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  • 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report

Fairphone 2 at T-Mobile Austria

T-Mobile Austria actively supports Dutch company Fairphone in its efforts to raise awareness of fair electronics and promote responsibility in the industry. In 2018, the company extended its support to Austrian Fairphoners, the first Austrian Fairphone community. It also provided financial aid for the Global 2000 Fairness Run community fund in Vienna and the Südwind Street Festival. The Austrian Fairphoners community aims to connect Fairphone users in Austria and to spread the word about the Fairphone movement.

T-Mobile Austria is one of the first mobile network providers in the world and the only provider in Austria to combine a mobile contract with Fairphone 2, the first sustainable and socially responsible smartphone. The company has been offering this product since early 2016. It gives new and current customers an opportunity to choose a sustainable way of life when it comes to their smartphones.

Fairphone focuses on four main challenges: to make mining at the beginning of the value chain, design, production, and the product life cycle more sustainable and transparent. In order to achieve this goal, the company cooperates with initiatives for the extraction of tin and tantalum from conflict-free mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo and sources conflict-free tungsten from Rwanda. It also created the first pilot supply chain for fair-trade gold in smartphones and promotes longevity through the modular product design of Fairphone 2. Spare parts for Fairphone 2 can also be ordered through T-Mobile Austria so as to facilitate long-term use of the product.