At the end of January 2018 the Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC) once again organized the Corporate Social Responsibility Forum. At the event in Guangzhou, China, some 200 representatives from ICT companies, equipment makers, consulting firms, audit firms, international NGOs and science discussed how, after a fundamental review of the supply chain, a long-term improvement in sustainability performance can be achieved. The discussions also included how transparency with regard to production conditions can be improved in the downstream production stages. One main finding from the forum was that a closer, ongoing relationship between the players involved is the key to an improved sustainability performance in the downstream supply chain.
During a panel discussion, representatives from Nokia, ZTE, Huawei, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom and audit firm SGS announced an alliance to establish the JAC Academy. The aim of this Academy will be to strengthen skills at the suppliers’ factories in order to implement and measure JAC requirements in a structured framework. JAC is an alliance of currently 16 telecommunications providers; Deutsche Telekom is a founding member.