As a service provider, we use considerably fewer resources than manufacturing companies. The resource consumption for the manufacturing and use of our products and network infrastructure occurs in up- and downstream stages of the value chain – with our suppliers and customers. This is why we are committed to the responsible handling of resources within our value chain, and are pursuing the following measures:
In Germany, we reduced the size of SIM card trays in 2019, saving more than 20 tonnes of plastic in the same year. In 2020, we introduced the half-size SIM card in all European national companies and were thus able to increase our savings even further. We use selected KPIs to measure and monitor continued improvements. The Cell Phone Collection ESG KPI measures, for example, the ratio of cell phones in circulation to the number of used devices collected (excluding T-Mobile US). We measure progress toward copper cable recycling with the “Copper Cable Recycling” KPI.
With our health, safety, and environmental management system (HSE ) we have made a commitment to continually improving our performance in these areas. The system is based on the international standards ISO 45001 on occupational health and safety, ISO 14001 on environmental management, and ISO 9001 on quality management. Our environmental guideline summarizes all of the current voluntary ecological commitments in effect throughout the Group.Reporting against standards