07 August 2003 | Colleen Harris
Mobile telecommunications firm mmO2 is to work with its suppliers to improve their environmental practices as part of its first corporate responsibility report.
The telecoms company, which demerged from BT in November 2001, spends around ?2 billion a year on products and services including mobile handsets, base stations - which transmit mobile telephone signals - and switching products.
Its new corporate responsibility report, What Mobile Can Do, sets out plans for a green purchasing policy, said Arnie Bawden, procurement manager.
The first step will be a questionnaire sent out to 20 of the company's main suppliers for information on sensitive issues including disposal of hazardous computing waste, IT hardware and the re-use of mobile base station equipment.
He told SM: "We will be asking questions such as do the suppliers have a formal environmental policy statement, do they comply with international labour standards and what codes of practice do they use?
"We will also be asking how they manage environmental issues within their supply chains," he said.
"Our approach is to consider the full life-cycle of the products we purchase and not just the conditions under which they are manufactured," he added.