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29 May 2012 | Adam Leach
Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia will work with and train its suppliers on how to reduce the amount of water they use in production, its latest sustainability report has said.
The Nokia Sustainability Report 2011 published yesterday, explained that more than 50 per cent of its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions occur before the components reach its own factories. It said that this highlighted the importance of reducing the environmental impact across its supply chain.
In 2011, the company developed a water strategy that contained actions to address water usage in the supply chain. The company will raise awareness of the risks of water scarcity through its supply chain by holding workshops and training sessions with suppliers on the issue.
It also said it will encourage suppliers to implement water reduction targets, monitor the amount of water they use and put in measures to recycle water where possible. Nokia will work closely with suppliers in areas at particular risk of water scarcity to enable them to better manage water use.
During the past year the company also adapted the Nokia Supplier Requirements - a policy that covers vendor obligations such as worker rights - to factor in the use of conflict minerals. From January 2012, suppliers to the company were required to commit to a conflict mineral policy and to carry out due diligence on minerals. Those who did not commit by 2012 had to provide Nokia with an action plan to bring them up to the level of compliance.
Stephen Elop, CEO at Nokia, said: “We are focused on honing the direction we give our suppliers and measuring their performance, ensuring that they closely follow our comprehensive set of Nokia Supplier Requirements for environmental performance.”
In its internal operations, the company is moving to use LED monitors in its offices, as when in standby mode these screens have zero energy consumption.