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ICT supply chain- uniting stakeholders to strengthen every link
Poor labour and environmental standards in the ICT supply chain have been highlighted in the media and by NGO campaigns. Concerns begin at the start of the supply chain, with mining in conflict zones for minerals used in industrial processes including components of electronic equipment.
Learning and capability building
GeSI is committed to building corporate responsibility capabilities in supply chains. Together with the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) wedeveloped a series of training modules and other resources for our member companies and their suppliers to help create greater awareness of social and environmental issues and to help implement change programmes.
E-TASC (Electronics – Tool for Accountable Supply Chains) is a web-based tool used by companies to manage their own factories, communicate with their customers, and assess their suppliers on corporate responsibility risks.
Extraction of metals
NGO campaigns such as MakeITFair and Enough have highlighted social, environmental and humanitarian issues associated with the extraction of certain metals used in components of ICT equipment. Mining of coltan (a tantalum-bearing ore), tin, tungsten and gold in conflict regions such as the Democratic Republic of Congo is a particular concern.
Conflict-Free Smelter Program
GeSI launched the Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Program in 2010 in partnership with the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) to provide information about smelters and refiners in the metals supply chain to enable ICT companies to source responsibly and reduce the risk of “conflict minerals” ending up in their products.
Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade
GeSI participates in the the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA), a joint initiative between governments, companies, and civil society to support supply chain solutions to conflict minerals challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region (GLR) of Central Africa.
GeSI and StEP e-Waste Academy
ICT has tremendous potential to help businesses and societies dramatically reduce their impact on the environment through solutions such as smart grids, buildings and logistical systems. As the ICT industry grows rapidly, retired handsets, servers, computers, and other “e-waste” are entering the waste stream in countries across the world.
Universal power adapter and charger solution
As the ICT industry grows rapidly, retired handsets, power adaptors, chargers, and other “e-waste” are entering the waste stream in countries across the world. More than 1.6 billion chargers were put on the market in 2010 mainly to replace older models and ensure compatibility with new ICT devices, and this number is expected to increase to more than 2.2 billion by 2014 putting an increasing burden on the environment (Gartner Forecast, February 2011).
Fixed network operator energy efficiency benchmark
Energy efficiency and carbon management are becoming increasingly important for ICT companies as they focus on driving down environmental footprint. Telecom operators need to be able to understand how they can improve their energy efficiency performance in relation to their peers.
GeSI SMARTer2020: The Role of ICT in Driving a Sustainable Future
GeSI's SMARTer2020 report demonstrates how the increased use of information and communication technology (ICT) such as video conferencing and smart building management could cut the projected 2020 global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 16.5%, amounting to $1.9 trillion in gross energy and fuel savings and a reduction of 9.1 Gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) of greenhouse gases. This is equivalent to >more than seven times the ICT sector’s emissions in the same period.