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12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Evaluate options with reduced toxicity during manufacturing and end-of-life processing




SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target


By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment


Category Assessment



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Analyze the following areas to establish a comprehensive understanding of:
(1) Raw material extraction –air and water pollution associated with raw materials used in equipment; and materials used for copy paper.
(2) Product manufacturing –greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution, and the production of hazardous waste.
(3) End of life –e-waste generation, including leaching of hazardous substances and reduced air and water quality from incineration.


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Improving worker health and safety in the raw material extraction, product manufacturing, and disposal phases, due to reduced exposure to hazardous chemicals and substances.

Minimize the impact on the environment and health safety concerns as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Establish goals and targets that you see fit for your company and the potential commercial benefits associated with a sustainable initiative
(2) Work with your suppliers and identify if a recycling option exists for your end product
(3) Ask the supplier for toxic minerals report of current/prospect mobile phones
(4) If toxic chemicals are present, evaluate sourcing other options that fit requirements set out by engineering without lead, halogens, or other toxic chemicals.
(5) Create a proposal for procedure change on decision criteria for purchasing phones that includes toxic chemicals as a consideration or limitation
(6) Get alignment with Engineering, and other stakeholders/decision-makers
(7) Execute new procedure change in purchasing (EOI/ RFQ, etc.)
(8) Award contract and monitor

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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In contracts, require vendors to provide take-back services using providers certified under the R2 or E-Stewards Standards (or non-US equivalent program);

(1) Encourage vendors and manufacturers to engage in key initiatives to address supply chain impacts, such as initiative for
(a) Responsible Mining Assurance and
(b) Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.


Supplier Performance & Management

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Integrate annual checks for conflict mineral reporting, compliance with warranty/quality assurance clauses.
Establish internal and external reporting on the specific product being purchased is compliant at the point of sale; confirm manufacturer compliance with standards.
Training; including IT/technology staff representatives, procurement officer personnel, the chief information officer (CIO), and initial product testers.

Resource Links

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(2) Lead in semiconductor;