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12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Procure sustainable prducts and be responsible with assest disposal




SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target


By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse


Category Assessment



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(1)Evaluate options with longer longevity and quality assurance - check if the supplier is ISO-14001, ISO 9001 compliant.
(2) Evaluate what standards are currently in place for recycling and reusing hardware. Ask the supplier for visibility into where their materials are procured from and read through any environmental/sustainable reporting if the supplier has one on their website.
(3) Understand the suppliers' organizational policy for prioritizing extending product lifespans, equipment repair, and refurbishment.


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A circular economy is a great opportunity for cost reductions and/or saving opportunities and potentially a new avenue for growth as suppliers diversify their services.

A proper recycling/ reuse program can prevent hazardous waste from entering the landfill. The reuse of materials reduces the exposure of the environment to negative chemicals involved in the production process and disposal process.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Conduct the steps in assessment to see if there is an opportunity for more products to be recycled.
(2) Evaluate potential commercial benefits associated with the recycling end product and the opportunity to refurbish products for reuse.
(3) Align with suppliers on the potential for implementation of a takeback or exchange program.
(4) implement a company policy to ensure that employees are following the necessary procedures for recycling their computers.
(5) Implement training programs instructing employees of these necessary procedures

When developing a green strategy around product disposal and identify a supplier that can help you with achieving green targets, consider:
(a) Suppliers that have in place, a buyback or trade-in program of telecoms equipment you no longer require; this will allow additional inventory overhead for parts you need. It can also act as a way to generate additional revenue for your budget needs
(b) Suppliers that have a built-in recycling program in their service offering; parts that can no longer by refurbished be disposed of safely, allowing you to track the carbon reduction progress
(c) Suppliers that build their services around sustainability, that is aligned to your green targets; a supplier that is best-fit to your organization should be able to package their offerings into a turnkey solution, with all activities carried out in line with regulatory legislation.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(1) In contracts, require vendors to provide takeback services using providers certified under the R2 or E-Stewards Standards (or non-US equivalent program), as well as TCO certified electronics.
(2) This can easily be modified into an exchange program if the suppliers need more of an incentive to do a takeback program.
(3) Consider contract-specific items to be included in your EOI/ RFP and when selecting suppliers; goals and targets that are specific to your targets.
(4) Leverage long term contacts and additional business creation to your advantage.

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, refurbished, and disposed of; confirm manufacturer compliance with standards.
Training; including IT/technology staff representatives, procurement officer personnel, the chief information officer (CIO), and product end-user quality checks

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