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When I published my review of tech company sustainability reports a couple of weeks back, it was suggested that I should add in telco’s as well. Instead, for clarity, I decided to publish a separate review of telco sustainability reports here.
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Some points to note from the review:
- BT & Telefonica both produced very good reports (though Telefonica’s was only in Spanish which limits how accessible it is outside of the Spanish-speaking world)
- T-Mobile were let down by their chairman, Ren? Obermann, whose contribution was a cut & paste of an online interview he did a couple of months back as opposed to a report specific communication. Matters were made worse by the fact that the picture of the chairman in the report shows him with bottled water. In their Sustainability Report!
- China Mobile produced an excellent report (in Chinese and English) which was let down only by the lack of external audit
- Telecom Italia’s report was one of the best in terms of data transparency
- AT&T’s 2008 report is very nicely laid out but it is dated, only to GRI level C and not externally assured
- Telenor didn’t bother producing a report (that I could find) but they do have a Corporate Responsibility site while
- 3 (owned by Hutchinson Whampoa) don’t have any Corporate Responsibility site or report that I could find on any of its sites. For shame.
If you have any updates or would like to suggest a company, please feel free to do so in the comments below and I’ll happily update the post.
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Tom, I don’t suppose you have any information on diesel use by telcos? I think diesel use at remote or off-grid towers is a major pollutant, and one that comes at prime locations for renewable solutions.
Tom Raftery says
It is a very good question Cormac to which I don’t have any figures to hand but several of the telcos here mention in their sustainability reports that they are trialling cell phone masts powered by renewables. This is at an early stage as yet, but expect it to become more common.