Sustainability Declaration and CEO statement

Sustainability at Ascom

As an internationally active technology Group, Ascom takes its business, environmental and social responsibilities seriously. A sustainable, responsible approach means delivering our products and services in an environmentally friendly, secure and reliable manner while remaining committed to business success. In 2010, Ascom became a member of the UN Global Compact, and we are fully committed to promoting the key principles.

In its business activities, Ascom focuses on sustainable growth and value creation based on innovation and quality management. From the responsible sourcing of raw materials to energy-efficient offices, from rigorous compliance standards to recycling programs, Ascom constantly strives to minimize its environmental impact.

Our commitment to sustainable practices is achieving good results. For example, an independent life-cycle assessment found that the Ascom Myco handset produces 52-73 kg in CO2eq across its full life cycle, which is less than consumer smartphones. And we have implemented recycling systems for areas with limited collection and recycling infrastructures.

Ascom has implemented a Sustainability Directive as of 1 January 2011, which applies to all employees worldwide and includes company-specific sustainability standards. Externally, we regularly assess suppliers and partners, and actively work with government authorities and NGOs on a broad range of sustainability and environmental issues.

UN Global Compact

In 2010, Ascom became a member of the UN Global Compact—the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Ascom is fully committed to promoting the key principles of the  Membership which commits Ascom to:

  • operate responsibly in alignment with universal principles
  • take strategic actions that support the society around them
  • commit at the highest level
  • report annually on their efforts
  • engage locally where they have a presence

Ascom receives Gold recognition from EcoVadis for Corporate Social Responsibility efforts in 2017

Ascom has been awarded a Gold rating for the second consecutive time from EcoVadis, a rating company in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The Gold rating is the highest recognition awarded in Supplier Sustainability across global supply chains.

The Gold rating is awarded to companies which are ranked in the top 3% of suppliers assessed by EcoVadis in all categories. The EcoVadis CSR analysis system assesses 21 criteria across four categories:

  • Environment
  • Fair Labor
  • Ethics/Fair Business
  • Supply Chain

The highest recognition of EcoVadis proves that to Ascom sustainability policy and practice is a firmly established priority. Ascom continuously improves its sustainability efforts, implementing additional measures like online training on business ethics and structured mechanisms to quickly address any policy violations. Ascom was also favorably acknowledged for work involving the ISO 14001 certifications and being a Global Compact Signatory.

More than 30,000 companies use EcoVadis to reduce risk, drive innovation and foster transparency and trust between trading partners.

 

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