Sustainability Declaration and CEO statement
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. Our Company is also governed by the Ascom Code Ethical Business of Conduct, which forms the basis of our corporate culture.

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

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015 the General Assembly of the United Nations launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in order to reach the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development. The SDGs are a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. As a responsible player and a member of the UN Global Compact, Ascom aims to contribute to these sustainability goals through social activities, sustainability initiatives, product support and living-up to ethical business principles. 

Ascom receives Gold recognition for Corporate Social Responsibility efforts in 2020

Ascom has been awarded for the fourth consecutive time with a Gold rating, the highest recognition of EcoVadis, a rating company in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) specialized in Supplier Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains. More than 30,000 companies use EcoVadis to reduce risk, drive innovation and foster transparency and trust between trading partners.

The Gold rating is awarded to companies which are ranked in the top 5% of suppliers assessed by EcoVadis in all categories. The EcoVadis CSR analysis system assesses 21 criteria across four topics:

  • Environment
  • Labor/Human Rights
  • Ethics
  • Sustainable Procurement

The highest recognition of EcoVadis proves that for Ascom sustainability is paramount to the company. Ascom has the intention of continuously improving its sustainability efforts. Therefore, additional measures were taken like online training on business ethics and structured mechanisms to deal with policy violations. Ascom was also particularly noted for work involving the ISO 14001 certifications and being a Global Compact Signatory.

Ascom environmental targets

Ascom is committed to minimize its environmental impact. The Environmental Policy of Ascom is showing the commitment to protect the environment and to pursue a sustainable way of doing business. The policy is implemented in the Sustainability Roadmap of Ascom.

Ascom continuously set detailed targets and new objectives on these topics. Important targets include:

Strive for continuous improvement of products and their impact on the environment throughout their life cycle and design solutions to optimize power consumption during use

Reduce power consumption during use (roadmap 2018/20 targets)

–        Mobility: Smart Device Ascom Myco, Cellular variant, shall be more power efficient than previous Ascom Myco versions
–        Software: Reduce power consumption per message processed at peak load
–        Reduction of the patient stations power consumption (0.80W to 0.08W)

Optimization of materials/production processes

Material efficiency (roadmap 2018/20 targets)

–        Cardboard boxes in project should be made of at least 70% recycled paper. Manuals developed in project should be made of at least 70% recycled paper
–        Pilot project to assess the possibility to increase recycling of batteries

Reducing CO2 impact in the service organization by reducing the mileage

Reduce Business Travel (roadmap 2018/20 targets)

–        Benelux: Increase the remote support percentage to 50%. This will reduce the travelling hours more than 30%.
–        DACH: Reduction of km per service ticket with 5%
–        Nordics (FI & SE, ISO 14001 certified countries in Nordic region): make service more efficient, amount of remote support in Sweden should be 85% and in Finland 90%
–        UK: Increase rate of remote service by 80%

Responsible Supply chain

Supplier due diligence and improvements (roadmap 2018/20 targets)

–        Due diligence follow-up on CSR issues on first-tier suppliers

Site specific objectives