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HTC
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Sustainability summary

HTC has achieved the E-label. Very limited information is published about HTC policy for sustainability. HTC is not showing as much efforts or progress towards more sustainability as most of their competitors do. Therefore, more transparency and action is needed for HTC.

Brand owner: HTC Corporation
Head office: Taoyuan, Taiwan
Sector: Electronics
Categories : Smartphone
Free Tags: Headphone, Accessories & Services

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HTC sustainability score report

Last edited: 17 May 2016 by Norbert
Last reviewed: 17 May 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? HTC implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as energy efficiency management programs and sustainable product innovations (see link, page 103). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? HTC has reduced its climate footprint (Scope 1&2) of own operations from 54,626 tons of CO2e in 2013 (see link, 'Climate Change 2014 Response') to 46,452 tons of CO2e in 2014. This represents a decrease of around 15% (see link at previous question, page 103). Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? HTC mentions it has a target to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, but does not specify the target percentage or the target year (see link, page 103). Source
4. Does the brand (company) publish the annual carbon footprint that also covers the major suppliers, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce these carbon emissions? For 2013, HTC communicates 247,331 tons of CO2e for purchased goods and services. But, HTC does not specify a clear policy how to reduce these emissions (see link, 'Climate Change 2014 Response'). Source
5. Is at least 35% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? The overall use of renewable energy is not reported (see link, page 103). Source
6. Do all new products of the brand meet energy efficiency requirements such as Energy Star (where applicable)? HTC states that all of the power supplies that come with HTC's products are conform standards such as 'Energy Star''. But, whether all newly produced devices met respective energy efficiency standards is not yet specified (see link page 81 & 101). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 19
1. Has the brand (company) eliminated PVC in all new products? HTC does not mention a policy to eliminate PVC or BFR's. Source
2. Has the brand (company) eliminated BFR's in all new products? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least 2 of the 3 groups of suspect chemicals (beryllium, antimony and phthalates) in all its new products already? HTC does not mention a policy to eliminate beryllium, antimony or phthalates. Source
4. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of products? HTC does not mention whether benzene and n-hexane is banned in the final assembly of products. Source
5. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the full production chains? See remark for environmental policy question 4. Source
6. Does the brand (company) publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce the overall environmental impact of material use? HTC implements several measures to improve its annual material footprint, but does not publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product (see link, page 102). Source
7. Does the brand offer the charger as optional to the product? HTC does not mention anything about offering the charger as optional to the products. Source
8. Does the brand (company) source at least 10% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams and does the give a timeline to increase this percentage to at least 25% by 2025 ? HTC implements measure to recycle plastics, but it is not clear what percentage of total plastic use this constitutes (see link, page 155). Source
9. Does the brand (company) source at least 20% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? HTC implements several measures related to more sustainable packaging, but does not publish the annual packaging volumes/weights per material type (see link, page 81, 82 & 102). Source
11. Has the brand (company) a take back program and is the take back recyling rate higher than 5% of the weight of the annually products sold? HTC does not yet specify a recycling rate related to annually sold products (see link, page 102 & 156). Source
12. Is the take back recyling rate higher than 10% of the weight of the annually products sold? See remark for environmental policy question 11. Source
13. Has the brand (company) an active policy in place to increase the product life-span of products, such as longer warranty periods or easy repair with easy ordering of spare parts? HTC implements measures to manage its products life-cycle, but no clear best practice examples concerning prolonging its products lifespan are specified (see link, page 102 & 157). Source
14. Does the brand (company) use replaceable batteries in all portable devices? HTC does not communicate information about the usage of replaceable batteries. Source
15. Does the brand (company) provide online repair manuals for all products? Online repair manuals for HTC products are provided via iFixit. Source
16. Does the brand (company) guarantee supply of spare parts and software updates for all products, for at least 3 years after end of production? Lenovo doesn't mention anything concrete about the supply of spare parts or software updates after end of production. Source
17. Does the brand (company) give at least a 3 years warranty on all products? HTC is not clear about extended, 'longer than usual' warranty. Source
18. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint and is there a policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? HTC publishes the water use of its Taoyuan factory's (589.272 tons in 2014). But, it remains unclear whether data published for Taiwan represent HTC's entire water footprint (see link, page 103 & 104). Source
19. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint that also covers its most important suppliers? A water and/or land use footprint that also covers HTC's most important suppliers is not published yet (see link, page 103 & 104). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 14
1. Does the brand (company) regularly publish an updated list of smelters that are identified in the own supply chain? HTC does not publish a list of smelters. Source
2. Does the brand (company) have a clear policy to only source from smelters that have passed the conflict-free audits, and has the brand already achieved this for at least one metal/mineral? HTC aimed to utilize only certified conflict-free minerals in its products by 2016. But, whether this goal can be considered achieved (at least for one mineral) is not yet specified. Source
3. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 1 initiative that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? HTC is a member of the 'Conflict-Free Smelters Program' (CFSP). Source
4. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 2 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? HTC communicates that its closely following the efforts of the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and the international tin industry association (ITRI), but does not mention membership at any of these endorsed initiatives. Source
5. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 3 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? See remark for labor conditions policy question 4. Source
6. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 4 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? See remark for labor conditions policy question 4. Source
7. Does the brand (company) have a Code of Conduct (CoC) for both its own factories and those of its suppliers, which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? In HTC's 'Supplier Code of Conduct' (CoC), all standards are mentioned (see link). However, in its own operations CoC prohibition concerning child labour and forced labour is not specified (see link, next question). Source
8. Does the brand’s (company’s) CoC include at least 3 of the following workers rights: 1. a formally registered employment relationship 2. a maximum working week of 48 hours with voluntary paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. a sufficient living wage 4. form and join labor unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, to develop parallel means? In the 'Supplier CoC': 1. Not mentioned; 2. No, maximum working week is 60 hours, 'except in emergency cases and unusual situations', which can mean anything; 3. No mentioning of living wage, 4. No, Freedom of association is mentioned, but it is unclear if this right is restricted by law. The standards in its own operations CoC are even weaker (formulated). Source
9. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? HTC does not mention any list of direct suppliers. Source
10. Is the brand (company) a member of a multi stakeholder initiative (MSI), wherein independent NGO’s or labor unions are represented, that collectively aims to improve labor conditions and that carries out independent audits? Or does the brand (company) significantly purchase its supplies from factories certified by such MSI’s? HTC is a member of EICC and GeSI, but civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in this initiative (see link, page 83). Source
11. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Are more than 95% of final manufacturing stage production facilities monitored for labour conditions? HTC does not publish a comprehensive report on the results of its labor conditions policy. Source
12. Are at least 25% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source
13. Are at least 50% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source
14. Are at least 50% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct - including a living wage? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source