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Motorola
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 9 out of 39

Sustainability summary

Motorola has achieved the D-label. The brand has started to take sustainability into account, such as reporting on and reducing climate emissions and partnering with initiatives to avoid the use of conflict minerals. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Lenovo Group Limited
Head office: Peking, China
Sector: Electronics
Categories : Smartphone
Free Tags: Lenovo Group, Phone, Accessories & Services

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Motorola sustainability score report

Last edited: 17 May 2016 by Emily
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? Motorola Mobility implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as energy efficiency measures for its devices or the purchase of renewable energy. 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? Motorola Mobility reports its climate footprint (Scope 1&2) of own operations for 2014 only, which totalled 34,952 tons of CO2e (see link, "Climate Change 2015 Response", point CC7 & CC8). 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? Lenovo (brand owner of Motorola Mobility) has set a target to reduce 40% of its global own operations greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, compared to base year 2010 (see link, page 26). 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? Motorola Mobility does not publish a climate footprint that also covers the production chain, respectively its major suppliers (see link, "Climate Change 2015 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? Motorola Mobility communicates that 66% of the power used in its U.S. operations is covered by wind energy. However, its global use of renewable energy isn't specified yet. Source
6. Do all new products of the brand meet energy efficiency requirements such as Energy Star (where applicable)? Motorola Mobility communicates that its current average phone charger in standby mode consumes 70% less energy than in 2000, and that its average charger uses only 0.10 watts, which is 66% lower than the ENERGY STAR standard. But, no information are provided about its devices itself. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

3 out of 19
1. Has the brand (company) eliminated PVC in all new products? Motorola Mobility communicates that its entire mobile device product range is now free from brominated flame retardants (BFR) and contains no PVC. 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? Motorola Mobility has eliminated phthalates, and communicates it is compliant with EU and China directives on on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS). But, it doesn't provide specific information regarding elimination of beryllium and antimony. Source
4. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of products? Motorola Mobility doesn't 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? Motorola Mobility doesn't mention whether benzene and n-hexane is banned in the full production chain. 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? Motorola Mobility communicates that measures are implemented to reduce the overall environmental impact of material use, but doesn't publish its annual material footprint. Source
7. Does the brand offer the charger as optional to the product? Motorola Mobility communicates that chargers are sold separately in some markets, which implies that this is not applicable for its entire, global operations. 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 ? Motorola Mobility uses recycled plastic from water bottles for the housing of mobile phones. However, the percentage of this plastic on total plastic use is not published. 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? Motorola Mobility implements several measures to reduce the impact of its packaging, such as using recycled and FSC certified paper content, as well as reducing the amount of packaging used per product. However the examples are anecdotal, there is no overall performance reported. 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? Motorola Mobility runs take back programs which accept any mobile phone or accessory. But, the exact recycling rate isn't specified. 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? Motorola Mobility doesn't mention an active policy to increase its products' life-span. Source
14. Does the brand (company) use replaceable batteries in all portable devices? Motorola Mobility is not clear about it whether its batteries are replaceable or not. Source
15. Does the brand (company) provide online repair manuals for all products? Online repair manuals for Motorola 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? Motorola Mobility does not mention anything 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? Motorola Mobility 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? Motorola Mobility does not publish a land or water use footprint, but mentions a general policy to reduce energy, climate impact, water use and waste. Source
19. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint that also covers its most important suppliers? See remark for environmental policy question 18. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 out of 14
1. Does the brand (company) regularly publish an updated list of smelters that are identified in the own supply chain? Motorola Mobility mentions the list of certified smelters from the Conflict Free Smelter Initiative, but doesn't publish its own 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? Motorola Mobility has implemented a due diligence program to identify and trace tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, (3TG) minerals in its supply chain, based on the procedures and tools provided by the EICC and OECD. Whether at least one mineral can be considered as entirely conflict-free sourced isn't specified yet. 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? Motorola Mobility, as well as its new brand owner Lenovo, are also members of the Conflict-Free Smelter 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? Motorola Mobility became an associate member of iTSCi in 2014. 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? Lenovo (brand owner of Motorola Mobility) has also joined the 'IDH Banka Tin Working Group'. 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? Motorola Mobility does not mention membership at any other endorsed, active initiative. 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? All standards are mentioned in Motorola Mobility's Code of Conduct (CoC) (see link, page 1-2). 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? 1. Not mentioned; 2. No, the CoC communicates a maximum of 60 hours per week but doesn't specify how many are overtime; 3. No, wages must comply with applicable wage laws but doesn't mention a living wage; 4. No, this right is mentioned but a parallel means in situations where these rights are restricted under law is not mentioned (see link, page 1-2). 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? Motorola Mobility does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers on its website. 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? Lenovo (brand owner of Motorola Mobility) is a member of EICC, but civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in this initiative. 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? Motorola Mobility conducted 119 supplier audits in 2014. However, the reporting is not specific enough regarding audit results and total production volume covered. 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