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ZTE
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Sustainability summary

ZTE has achieved the E-label. Very limited information is published about ZTE policy for sustainability. ZTE 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 ZTE.

Brand owner: ZTE Corp.
Head office: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Sector: Electronics
Categories : Smartphone, Tablet
Free Tags: Accessories & Services

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ZTE sustainability score report

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

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? ZTE implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as energy efficiency management programs and the use of renewable energy (see link, page 36-42). 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? ZTE reduced its climate footprint (Scope 1&2) of own operations from 175,589 tons of CO2e in 2011, to 168,484 tons of CO2e in 2014. This represents a decrease of around 4,1% (see link, page 36). 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? ZTE mentions it sets targets to reduce their climate emissions, but does not specify the target percentage or a the target year (see link, page 36-42). 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? ZTE does not publish a climate footprint that also covers it major supplier at least. Also, information on a clear policy to mitigate climate emissions in its supply chain is not specified (see link, page 36-42, 48 & 49). Source
5. Is at least 35% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? ZTE reports on the generation and use of renewable energy, but is not clear about the total percentage share (see link, page 40). Source
6. Do all new products of the brand meet energy efficiency requirements such as Energy Star (where applicable)? ZTE is not clear about it whether all new consumer products meet energy efficiency requirements by standards such as 'Energy Star'. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 19
1. Has the brand (company) eliminated PVC in all new products? ZTE 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? ZTE 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? ZTE 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? ZTE 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. Source
7. Does the brand offer the charger as optional to the product? ZTE 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 ? ZTE does not explicitly mention the source of the plastics, nor the use of recycled plastics. 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? ZTE implements several measures related to more sustainable packaging, but does not publish the annual packaging volumes/weights per material type (see link, page 39-45). 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? ZTE does not yet specify a recycling rate related to annually sold products. 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? ZTE implements measures to manage its products life-cycle, but no clear best practice examples concerning prolonging its products lifespan are specified. Source
14. Does the brand (company) use replaceable batteries in all portable devices? ZTE mentions the use of replaceable batteries in some of its products, but it's not clear if all of them contain these. Source
15. Does the brand (company) provide online repair manuals for all products? Online repair manuals for ZTE 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? ZTE does not mention anything about a garanteed supply of spare part or software updates. Source
17. Does the brand (company) give at least a 3 years warranty on all products? ZTE does not mention anything about an extended warranty period for its products on its website. 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? ZTE implements measures related to water use, but does not publish its annual water footprint of own operations. Reporting on land use, and its footprint, is not specified either. 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 ZTE's most important suppliers is not published yet. 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? ZTE does not publish a list of suppliers on its website. 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? ZTE has developed a non-conflict minerals policy, and joined GeSI (Global e-Sustainability Initiative). However, it is not clear if conflict mineral smelters are excluded for ZTE products (see link, page 48). 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? ZTE is a member 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? ZTE does not mention membership at any other 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? All standards are explicitly mentioned in ZTE's supplier code of conduct (CoC) (see link). But, ZTE does not clearly specify labour standards for its own employee's (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 not specified; 3. No mentioning of living wage, 4. Yes, Freedom of association is mentioned. But, ZTE does not clearly specify labour standards for its own employee's. 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? ZTE does not publish a list of 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? ZTE is a member of GeSi, but civil society organizations have no decisive voice in this initiative (see link, page 48). 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? ZTE does not explicitly 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