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Sustainability summary

Ben has achieved the E-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort Ben is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Deutsche Telekom AG
Head office: Bonn, Germany
Sector: Telecom
Categories : Telephony
Free Tags: Telekom group, Simonly, prepaid

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Ben sustainability score report

Last edited: 20 April 2018 by RSM - Students
Last reviewed: 20 April 2018 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 10
1. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from both its own operations and from beyond its own operations? Deutsche Telekom (brand owner of Ben) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions both from its own operations and from beyond its own operations, such as reducing their fleet's fuel consumption and providing consumers with energy-efficient products and services, such as cloud services (see link, pages 131-133). Source
2. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Deutsche Telekom publishes the climate footprint of its own operations, and has reduced its absolute climate footprint from 3.5 million tons of CO2e in 2015 to 3.3 million tons of CO2e in 2016 (see link, page 171) . Source
3. Is at least 10% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Deutsche Telekom reports for 2016 to have used 33% renewable energy on total electricity consumption, but is only 10% when renewables from the grid average are excluded. Furthermore, this 10% includes certificates where additionality is questionable, and sources and types of supply need to be explicated more clearly (see link, pages 157, 158). Source
4. Is at least 40% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Is at least 70% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
6. Is 100% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
7. Is the overall average Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) of the data center(s) below 1.60? Deutsche Telekom reports a PUE value of 1,54 for its data centers in Germany and a PUE value of 1,66 for its data centers worldwide. As Ben operates in the exclusively in the Netherlands, the PUE value of its data centers are unclear (see link, page 137). Source
8. Is the overall average Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) of the data center(s) below 1.40? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 7. Source
9. Has the brand (owner) disclosed its annual absolute climate footprint that is 'beyond own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Deutsche Telekom reports that its absolute annual climate footprint beyond own operations in the Netherlands (where Ben exclusively operates) has increased from189,836 tons CO2e in 2015, to 190,656 tons CO2 in 2016 (see link, page 132). Source
10. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Deutsche Telekom plans to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 compared with 2008 (excluding T-Mobile USA), but does not report a goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2030 (see link, page 131). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 4
1. Does the brand (company) report the recycled input materials it uses for its product offering and/or new electronics used in its own operations as a percentage of its total input materials? Deutsche Telekom reports several measures to promote the circular economy, but does not report what percentage of its input materials has been recycled (see link, page 142-143). Source
2. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and has it decreased its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? Deutsche Telekom reports a decrease in waste from 74,047 tons in 2015 to 73,295 tons in 2016, but although it reports engaging in recycling, it does not categorize its waste by disposal method (see link, pages 142, 143, 178). Source
3. Does the brand recycle at least 90% of its waste, rather than incinerating it or dumping it on a landfill? Deutsche Telekom mentions it is active in recycling, but does not report what percentage of its total waste is recycled (see link, pages 142, 143, 178). Source
4. Has the brand set a target to become fully circular by 2030, and is it on track to achieving this target? Deutsche Telekom does not report a target to become fully circular (e.g., see link, pages 142-143). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 3
1. Does the brand (owner) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes all the basic standards to ensure workers' rights such as no child labour, no bonded labour, a safe workplace and no excessive overwork? And is there at least a progress report once every two years on implementation of this Code of Conduct? Deutsche Telekom has a supplier Code of Conduct, but it is unclear whether the national legal standards it adheres to regarding remuneration and overwork always meet ILO conventions (see link, pages 1 & 2). The company does provide an adequate annual summary about social compliance in its supply chain (see previous link, pages 120-126). 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? Deutsche Telekom reports supporting the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative, but does not report to only source from conflict-free smelters for at least one metal or mineral (see link, page 127). Source
3. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Deutsche Telekom does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source