Swisscom: once again recognized as the most sustainable telecommunications operator in the world and crosses the million mark for the number of mobile phones collected

“Switzerland can be proud,” says Monika Wojcik, head of special projects at World Finance. “Swisscom has achieved something unparalleled in the world. The company has not only switched to 100% renewable energy produced in Switzerland, but has also reduced its overall energy needs by 80%. And it will also be climate neutral d ‘by 2025 for everything beyond that – from supply chains to employee travel. uses it, reducing the carbon footprint of the whole country.”

Recognition of the roadmap towards climate neutrality

Through the Sustainability Award(opens in a new tab) Launched in 2019, World Finance Magazine rewards companies with a strong commitment to implementing meaningful ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) measures and also continuously seeking opportunities to improve their sustainability efforts. The expert panel singled out Swisscom’s focus on the Paris Agreement, its contribution to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its overall sustainability strategy for special recognition. The committee praised Swisscom’s business practices and ethics, its leading role in establishing an ambitious sustainability strategy for the telecommunications sector and its issuance of green bonds to promote sustainable technological progress. Swisscom takes responsibility for people as well as the environment, and the panel felt this was particularly evident during the pandemic.

One Million Cell Phone Revenue for Children in Need

“This award is a fine recognition of our sustainable and responsible corporate governance,” said CEO Christoph Aeschlimann. “I would especially like to thank our customers for their commitment to sustainability. Just a few days ago, the millionth mobile phone was donated to Mobile Aid in a Swisscom Shop in Bern.” The Mobile Aid program allows customers and non-customers to donate their old smartphones to a good cause. “The proceeds from the one million donated mobile phones have already paid for 5 million meals for children in need,” says Aeschlimann. It is estimated that there are around eight million unused mobile phones in Switzerland. The material value alone easily exceeds the 60 million franc mark. The proceeds from the resale of used mobile phones and the appropriate recycling of old devices benefit SOS Children’s Villages Switzerland. Given the scarcity of natural resources, the material obtained from the recycling process is itself very valuable. The rare earth minerals needed to make new mobile phones come from all over the world. Mobile Aid enabled Swisscom to tap into a resource in its own country which, through recycling, creates social jobs with low entry requirements.

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