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O2
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 17

Sustainability summary

O2 has achieved the C-label. O2 is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed.

Brand owner: Telefonica S.A.
Head office: Madrid, Spain
Sector: Telecom
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Free Tags: Teléfonica, mobile communications, internet

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O2 sustainability score report

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

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 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? Telefónica (brand owner of O2) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions both from its own operations and from beyond its own operations, such as using renewable energy, negotiating lower emissions from suppliers, and helping customers save energy through the internet of things (IoT; see link, page 21, 22, 73, 175, 176). 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? Telefónica publishes the climate footprint of its own operations for 2015 and 2016, and has reduced its absolute climate footprint from 1866070 tons of CO2e to 1372145 tons of CO2e (see link, page 153). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Telefónica reports for 2016 to have used 43.6% renewable energy on total electricity consumption (see link, page 170), but is not clear about the sources of supply. 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? Telefónica reports that the PUE of its data centers is 1.85 (see link under ICT1.4). 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? Telefónica publishes its climate footprint beyond own operations for 2015 and 2016, and has reduced the absolute climate footprint from 1198701 tons of CO2e to 1019875 tons of CO2 (see link, page 171). 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? In 2016, Telefónica has set a targe to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 only by 50%, not by 100% (see link under CC2.2a). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 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? Telefónica reports that of the devices used in its operations and by its customers, 69% were recycled and almost 27% reused, but it does not disclose similar information about recycled input materials (see link, page 163). 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? Telefónica reports its annual waste by type, weight and way of disposal and has reduced its annual absolute waste footprint from 26782 tons in 2015 to 23508 tons in 2016 (see link, page 16, 157 and 163). Source
3. Does the brand recycle at least 90% of its waste, rather than incinerating it or dumping it on a landfill? Telefónica reports that in 2016 a total of 97.2% of its 23508 tons of waste was recycled (see link, page 16, 162, 163). Source
4. Has the brand set a target to become fully circular by 2030, and is it on track to achieving this target? Telefónica does not report a target to become fully circular (see link, page 159-164). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 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? Telefónica has a supplier Code of Conduct that covers all the basic standards to ensure workers' rights (see link, pages 5-7), and Telefónica's annual report from 2016 provides a summary about social compliance in the supply chain (see previous link, pages 63-70). 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? Telefónica asks suppliers to have a policy and a procedure that makes reasonably sure that their tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold are conflict-free, but does not report to only source from conflict-free smelters for at least one metal or mineral (see link, page 71). 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? Telefónica does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source