O2 has become the first organisation to be awarded the top level of the Carbon Trust Standard for Supply Chain.
The telecommunications provider achieved the Level 3 certification through creating contracts with suppliers to enrol in carbon reduction programmes.
These suppliers represent almost 20% of O2’s supply chain emissions.
The standard acts as the world’s first independent certification to measure and manage supply chain emissions. O2 anticipates more suppliers will engage with the reduction programme following the certification.
The firm was first awarded a Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon in 2010 for successfully reducing operational emissions, which have now fallen by 80% in five years.
Much of the carbon savings were delivered through O2’s Think Big programme, which has seen two million mobile devices recycled, reducing emissions by 10,000 tonnes and saving 26 million litres of water in the process.
The company said: “We have taken a particularly strong approach, ensuring that commitments to carbon reductions are included in supplier contracts for each major purchase.
“It’s a testament to our commitment to being a responsible business that we use our procurement process to not only deliver high quality products and services to our customers but to also push our suppliers towards making commitments to emissions reductions.”
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