Handset manufacturers answer over 200 questions about the environmental and ethical performance of each mobile phone. These questions are based on research about the life cycle of a mobile phone, input from our customers and stakeholders on the issues that are most important to them, international sustainability initiatives in the electronics industry, and input from environmental groups including Greenpeace’s ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’.
The scores are combined across three categories:
1. Green Design
This shows you if a mobile phone contains special features to improve its environmental performance. Scores are higher for phones that include innovative sustainability features such as being free of hazardous chemicals, or have special energy saving modes and smart charging systems, or are made with recycled plastics and metals.
2. Mobile Phone Life Cycle
This score measures the environmental impact of a mobile phone across its lifetime. The biggest impact on the environment happens within the first two stages: mining of metals and minerals and the production of the phone. The calculation includes the phone and all its components, battery, charger and packaging.
3. Company Performance
This tells you how committed the manufacturer is to managing environmental and ethical issues in their operations and in their supply chain. Questions are asked about the company’s management standards, policies and procedures. Points are awarded for practices that go beyond Vodafone’s ethical standards for suppliers and what they’re legally required to do.