Circular fair smartphones - Joint Statement of Demand

The statement is supported by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Electronics Watch and the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network, published in January 2021.

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As major consumers of smartphones, ICLEI members and Procura+ participants are challenging the market with a joint statement of demand outlining their vision towards fair and circular smartphones by 2025.                                       

The statement comes as 9 points of actionable ambitions such as

  • By 2025, we are tendering with harmonised criteria and clauses that push for fair and safe working conditions and environmental sustainability across the entire supply chain including raw materials extraction, manufacturing and delivery stages as well as at repairing, reuse, recycling and disposal stages of smartphones and its components
  • By 2025 we are procuring 2nd-life devices, which meet all of our needs, in terms of quantity, quality, and security.
  • By 2025 we can apply certification and worker-driven monitoring to contribute to circularity, environmental and social responsibility supported by regular dialogue for continuous improvement.

Read the Joint Statement


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