Intro to the sustainability scorecard

About the sustainability scorecard

The sustainability scorecard benchmarks the performance of a selection of companies against eight sustainability-related criteria. It is designed to highlight the areas in which these companies are more and less mature in their sustainability strategies. .

The scorecard features: 54 telecoms operators, 10 vendors, 7 global technology players and 2 infrastructure companies.

The purpose of the scorecard is to:

  1. Benchmark sustainability performance against competitors 
  2. Understand areas of relative strength 
  3. Identify specific actions operators can take to embed sustainability more effectively across their organisations. 

Our list of companies are scored against eight sustainability criteria including: 

1. Holistic sustainability reporting. Granular sustainability reporting and discussion of sustainability-related initiatives across the organisation are evidence of long-term and company-wide commitment.

2. Sustainability commitments and incentives. The integration of ESG performance into board and employee level incentives demonstrates that the organisation sees achieving sustainability targets as core to its long-term competitiveness.

3. Progress towards net-zero. Well-defined reporting frameworks – especially for scope 3 emissions – demonstrate an organisation’s commitment and increased confidence in its ability to meet emissions targets.

4. Green finance. The issuing of green bonds or sustainability-linked bonds shows a company’s commitment to raising money for projects supporting their effort towards sustainable practices.

5. Commitment to diversity and inclusion.Companies with a holistic approach to sustainability will articulate progress on diversity and inclusion initiatives, and how they bring long-term value to the organisation.

6. Commitment to biodiversity. Initiatives to assess and mitigate the organisation’s impact on biodiversity demonstrate forward thinking in the sustainability team.

7. Enablement. Companies that are committed to enabling their customers to reduce their carbon footprint will have concerted initiatives that are delivering measurable benefits.

8. Collaboration. Cross industry initiatives are crucial to bringing companies across the telecoms supply chain together to collectively progress standardisation on reporting and develop resources to drive sustainability agendas.

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