In partnership with our key device manufacturers, and guided by our understanding of what makes a device more environmentally responsible, Sprint has developed a set of Environmental Specifications for our suppliers.
The document provides environmental guidance and education to device suppliers and is updated periodically to incorporate new guidance or reflect evolving priorities.
We evaluate our device suppliers on a quarterly basis against a scorecard covering key performance expectations. The scorecard provides the minimum requirements to launch all postpaid or prepaid handsets. Handsets must comply with all requirements to be considered "compliant" for Sprint's Electronic Stewardship Policy.
Scorecard criteria may be modified each year to ensure continuous improvement in supplier performance. At the end of 2010, we modified the scorecard to incorporate a short list of environmental requirements, a subset of the Environmental Specifications document. Initially the environmental component of the scorecard constituted five percent of a supplier’s total performance score, but that was increased to six percent at the beginning of 2012.
Sprint notifies suppliers up to six months in advance of scorecard changes so they have adequate time to modify their processes before the changes will affect their quarterly evaluation.
For 2015, Sprint is using the following criteria to score each device:
|UL environment certified
(50 percent of environment scorecard)
|Energy management (20 percent of environment scorecard)
||Sustainable packaging (25 percent of environment scorecard)
||Life cycle management (15 percent of environment scorecard)
|Device, packaging and other in-box materials are UL 110 compliant at the Certified or Platinum level
- Compliance with universal microULB charger specification
- Energy efficiency of external power supplies: EC Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of External Power Supplies Version 4, April 8, 2009
- No-load power consumption rating 0.15W or less
|Packaging, internal components and in-box materials comply with Sprint standards, including:
- Material composition and structure
- Minimal use of glues, inks, labels and plastics
- Increase in use of recycled fiber, post-consumer waste, chlorine-free bleach
- Use of responsible inks and adhesives
- Recyclability rate (ability to separate plastics, metals and glass into clean fractions)
- Improve device reparability with the use of modular assemblies for the front cover, back cover and keyboard
- Device must contain a recycling envelope for returning the user’s old phone equipment
With the criteria now in place, we established an initial compliance baseline using phones launched in 2009. Then, we established a performance target of full supplier compliance with our environmental scorecard
for 70 percent of all devices launched annually. We do not expect to achieve 100 percent compliance; the criteria needs to be challenging enough to drive meaningful advances. Suppliers have responded favorably to the criteria and have impressed us with their speed in meeting the environmental criteria. This is a testament to the effectiveness of the process and the interest of the wireless industry as a whole to improve its environmental performance.