Cooperation Beyond Competition,
The Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC) on behalf of its 16 member companies: AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, KPN, MTC, Orange, Proximus, Rogers, Swisscom, Telefónica, Telenor, Telia Company, TELSTRA, TIM, VEON, Verizon and Vodafone has held the 8th JAC Forum, which took place across 2 days – 16th and 17th January 2019 hosted in Shenzhen, China. In the spirit of “Co-operation Beyond Competition”, JAC has been making continuous efforts and progress towards improving the sustainability of its members, suppliers and the ICT industry.
The JAC Forum 2019 gathered more than 260 sustainability and procurement professionals from leading telecom operators, suppliers in the Information Communication Technology sector (ICT), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and researchers.
The focus of this Forum was the tremendous opportunities, as well as new regulations related to “Circular Economy” and having a common understanding on the principles and practices underpinning the responsible use of the planet’s resources. Topics included responsible use of minerals and metals, collaboration across the product life cycle, sharing of reporting and risk assessment tools and related assurance processes.
In the afternoon of the 16th, a good illustration of new products and services was presented by 8 start-ups which looked to address health & safety issues and contribute to tackling climate change with products addressing air pollution and water waste. The 8 start-ups that attended were:
Start-upsProducts illustrated Green Startups Accelerator and Moyee TechnologyAcceleration” +”impact investing” to help startups Air Washing technology OHSACSR / EHS information management toolkit TeeviewPsychological health assessment by AI technology
|BeeInventor||Smart IoT device for workers’ safety and health|
|MicroHAOPs||Water treatment by micro-granular adsorptive filtration (uGAF) technology|
|Smart Air||Cost-effective air purifiers and raise awareness about air pollution|
|Omniscient Technology||Waste water treatment solution|
After the welcome speech in the morning of the 17th, Bernardo Scammacca, the Chairman of the JAC Operational Committee, presented updates to JAC on-site audits and corrective action activities as well as the 5 “beyond audits” JAC strategies.
The benefits of the recently established JAC Academy, which allows companies to train and certify in assessing and improving their supply chains, was further explored in the panel discussion lead by Wang Shi, deputy director of EHS+ Center of Nanjing University. The purposes of JAC academy are:
• Build up closer cooperation with the suppliers to gaining synergies beyond audits
• Cascade JAC requirements to Tier 2, 3 and beyond, reinforcing CSR capability in manufacturing facilities
• Increase long term CSR resolution by sharing best practices and solutions
• Optimise efforts and processes within a shared methodology across the supply chain
Later in the morning, Mr. Lukasz Holec from Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Ms. Finny Tang from RCS Global Group presented how to manage our world resources responsibly, from the respective areas of circular economy potential in the electronics industry and updating on the current state of responsible sourcing related to conflict minerals/3TG.
The afternoon started with a circular economy panel discussion lead by Carrie George, Vice President of Everledger. All guest speakers were challenged to bring creative thinking and tactical experience. Topics, such as how new technology can increase efficiencies, how to implement circular economy actions through supply chain beyond the purpose of basic compliance needs was outlined during the panel discussion.
The final presentation was given by Ms. Wenjuan Yao, the director of Verite China and Mr. John Spear, the director of epi consulting. In John’s presentation, the five-level journey towards health and safety best practice was introduced.
Ms. Wenjuan Yao pointed to three focus areas to improve worker well-being: worker engagement, occupational health and social insurance.
Additionally, JAC celebrated outstanding achievements at this forum through two award programs:
• JAC recognized companies that have demonstrated the highest leadership commitment, innovation and achievement of tangible results in delivering excellence in workers welfare when it comes to ensuring their health, safety and wellbeing.
In particular the judging panel, composed of JAC representatives, an NGO “ICO”, the University of Nanjing and epi Consulting awarded the Ericsson solution using a Remote video to deliver safety briefings and undertake health and safety assessments prior to work on towers in remote sites around the world. Ericsson has reduced H&S incidents significantly, improving efficiency on H&S and quality audits, increased reach of H&S briefing and demonstrated innovative use of technology to address H&S compliance.
JAC invited suppliers to submit their best initiatives on safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing in their companies or operations, with the Forum audience invited in voting on the winning initiatives following presentations made from a number of shortlisted suppliers.
Two initiatives resulted in having the recognition of winning and being highly commended by the JAC Forum, namely:
1. Huawei – Programme to train their sub suppliers in practical tools and techniques to identify, analyse and eradicate H&S risks in factories
2. FIH – Engaging workers ideas and solutions on innovative Health and Safety programs reducing risks and incidents, implementing very strong measurement culture of risk / incident reduction and cost reduction and made H&S part of the core continuous improvement process
The forum closed with JAC recognising 27 suppliers across different supply chain tiers that have actively participated in the 2017 JAC audit campaign and achieved improvement with corrective actions closed on time.