For the 10th anniversary of the JAC Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Forum, telecommunications operators are engaging with their business partners to build resiliency in 2021 and drive sustainability throughout their supply chains.

March 3, 2021 – In an engaging virtual conference with more than 450 participants, the 10th JAC CSR Forum explored new regulatory trends, requirements and best practices shaping sustainable supply chain management in 2021 and beyond. This collaboration in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector aims to create growth and impact aligned with increasing legislative and consumer demands for sustainable business practices. The Forum was kicked-off by Didier Reynders, Commissioner of Justice in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer Protection at the European Commission, who highlighted the importance of corporate due diligence and the need for EU-wide environmental, social and governance legislation. Stefan Crets, Executive Director of CSR Europe, also stressed the criticality of the concepts of duty of care and duty to collaborate amongst peers, which aligns with the spirit of the JAC Initiative. Given the global outreach of JAC, Bettina Grabmayr from EcoVadis and Wanyu Sung from CDP highlighted the emerging global trends and legislations on the topics of human rights, circularity and carbon reduction.

During the following sessions, speakers from telecommunications companies, solution providers and audit companies, e.g. Ericsson, Sagemcom, Nokia, Telia, Elevate and EPI Consulting, shared sustainability best practices for climate action, human rights standard, and circularity measures. This year’s batch of start-ups also brought their innovative ideas to the conference, pitching unique approaches and solutions for tackling ICT-related sustainability challenges.

  • PIRIKA – Application to reduce plastic pollution and contamination
  • OMNIFLOW – Integrated street lantern powered by wind and solar with battery storage
  • CARBON STOPP – Carbon management software
  • CARBON BASE – Reward backed carbon footprint calculator

Reviewing the achievements of 2020, JAC members want to honor the collaboration with their business partners with the annual Best Practice Award. This year’s award celebrates best practices and outstanding performance in Supply Chain Engagement. Hearty congratulations go to the winners of the awards:

The overall winner is Arcadyan, who set up a broad supply chain program on conflict minerals, carbon emissions, circular economy and human rights. The measurement of the results and benefits for all stakeholders resulted in the strong engagement and motivation of participating suppliers.

The ‘Highly Recommended’ award goes to Ericsson based on their ambition of the goal towards supply chain climate action, the collaborative approach, their scale of the initiative and the strong focus on messaging and awareness raising in the supply chain.

After emerging from a year characterized by the challenges of COVID-19, this conference has shown that sector-wide collaboration, even of a virtual nature,  is crucial for building resiliency in 2021 and driving the collective sustainability journey forward.

About JAC

Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC) is an association of telecommunications operators aiming to verify, assess and develop CSR implementation across the manufacturing centers of important multinational ICT suppliers. JAC members share resources and best practices to develop long-term CSR implementation throughout the different layers and tiers of the global ICT supply chain. In 2020, the JAC sector initiative grew with two members, TDC and MTN, to 17 member companies. JAC is pleased to extend its representation in Africa with the collaboration with MTN.