Waste and use of materials and chemicals
We recognize that our environmental footprint is also related to waste and use of materials and chemicals in business operations. For us, the waste category with significant impact is electronic waste. During 2015, the number of e-waste partners accepting our Supplier Code of Conduct Rule increased from 15.4% to 40%.
Our Environmental Rule states that a responsible way of conducting business operations includes recycling of obsolete office material and waste according to local recycling opportunities, and taking good care of environmentally harmful chemicals and materials. Recycling of e-waste should be handled according to best practices from the environmental and human rights points of view. Our Group-wide Environmental Management System (EMS) complies with the ISO 14001 standard and supports management of waste in daily business operations.
Computers, mobile phones and other types of electronic equipment are all needed to develop our products and services. The purpose of managing e-waste separately is to help mitigate our environmental footprint. We recognize that e-waste differs from municipal waste due to the risks of leakage of toxic materials, such as substances in computer batteries, but also due to the importance of recycling precious metals. In addition, e-waste handling may include human and labor rights issues. Local legislation defines the specific waste-management practices to be followed in each country. At Tieto, e-waste management is handled by our Facilities Management.
Our long-term goal is to have 100% of e-waste recycled by responsible partners. As part of ISO 14001 certification activities and Supplier Code of Conduct Rule implementation, the number of e-waste partners accepting our Supplier Code of Conduct Rule increased significantly, from 15.4% at the end of 2014 to 40% in 2015. The work to reach a full coverage will continue in 2016 together with our Procurement and ICT teams.
Naturally, we also encourage our employees to implement environmentally friendly routines in their daily work. From a material use perspective, we strive to reduce printing paper consumption for instance by printing double-sided. During the year, we launched a new Follow Me-printing feature that is expected to further reduce the amount of unnecessary printing. While our current target for paper consumption is an annual reduction of 5% (measured in tons), our long-term aim is to support an organizational culture of a 100% paperless office through digitalization and electronic archiving. In 2015, our printing paper consumption decreased by 4% to 51 tons on corporate level.