Waste and use of materials and chemicals

Tieto’s environmental footprint is also related to waste and use of materials and chemicals in business operations. The waste category with most significant impact is electronic waste. During 2016, the share of e-waste partners accepting Tieto’s Supplier Code of Conduct Rule increased from 40% to 74%.

Tieto’s 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.

The share of e-waste partners accepting Tieto’s Supplier Code of Conduct Rule increased to 74%.

Computers, mobile phones and other types of electronic equipment are all needed to develop IT products and services. The purpose of managing e-waste separately is to help mitigate the environmental footprint. Tieto recognizes 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 labour rights issues. Local legislation defines the specific waste-management practices to be followed in each country. At Tieto, e-waste management is handled by the Facilities Management and ICT team.

Tieto’s 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 share of e-waste partners accepting our Supplier Code of Conduct Rule increased from 40% at the end of 2015 to 74% in 2016. The work to reach a full coverage will continue in 2017 together with our Procurement and ICT teams.

From a material use perspective, Tieto strives to use materials and chemicals responsibly. While the target for paper consumption is an annual reduction of 5% (measured in tons), the long-term aim is to support an organizational culture of a 100% paperless office through digitalization and electronic archiving. As one example, the company applies a ‘Follow Me’ printing feature to reduce the amount of unnecessary printing. In 2016, paper consumption decreased by 34% to 34 tons on corporate level. The majority of the change is due to an improvement in data collection quality, resulting in a more accurate data. In addition, paper saving activities such as e-invoicing, e-forms, e-receipts and e-sourcing reduced the consumption.