Sustainable devices overview
At Microsoft, we think every device should be made with the environment in mind.
All devices we produce fulfill our strict criteria.
At Microsoft we think every device should be made with the environment in mind. All devices we produce fulfill our strict criteria and are at a minimum compliant with all legal requirements. In pursuit of sustainability, we are committed to minimizing the negative impacts that our operations and product life cycles may have on the environment and communities. More importantly though, ICT also provides opportunities to reduce the environmental footprint in our society. For our software products, Microsoft promotes the use of web-based downloads and online instructions whenever possible to reduce the use of plastics and paper.
We also restrict the use and content of toxic substances in the manufacture and packaging of our hardware and software products. Recognizing that our direct actions are only part of the process, Microsoft requires that our global manufacturing partners and vendors follow sound environmental practices with respect to their facilities and the products they manufacture for us.
Our supply chain sustainability efforts are shaped and guided by the objective recommendations and standards published by leading international organizations and experts.
We continuously improve the environmental credentials of all our products. For example, mobile devices have long been pioneer products in phasing out substances of concern. But it doesn't stop there. We also:
While these principles are foundational to our supply chain sustainability, we have increased our expectations of hardware and packaging supply chain partners. Beyond meeting legal requirements applicable to our products, we require compliance with a more extensive set of requirements for living conditions, safe working practices, and environmental protection, which strengthens our supply chain, improves the lives of workers, and enhances their communities.
Additionally, we have regularly introduced new, more sustainable materials such as bio plastics, bio paints, recycled metals and recycled plastics in our devices. We have reduced content inside the packaging and empty space, which has allowed us pack our products in a minimized package. You can review our legal and sustainable hardware specifications here.
Management System for Environmental Sustainability
Our operating model for sustainability follows the ISO management system approach, including ISO’s requirement for continual improvement. The Microsoft Environmental Management System (EMS) according to the ISO 14001 standard covers our hardware and packaging Manufacturing and Supply Chain. All owned manufacturing sites and significant operating locations are ISO 14001 certified. ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized framework that establishes a process for entities to manage and continuously improve their environmental performance.
Microsoft also requires a certified EMS of contract manufacturers and suppliers of critical components. The Microsoft Environmental Management System consists of:
The goal of the EMS is to reduce our most significant environmental impacts:
Microsoft strives for leadership through programs that surpass compliance to promote sustainable business operations. By integrating sound environmental practices into all aspects of our business, Microsoft provides products that empower people to do more and achieve more while promoting our natural world.
Definitions of common eco words
materials that can be processed into new products to prevent waste
resources (energy or materials) that don’t run out when we use them
ability to conserve an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources
materials that are ‘grown’ or developed by using part of an organic structure
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