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Our internal environmental-protection policy details a commitment to minimise the negative impact of business activities on the environment and support protection initiatives.
The sustainability taskforce comprises representatives from business units and was established to promote staff awareness around environmental protection. The Go Green Workshops were run during 2016 and green tips were disseminated to raise awareness among employees.
The Group demonstrated a keen sense of community spirit by running the Recycling of Handsets and Accessories Programme and placing recycling boxes at designated 3Shops to encourage the public to dispose of, and recycle, unwanted phones and handset accessories. Since the programme was launched in 2012, more than 2,500 old handset and accessory items were collected and handed to Environmental Protection Department of the Hong Kong Government and voluntary organisations for recycling or reuse.
In 2016, the Group contributed to the Computer Recycling Programme run by the Environmental Protection Department of the Hong Kong Government. More than 1,000 units of recyclable equipment such as desktop PCs, laptops, monitors, printers and scanners were amassed as a result of staff computers and associated equipment being renewed. Items fit for reuse have since been donated to people in need.
The Group was in 2016 awarded the Class of Excellence for Wastewi$e certificate and EnergyWi$e certificate. This was the third year Green Office status has been awarded to the Group under the World Green Organisation’s Green Office Awards Labelling Scheme. In addition, the Group received Better World Company honours as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals initiative through the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong.
The Group continues to encourage customers to opt for electronic billing through email or SMS, as part of a long-term strategy to reduce consumption of paper.
Our Watson Centre data centre is accredited with ISO 50001 energy management system certification, exemplifying pioneering efforts to conserve energy and develop sustainable data centre facilities.
During 2016, the Group was not aware of any incidents of non-compliance with laws and regulations that have a significant impact concerning air and GHG emissions, discharges into water or land, and generation of hazardous waste.