Disclaimer

Confermo di essere un cliente professionale

Le informazioni e le opinioni contenute in questa sezione del Sito cui sta accedendo sono destinate esclusivamente a Clienti Professionali come definiti dal Regolamento Consob n. 16190 del 29 ottobre 2007 (articolo 26 e Allegato 3) e dalla Direttiva CE n. 2004/39 (Allegato II), e sono concepite ad uso esclusivo di tali categorie di soggetti. Ne è vietata la divulgazione, anche solo parziale.

Al fine di accedere a tale sezione riservata, si prega di confermare di essere un  Cliente Professionale, declinando Robeco qualsivoglia responsabilità in caso di accesso effettuato da una persona che non sia un cliente professionale.

In ogni caso, le informazioni e le opinioni ivi contenute non costituiscono un'offerta o una sollecitazione all'investimento e non costituiscono una raccomandazione o consiglio, anche di carattere fiscale, o un'offerta, finalizzate all'investimento, e non devono in alcun caso essere interpretate come tali.

Prima di  ogni investimento, per una descrizione dettagliata delle caratteristiche, dei rischi e degli oneri connessi, si raccomanda di esaminare il Prospetto, i KIIDs delle classi autorizzate per la commercializzazione in Italia, la relazione annuale o semestrale e lo Statuto, disponibili sul presente Sito o presso i collocatori.
L’investimento in prodotti finanziari è soggetto a fluttuazioni, con conseguente variazione al rialzo o al ribasso dei prezzi, ed è possibile che non si riesca a recuperare l'importo originariamente investito.

Confermo che sono un cliente professionale:
Rifiuto
Focus on ESG risks crucial in the telecom sector

Focus on ESG risks crucial in the telecom sector

01-11-2013 | Opinione

When considering sustainable corporate operations you initially think of preventing child labor in the textile industry or of recycling metal. The telecom sector does not immediately spring to mind. However, in this sector there are actually many specific issues, particularly relating to social (S) and environmental (E) aspects of the business that, if not properly managed, can expose telecom companies to considerable risk. I will focus on the most significant of these.

  • Edith Siermann
    Edith
    Siermann
    CIO Fixed Income

Privacy and freedom of speech

In this era of mobile communication and cloud computing there is a huge increase in the volume of network data. It is therefore crucial for telecom companies to handle client and user data carefully. It has recently become apparent that this does not always happen. Companies that are unable to protect the privacy of their customers run the risk of losing them or being confronted with legal risks. In the event of data theft, confidential information can be placed in the public domain or an individual's privacy can be violated. Other major issues that affect telecom providers are the protection of client data from illegal government access and ensuring that freedom of speech is guaranteed. This means that it is also important for telecom companies to have procedures and directives in place to prevent possible financial and reputational damage.

Scopri gli ultimi approfondimenti
Abbonati

CO2 emissions and electronic waste

The ICT sector is responsible for around 2% of global CO2 emissions. As a result of the growth of social media, cloud computing and smart electronics demand for ICT infrastructure is constantly increasing. Data centers are responsible for a rapidly rising proportion of these emissions. As a sustainable investor, you therefore want to know what initiatives a company is taking to reduce the environmental footprint of its data centers, for example, by using renewable energy sources. Does this company put its clients in a position to reduce their environmental footprints? An electronic waste policy is also necessary, as is a way of sharing responsibility with the handset makers.

Personnel policy

Human capital is crucial for many industries. This applies primarily to information-oriented industries. It is thus vital for telecom companies to recognize the importance of personnel development and the need to retain talented staff. Investing in sustainability is an increasingly important factor in attracting high-quality personnel.

Supply-chain management

Many environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks do not lie with the company itself but with its supply chain. In the case of mobile phones, and other electronic devices, raw materials such as tin can come from areas of conflict. It is therefore important for a telecom company to assess and manage the ESG risks in its supply chain effectively.

These examples demonstrate that sustainability is manifested in a number of different ways. Sustainability is not sector- or product-related - it is an issue that plays a role throughout all facets of industry.

This column appeared at an earlier date on FD.nl

Gli argomenti collegati a questo articolo sono: