Real actions towards sustainability

We’ve been working extremely hard on our sustainability strategy since 2017, and our efforts are paying off. We were recognized by the sustainability rating agency EcoVadis, which awarded us with a Gold medal in 2021, given only to the top 6% in our industry for commitment to sustainable practices. But we’re not done yet.

A commitment to people and planet

To demonstrate our commitment to people and our planet, we’re now integrating a sustainability management system directly into our business strategy covering four focus areas: Environment; Labor and Human Rights; Compliance and Sustainable Procurement.


At HMD, we take our responsibility to help protect our natural resources and prevent climate change seriously. As such, we have implemented our Global Environmental, Health & Safety Policy which all of our employees must adhere to. In addition, we have been ISO14001 certified since 2020. The ISO 14001 standard establishes a criteria and framework for setting up an effective environmental management system.

Resource efficiency

We require our suppliers to implement a comprehensive system that monitors, controls and treats wastewater created by their operations and products. We also expect our suppliers to comply fully with wastewater management obligations.

Internally, we regularly monitor our own levels of waste, and our employees are encouraged to make use of our recycling bins. We limit our internal IT devices to employee laptops and office printers – all of our servers are cloud-based and outsourced to third-party providers. At the end of their life, all of our electronic devices are sent to electronic waste recycling companies.

Product use and Product end-of-life

Nokia smartphones have a superior build- quality and are made to last. All Nokia devices undergo 50 rigorous assessments before being approved for sale - this makes us an industry leader when it comes to product testing.

In 2020, we undertook lifecycle assessments for 100% of our products to understand where we could optimise our product design to have the least environmental impact as possible. In addition, 100% of our products obtained a so-called Eco Profile and ECOrating score during the reporting year.