Join Bioregional and partners on Monday 9 July (13:15 – 14:30) in New York to explore solutions to make the production and consumption of smartphones more sustainable

Bioregional, UN Environment, Ministry of the Environment in Finland and Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands are hosting a Transform Together side event at the UN High Level Political Forum on 9 July.

This event will showcase solutions to make the production and consumption of smartphones more sustainable. The measures identified can be replicated and scaled up by companies and governments.

Monday 9 July, 13:15 – 14:30 | Conference Room 9, UN Headquarters, New York

The focus will be on responsible mining and labour practices in developing countries through to procurement, manufacture, product life extension and circular economy solutions for smartphones and ICT.

The presented approach will allow governments, businesses and other delegates to take action and can also be applied to other product supply chains. 

A sustainable lunch will be served from 1pm

Speakers include:

  • Annika Lindblom, Secretary General, National Commission on Sustainable Development and Counsellor, Ministry of the Environment of Finland
  • Charlie Arden-Clarke, Head of the One Planet Network (10YFP) Secretariat, UN Environment
  • Cuno van Geet, Senior policy advisor SCP, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands
  • Sue Riddlestone OBE, CEO and co-founder of Bioregional and co-founder of Transform Together
  • Bandi Mbubi, Founder, Congo Calling
  • Clare Hobby, Global Outreach and Communications, TCO Development
  • Peter Pawlicki, Director of Outreach and Education, Electronics Watch
  • Helio Mattar, CEO, Akatu Institute for Conscious Consumption
  • Pranshu Singhal, Founder, Karo Sambhav
  • Reinhardt Smit, Project Director Africa, Closing the Loop


About Transform Together

Established in 2016 by Skoll social entrepreneur awardee Bioregional and the leadership of the Beyond 2015 network, Transform Together is a multi-stakeholder partnership created to support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its focus is on Sustainable Development Goal 12, Sustainable Consumption and Production, and consumer goods are its first priority.

Transform Together’s Sustainable Smartphones Working Group consists of expert representatives from governments, business, academia and research organisations as well as civil society.


New report on sustainable smartphones

In May 2018, Transform Together’s Sustainable Smartphones Working Group published a report on sustainable smartphones. It outlines the key concerns of the smartphone lifecycle, collates the leading practice examples, and proposes practical recommendations for governments, industry and consumers to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable smartphones.

Johanna Tilkanen highlighted some of the key issues in her blog Smartphones could help us achieve the SDGs – but they need a sustainability upgrade.