Shaping IoT with responsible business practices
As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2012,we are committed to supporting the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) across our global business.
The u-blox sustainability strategy is based on five pillars: Business Ethics, Employees, Environmental Responsibility, Supply Chain Responsibility, and Community. We report on the policies and activities in each of these pillars and set out our goals and progress related to the Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues within each pillar every year in our annual sustainability report.
“One of the central pillars of the u-blox Code of Conduct is the policy we set out in 2002 on the non-integration of our products into weapons and weapon systems.”
No weapons or weapon systems
One of the central pillars of the u-blox Code of Conduct is the policy we set out in 2002 on the non-integration of our products into weapons and weapon systems.
We do not sell products when the intended use is for integration into weapons or weapon systems, including:
● Guns, cannons, or weapon systems, e.g., systems for identifying or localizing targets
● Systems for the guidance of missiles, bombs, or bullets
● Military drones, military unmanned vehicles, or military robots
We also do not sell to trade embargoed countries, including:
Iran, North Korea, Russia, the territories occupied by Russia in Ukraine, Belarus, Sudan, Cuba and Syria.
R&D for a more sustainable world
We are committed to ensuring our products are produced responsibly. Long before our products are shipped to market, the u-blox R&D team has invested significant IP and sustainability considerations into the value chain with product design, component longevity, process optimization, testing, and assembly. Miniaturization is a major lever for reducing the environmental footprint. Since our founding, we have continuously reduced our products' size and material content. With our latest chip design in 2022, we are saving 66% on energy and materials.
Our technology has the potential to address some of the most acute human, economic and environmental needs
The IoT is emerging as a powerful enabler in many application domains, such as water and energy management, environmental monitoring, health, transportation, and industrial processes. It can also directly contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets.
“Whereas the manufacturing process of a u-blox 8 chip produces +50 grams of CO2, effective fleet management of a 40-ton truck supported by u-blox technology reduces CO2 emissions by 50 tons each year, a gain factor of 106.”
u-blox fleet management systems significantly reduce CO2 footprints through optimized routing, traffic prediction, the reduction of speeding or harsh braking, and preventative maintenance.
Whereas the manufacturing process of a u-blox 8 chip produces +50 grams of CO2, effective fleet management of a 40-ton truck supported by u-blox technology reduces CO2 emissions by 50 tons each year, a gain factor of 106.
To learn more about our sustainability strategy, goals, implementation, partners, and achievements, please download the u-blox Sustainability Report 2021. The u-blox Sustainability Report 2022 will be available as of April 2023.