Lenovo Sustainability

Combatting Climate Change: Supply Chain

Supplier GHG Emissions

We take great effort to eliminate climate change risk in our supply chain through responsible partners and program coverage. To that end, we are proud to be members of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), the world’s largest industry coalition dedicated to electronics supply chain responsibility, and the CDP, a voluntary organization that aims to mitigate the dangerous impacts of climate change.

For our top Tier 1 suppliers, Lenovo implements the Responsible Business Alliance’s (RBA) Environmental Reporting Initiative or the CDP reporting tool. Based on our suppliers’ Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reported for 2016, we estimated that the emissions allocated to Lenovo from 90% of our direct spend (59 key suppliers) were approximately 1,795,000 MT CO2e.

Lenovo’s 2018/19 Supplier GHG Emissions (Scope 3) received 3rd Party Verification from Bureau Veritas.

Responsible Business Alliance DCP: Disclosure Insight Action

Our supplier emissions intensity has fallen


since 2010

In FY 2017/18:


of our suppliers have public GHG reduction goals and third-party verification

of our suppliers have public GHG reduction goals and third-party verification


of our procurement spend is surveyed/tracked annually

of our procurement spend is surveyed/tracked annually


of our suppliers by spend formally reports to CDP

of our suppliers by spend formally reports to CDP

All of Lenovo’s key procurement personnel are trained semi-annually on sustainability concerns. In 2018, Lenovo received an ‘A’ score on the CDP Supplier Leadership Engagement Rating. CDP assesses performance on supplier engagement using the company’s response to selected questions on governance, targets, Scope 3 emissions, and value chain engagement in the CDP climate change questionnaire. CDP’s recognition demonstrates Lenovo’s effectiveness in engaging our suppliers on climate change.

Overall performance and targets

Lenovo has established and communicated formal quantitative and performance goals to suppliers to increase transparency and reduce environmental impact. Specifically, we

Seek better than 3% annual absolute reductions in emissions/water/waste from our suppliers for top ratings.
Target 95% spend coverage in public reduction goals and third-party verification.
Track and report supplier performance to these goals with the aim of increasing volumes to leading companies and reducing volumes to suppliers who are not performing.

For FY 2018/19, we established three specific objectives. The first one is a requirement of climate change reduction targets for at least 85% of Lenovo direct suppliers by spend, the second one is to reduce supplier emission intensity 25% by 2025 relative to a 2015 base year, and the third one is to strengthen environmental criteria in Lenovo’s sustainability scorecard for our suppliers year to year.

We regularly meet with our primary suppliers and share strategies and requirements. For instance, we organized Supplier Standard and Certification Summit featuring a theme of “Building a Safe & Sustainable Supply Chain” for almost 300 suppliers in Wuzhen, China. Among other topics, suppliers learned about our commitment to reducing GHG emissions in our supply chain and their vital role in that effort.


In an effort to minimize climate change impact and reduce our carbon footprint, Lenovo uses local manufacturing facilities in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, as well as the lowest carbon shipping methods via truck, rail or sea, where possible.

We also work closely with our shipping partners to ship products responsibly. Lighter and smaller products, more compact and reusable packaging materials, bulk shipping alternatives, and regional distribution facilities allow for lighter loads, load consolidation, and full truckload shipments.

In FY 2018/19 our Global Logistics team achievements included:


increase in the number of containers shipped by rail from China to Europe compared with FY 2017/18


of our fork lift trucks in Lenovo’s China Distribution centers are electric.

To reduce our CO2 emissions associated with logistics, we have launched a series of pallet optimization projects. These are estimated to generate the following savings per year:

↓ 480 MT CO2

By recycling inbound pallets for use in outbound loose carton air shipments at our Shenzhen plant.

↓ 6,595 MT CO2e

By developing a new, lighter 9.8kg pallet for air shipments.

↓ 4,160 MT CO2e

By switching from wooden pallets to light plywood pallets for our China mobile manufacturers.

Green Feight Asia

Lenovo participates in regional initiatives that seek to disseminate best practices in transportation. In Asia Pacific, Lenovo is a founding member of Green Freight Asia (GFA). GFA’s goal is to promote and improve fuel-efficient freight transport and decrease air pollution in Asia for both shippers and carriers. Lenovo also encourages our key carriers to join GFA. In FY 2018/19, four carriers in China and one carrier in India became members of GFA. For more information on GFA click here.

Lenovo is also an approved partner of the U.S. EPA SmartWay program, whose mission is to protect human health and the environment. SmartWay helps Lenovo demonstrate its commitment to reducing the environmental impacts of freight transportation.