Corporate Responsibility
Motorola Mobility

Operations and the Environment

On April 16, 2013, Flextronics acquired Motorola Mobility’s manufacturing operations in Tianjin, China, and assumed the management and operation of its Jaguariuna, Brazil manufacturing facility. On April 17, 2013, ARRIS Group, Inc. acquired the Motorola Mobility Home business, which included a manufacturing facility in Taiwan.  The Motorola Mobility ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 certificates associated with these facilities will be transitioned over to ARRIS and Flextronics.

Our operations and products create an environmental footprint. Designing, using and disposing of electronic communication devices consume energy, generating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which in turn contribute to climate change. These activities also use resources, such as water and minerals, and create polluting emissions and waste.

We operate a rigorous Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) management system that both implements our EHS policy and coordinates our efforts to reduce operational environmental impacts. Our EHS systems are critically important to us, delivering employee health and safety and environmental improvements that in turn help us improve site efficiency and cut costs.
In 2012, we conducted 10 EHS audits to monitor and assess compliance with our policy, management system and legal requirements. The audits did not identify any major nonconformances and all findings were resolved and tracked through our corrective and preventive action tracking systems.

In 2012, we were also proud to achieve our goal of zero EHS-related fines, violations or citations across the company.

Sustainability Goals

Motorola Mobility has set ambitious long-term objectives to guide our operational sustainability efforts (see below) as well as specific goals to reduce our energy and climate impact, our water use and the waste we produce.

These efforts are good for business as well as the environment. Reducing the energy and natural resources we consume can also improve operational efficiency and cut costs.

2016 goals

Maintaining our focus on environmental excellence, Motorola Mobility has set challenging goals for our first five years as a new company. By 2016, we aim to reduce from 2011 levels:

  • Absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent
  • Greenhouse gas emissions normalized to floor space by 15 percent
  • Water use normalized to floor space by 10 percent
  • Total waste (hazardous and non-hazardous) normalized to floor space by 10 percent
  • Increase our purchase of electricity from renewable sources to 50 percent by 2016

Our Vision

To guide our thinking and actions on Motorola Mobility’s contribution to sustainable development, we have set the following long-term objectives for our company worldwide:

  • Zero waste: Reuse or recycle all waste materials generated during the lifecycle of our products
  • Benign emissions: At our manufacturing sites, phase out all emissions that are harmful to the environment
  • Closed loop: Introduce a 360-degree recycling loop for all products and processes to conserve natural resources
  • Zero occupational injuries and illnesses: Achieve and maintain an injury-free workplace
  • Green energy: Maximize energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power
  • Product stewardship: Design all products to ensure customer safety and environmental protection

Voluntary Programs and Rankings

Motorola Mobility actively supports business and industry initiatives that promote collective action on climate change. We take part in voluntary climate change programs that promote awareness, encourage corporate transparency and help us improve our sustainability performance:

Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)

The EICC is a coalition of the world’s leading electronics companies working together to improve efficiency and social, ethical and environmental responsibility in the global supply chain. Motorola Mobility became a member of the EICC in 2012 and actively participates in many of the organization’s work groups, such as the Validated Audit Process, EICC Tools, and Working Hours.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership

Motorola Mobility qualified for the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded the EPA’s minimum purchase requirements. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that supports the procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.  As of March 18, 2013, Motorola Mobility ranked 8th on the EPA's Top List of Green Power Users within the Technology & Telecom Sector, highlighting the largest green power purchasers in our sector in the United States.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

This leading initiative provides a forum for companies worldwide to report publicly on their greenhouse gas emissions and actions to reduce them. Motorola has reported annually to the CDP from 2004 through 2012 and will submit a response as a subsidiary of Google, Inc in 2013.   

Climate Counts

Climate Counts is a non-profit organization that helps consumers by providing scorecards that rate companies’ efforts to tackle climate change. Motorola Mobility’s efforts, recorded in the Motorola Climate Counts Scorecard, were rated as “striding,” the highest category.


Motorola Mobility has been awarded the WindMade certification label, demonstrating that 66 percent of the power used in its U.S. operations is covered by wind energy.  WindMade is a global consumer label for companies that use wind energy and other renewables. The label, which is backed by the UN Global Compact and conservation group WWF, requires participating companies to obtain at least 25 percent of their electricity from wind power.

Employee engagement

The success of our environmental stewardship efforts depends on the support, commitment and enthusiasm of our employees. We engage them by highlighting our EHS programs and targets through an online intranet newsletter, on internal TV monitors and by staging site events such as Earth Day celebrations and volunteer activities.