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INITIATIVES
Self-assessment questionnaire on sustainability sent to the most risky suppliers during the qualification stage and, periodically, to qualified suppliers;
periodic sustainability audit conducted by third-party companies on suppliers in the classes at greatest risk.
In Brazil TIM Participações sent a self-assessment questionnaire on sustainability issues to approximatly 70% of suppliers. The results will provide an indication for future selection processes. (See the following chapter in the Sustainability Report: The value chain/Sustainability throughout the supply chain)

KEY ISSUES: the best offer conditions, improved quality, compliance with the Code of Ethics and Conduct of TIM, the security rules, the environment and human rights, improve the sustainability of the supply chain.

ACTIVITIES. The corrective actions to suppliers with the highest risk, to improve the level of performance.

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Joint Audit Cooperation, an initiative which provides for sustainability audit activities conducted in the production plants of common suppliers and sub-suppliers based on an agreement signed with another 12 telecommunications operators. 89 audits in 2017, 52 of which were on TIM suppliers. (See the following chapter in the Sustainability Report: The value chain/Sustainability throughout the supply chain)

KEY ISSUES: Verify the level of performance over the sustainability of suppliers and subcontractors common to the TLC operators subscribers.

ACTIVITIES. Definition and implementation of corrective and programmes continuous improvement of suppliers/sub-suppliers involved; specific training programmes for suppliers, also in order to propagate the culture of sustainability

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Ecosystem convention with suppliers and partners “TIM let’s network for the future” on 13th December 2018 with over 100 companies from 15 countries, including Brazil. Six suppliers who distinguished themselves, not only for their contribution to the business, but also for excellence in quality, digital innovation and sustainability were awarded prizes.

KEY ISSUES: Involve suppliers and partners in the TIM ecosystem, improving the level of awareness and knowledge on sustainability issues, awarding a prize to those who have distinguished themselves.

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Exchange of information and documentation with suppliers via the “Vendors hub” portal, which in 2018 had around 4,312 enabled sellers. (See the following chapter in the Sustainability Report: The value chain/Sustainability throughout the supply chain and Vendors hub)

KEY ISSUES: Transparency, improving communication and optimisation of operating processes.

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TIM and Ericsson have strengthened their collaboration in 5G technology development with a memorandum of understanding aimed at speeding up evolution towards the new network. The initiative supports the “5G for Italy” programme launched by the two companies in 2016 to create innovative projects enabled by 5G technology. (Read the press note)    

COMMITMENT. TIM, along with its industrial partners, is committed to boosting the development of an open ecosystem dedicated to research and achieving innovative projects enabled by the mobile technology of the future for solutions to be used by citizens and industries in the future “Gigabit Society”.

ACTIVITIES. Three important initiatives were launched in 2017 - Turin 5G, San Marino 5G and Bari-Matera 5G - to provide these municipalities with 5G radio mobile coverage. (Visit the page on the evolution of our Net)