Our Commitment to Cleaner Operations

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

Sustainability Goals

For more than 25 years, Motorola Mobility has set ambitious long-term objectives to guide our operational sustainability efforts as well as specific goals to reduce our energy and climate impact, our water use and the waste we produce. Since 2011 when we established our 2016 goals (over a 2011 baseline), Motorola Mobility had undergone a tremendous amount of change.

  • May 22, 2012 - Google, Inc. acquired Motorola Mobility
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • January 29, 2014 - Google signed an agreement to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo. We plan to continue tracking and monitoring data. However, given the substantial transformation in the size of the company and the scale of its operations, and the impact upon our original baselines, we to wait until the transition to Lenovo is completed to publicly set further sustainability goals.

Voluntary Programs and Rankings

Motorola Mobility actively supports business and industry initiatives that promote collective action on Corporate Responsibility. We take part in voluntary 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 July 28, 2014, Motorola Mobility ranked 12th 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 submitted 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.

Energy and Climate

Using energy more efficiently across our operations and facilities brings multiple benefits. It helps us in our commitment to tackling climate change, and it enables us to introduce operational efficiencies that in turn reduce costs.

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

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

In January of 2013, we were awarded the WindMade certification label, demonstrating that 66 percent of the power we used in our U.S. operations is covered by wind energy (based on 2011 data).

We also belong to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership and qualify for the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club. To be eligible for the leadership club, partners must purchase at least 30 percent of their U.S. electricity from renewable sources. As of January 26, 2015, Motorola Mobility ranked 11th 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.


Climate Change

Motorola Mobility recognizes that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world. We believe addressing this challenge will require concerted effort by governments, business, civil society and consumers.

We are playing our part by:

  • Cutting the impact of our operations through energy efficiency measures and renewable energy purchases, as described above.
  • Improving the energy efficiency of our product range.

Measuring our operational greenhouse gas emissions provides a baseline for us to improve against, and is critical to identifying opportunities to reduce emissions.

Motorola Mobility measures its carbon footprint according to the scope 1 and 2 emissions defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the leading international greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting standard. By measuring our global emissions we set a baseline for emission reduction goals and activities.

In 2014, our global (Scope 1 and 2) GHG emissions totaled 18,606 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent.

Third Party Verification

An independent 3rd party verification of Motorola Mobility's 2013 greenhouse gas emissions data has been completed. Please refer to the verification statement for further details.

Green Buildings

Using energy more efficiently across our operations and facilities brings multiple benefits. It helps us in our commitment to tackling climate change, and it enables us to introduce operational efficiencies that in turn reduce costs.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Our new Engineering, Research and Design Center in Sunnyvale, CA has been certified to the LEED Gold Standard for Commercial Interiors, and in March 2014, Motorola Mobility moved its headquarters to the Chicago Merchandise Mart, the largest LEED-EB certified building in the world.

One of the goals for Motorola’s new headquarters in Chicago was a commitment to sustainability. By investing in employees and infrastructure, Motorola realized tangible achievements to this goal.


  • Due to the relocation, 65% of Motorola employees now take public transportation to get to work (compared to almost 100% driving to Libertyville)
  • Shuttle buses provided to transport employees from the two commuter train stations are bio-diesel powered
  • 400 bike racks provided for employees to promote biking to work
  • Invested in the DIVVY bike share program
  • 10 showers installed to promote transportation, and exercise before during and after work
  • Provided electric car charging stations (GNPO)

Human Environment

  • Original Base Building air handling units (AHUs) were replaced with state of the art energy efficient units and a Building Automation System. Combined with additional zoning, we can provide cleaner, fresher ventilation, at a reduced operating cost, and energy impact
  • The new AHUs and filters provide enhanced ventilation in the space resulting in better air quality
  • All building materials contain low or no Volatile Organic Compounds which created not only a healthier work environment for the construction workers, but also improves air quality for employees
  • Lighting within the space was designed with a combination of LEDs and efficient fluorescents to help reduce the lighting load and provide adequate light levels for employees
  • Daylight responsive controls are installed throughout the space within 15 feet of windows. Additionally, over 75% of the space has occupancy sensors to reduce wasted energy
  • Base building restroom fixtures were replaced with low flow toilets, urinals and faucets. Efficient fixtures were also installed in Motorola pantries to reduce water consumption

Pollution Prevention

  • Promote employee recycling at the desk
  • Working to implement composting of food waste
  • Green cleaning and pest control policies implemented by building management
  • Enhanced recycling program in place for electronic waste, batteries, packaging materials, and lights in addition to the typical cardboard, paper, metals, glass and plastic recycling
  • Roof landscaping was designed using native species that are climate appropriate therefore reducing water consumption
  • Over 95% of the construction material waste and demolition was recycled