Xiaomi has released its sustainability report for 2020, which goes beyond the environmentally conscious measures taken by the company, it also addresses privacy, COVID-19 and earthquakes.
The packaging of the Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro series contains 60% less plastic than previous retail packaging. The goal of the European market is to further reduce the use of plastic for packaging, which Xiaomi believes it will be able to achieve by the end of the year.
Xiaomi has a program in China that allows users to send their old devices for recycling or responsible disposal. From March onwards, this programme was also extended to several European countries: Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. This will further expand, the goal is to be able to collect and recycle all Xiaomi products in China, Europe and India.
Xiaomi supports the development of an early warning system for earthquakes. Smartphones running MIUI 11 and later as well as Mi TVs can notify their owners of an earthquake within seconds and they will display information about the nearest emergency shelter, emergency coordinates, medical and rescue information.
This is already operational in China, last year the Xiaomi MIUI earthquake warning system detected 29 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 and above and sent more than 9.4 million alerts. Soon, this feature will also be available in other countries.
In March 2020, Xiaomi donated tens of thousands of FFP3 masks to the Italian government. By the end of the year, he had donated 2.7 million masks worldwide, as well as tens of thousands of disposable gloves and protective suits. And for Spanish children who had to study at home, the company donated 1,000 smartphones. As of July 15, 2020, the Xiaomi Foundation in Beijing had donated medical supplies worth CNY 5.9 million ($854$000) to 14 countries, including Italy, Spain, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Myanmar.
You can read the full 30-page report here.