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Fair performance ladder

Defining Fair

The fair meter is an initiative of Dutch network companies Liander and Stedin to make electricity and gas meters not only smart, but also fair. The first questions on fair are usually around the definition, because what do we mean by fair? In order to define fair we developed the fair performance ladder.

The fair performance ladder includes all elements we deem relevant to fair. It distinguishes between the production process and the product itself. The ladder zooms in on energy use of the product, materials in the product and if they are scarce, toxic or a conflict mineral; if they can be recycled or if recycled content is used. The ladder also looks at labour conditions in the entire supply chain.

Separately we have two overlapping issues, transparency and software and data. The first underlines the importance of transparent information when you want to improve the fairness. The second deals with privacy and security issues.

Procurement

The fair performance ladder played a key role in the procurement process of the smart meter. The ladder was first used to rank suppliers on the level of fairness in their production process and secondly on the fairness of their product. The fair meter performance ladder has been so successful in the procurement of the smart meter that it can be applied more widely. Therefore, we are now bringing the performance ladder to a next level.

Development

A key area of improvement is the need to quantify fairness and to be able to use the ladder as measuring tool for improvements. We are hoping to develop a system that can compare a specific product on fairness and can be used to track improvements of a particular supplier. In doing so we hope to make the performance ladder a standard in the procurement processes, not only for the meter, not even only for electronics, but for any of the assets we use in our infrastructure.

Use it Yourself?

If you are interested in using the performance ladder, please download it here. In case you want to know more, or have ideas for further improvements please contact Hendrik or Reinout.

Mojca Markizeti, Iskraemeco

Mojca is working for one of the leading smart metering solution providers, Iskraemeco, as Fair Meter Project Manager. In this role she is responsible for the implementation of sustainability, circularity and »fair trade« principles on the product and company level. She joined Iskraemeco in 2015, previously working for the Human Rights Ombudsman (2002 – 2008), IEDC-Bled School of Management (2008 – 2015) and UN Global Compact Slovenia (2012 – 2015). Her past experience allow her to align her management education background with her activism. Mojca’s passions include social management, sustainable development, open source innovation (in SD), ethics and integrity, education, human rights, active citizenship and related topics. She is guided by curiosity through which she is gaining a deep understanding of what is needed for a better world. She has worked on several voluntary projects and managed to position herself professionally in challenging environments that have potential to bring progress to society at large.

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