Sustainability case studies

  • Coop Bank Denmark first to deploy Gemalto’s unique bio-sourced contactless EMV cards

    Since March 2015 Coop Bank Denmark is deploying Gemalto’s unique bio-sourced Optelio Contactless EMV cards. This represents the first commercial rollout of its kind, further strengthening Coop Bank’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The cards are manufactured from a unique, corn-based PLA1 material that is biodegradable while retaining the potential for creative, high quality artwork solutions.
    The innovative combination of bio-sourced technology and contactless EMV has been approved by the major international payment associations. In the summer of 2015 the card will also incorporate the national payment scheme, Dankort. Under the multi-year agreement, Gemalto is providing the bank with comprehensive artwork, production and fulfilment services.
    “Having already deployed the first ever bio-sourced EMV cards from Gemalto’s Optelio range, it is a natural step for Coop Bank to also launch the first dual interface version of the product. We hope this will set a new global environmental standard for the banking industry,” said Charlotte Skovgaard, Managing Director for Coop Bank Denmark.
    (1) Made from polylactic acid (PLA), a plastic substitute that is non-petroleum based, biodegradable, recyclable and is also non-toxic if incinerated.

  • Improving maternal and child health and nutrition in Africa

    In July 2014 we announced our support for the GSMA* pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI),which aims to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. As one of the leading partners in this ambitious undertaking,we’re contributing digital security expertise to help reach over 15 million pregnant women and mothers with children. Gemalto is helping to deliver mHealth and nutrition services through its advanced SmartMessage interactive messaging solution, helping to simplify the complex relationships between patients and health stakeholders.
    * The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators spanning more than 220 countries worldwide.

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  • Your World, Gemalto's community program, supporting the construction of a reservoir wall to protect water from pollution


    In May 2014, fifteen Gemalto employees from India did voluntary work at Soda village in a remote area of Rajastan.
    Water is said to be source of life. Throughout the year, the villagers in Soda receive water for their daily use like drinking, cooking and bathing from a single source - a nearby lake. Unfortunately, during the rainy season, flood water from the lake reaches a closed crematory and becomes dangerously polluted. To avoid this and improve their lives, villagers have started building a wall around the lake.
    As a voluntary activity through the Your World program, our fifteen employees each contributed a day's work in helping to build the wall. They started by learning the needs and challenges of the project. Later on,  they built approximately 10 meters of the wall, hoping this small act would help the villagers take another step towards their goal of having unpolluted water.
    The volunteer activity was organized in coordination with the elected head of the village, who has also received several awards for her contribution to rural development.

  • Carbon offset service

    From trams in Toulouse , France
    In 2013, Tisséo, a public transport operator in Toulouse (France), signed up to our carbon offset service when they chose our contactless ticket cards.In doing so, they paid one additional cent per card to ‘CO2 Solidaire’.


    …to kitchens in Cambodia
    Our partner supports projects that aim to improve people’s living conditions while reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). In Tisséo’s case, they help fund the distribution in Cambodia of cooking stoves using 20% less wood.

    Reducing CO2 emissions, increasing health
    In many developing countries, people use inefficient stoves for cooking and heating, thus polluting their homes. As a result many women and children suffer from respiratory diseases. By using less wood, deforestation can be reduced, CO2 emissions lowered, and hard work alleviated. And by reducing toxic fumes, domestic health can be improved.

  • High-speed, low-energy contactless technology

    In 2013, one of our leading R&D engineers, Jean-Paul Caruana, received a prize from the French National Research Agency for his ‘F@CIL’ project. The innovation enables high-speed, low-energy interactions in the fast-growing field of contactless transactions between smart cards and readers, with applications in, for example, payment, transport and ePassports.

    As a result, six patents were applied for with a view to deploying the technology worldwide..​