Chad Wilkerson

Chad Wilkerson

Director, Sustainability & Infrastructure Sourcing at T-Mobile

T-Mobile US, Inc.
Exploring T-Mobile's strategy to merge leading 5G with robust sustainability initiatives with Chad Wilkerson

T-Mobile stands at the forefront of providing the nation's most robust and rapid 5G network, prioritising not just connectivity but environmental sustainability too. 
As the globe pivots towards a net-zero economy, the company’s commitment to delivering unparalleled network quality and value underlines the crucial role of reliable connectivity today. Keeping sustainability central to its operations, T-Mobile has unveiled several key initiatives, pointing towards a greener future.

Advancing towards a sustainable future

At the heart of T-Mobile’s sustainability mission lies a series of ambitious initiatives aimed at reducing the company's environmental footprint. Known for challenging traditional industry standards, T-Mobile’s pursuit of energy efficiency and product circularity serves its larger goal of exceptional network provision coupled with sustainability. The company’s latest Corporate Responsibility Report reveals significant steps towards this aim, including sourcing all electricity from renewable resources and aiming for net-zero emissions by 2040. Chad Wilkerson, Director of Sustainability at T-Mobile, stresses the ubiquity of environmental sustainability challenges across industries, including telecommunications. He outlines how T-Mobile is fostering a sustainable and diverse supply chain through policies and engagement strategies that reinforce a commitment to a thriving, eco-friendly future.

From accounting to sustainability leadership

Chad Wilkerson’s journey at T-Mobile, spanning over 16 years, exemplifies a remarkable shift from energy procurement accounting to leading the company's sustainability initiatives. His educational background in accounting provided a solid foundation, enabling a deeper comprehension of business operations, which later steered him towards energy management and sustainability. 
Wilkerson highlights his development within the company as an evolution from an individual effort to spearheading a collective quest for environmental sustainability. This work has not only pushed forward T-Mobile’s green objectives but also carved out a path for other corporations to follow.

Collaboration and innovation

Wilkerson credits his success to a leadership style that embraces innovation, collaborative partnerships, and stakeholder management to tackle the complexity of emissions reduction. Achieving 100% renewable energy usage in 2021 under his guidance, T-Mobile has set benchmarks for the industry in meeting sustainability goals. 
By rallying suppliers and fostering a shared responsibility ethos, Wilkerson demonstrates the efficacy of collaborative action in environmental advocacy. His sustainability motivations find roots in the encouragement received early in his career, fuelling a leadership approach that champions bold ambitions and the acceptance of imperfection for continual improvement. Beyond T-Mobile, Wilkerson’s engagement with the sustainability community and international boards highlights his commitment to global environmental stewardship, advocating for a collective, open approach to environmental challenges.

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