3stepIT Sustainability Report 2019 - Page 11



Our sustainability
credentials
Clear benefits
Reducing CO2 emissions
The manufacturing of a typical laptop, desktop or smartphone contributes
the majority of the total CO2 emissions it generates over its life. For
laptops, 75-85% of emissions are down to manufacturing. (See Appendix 1
for more details.)
By reselling 98% of the returned
devices we take back from
customers, and finding buyers for
it, we reduce CO2 emissions by 36%.
E-waste is the fastest growing wastestream worldwide. Doubling product
life almost halves our customers’
E-waste, helping the planet. The
cumulative impact of this work is
significant and has the potential to
reduce global emissions and support
our fight against global warming.
Establishing our
customers’ green IT
credentials
98%
resold
36%
CO2
emissions
Our customers can
reduce their CO2
emissions by 36%
We exist to help our customers consume technology more sustainably
but our mission doesn’t end there. We know our customers only want to
work with the most responsible business partners. Like them, we want
to minimise our environmental impact and run the most sustainable
operations we can.
Increasingly, our customers expect these sustainability credentials
to meet their procurement benchmarks. To make sure we maintain
the highest standards, we set out our environmental, social and
economic responsibilities in full.
Our Code of Conduct states that 3stepIT will comply with all
applicable environmental laws, regulations and standards
wherever we operate and we expect suppliers and partners to do
the same. We are proud that we incurred no fines or non-monetary
sanctions for non-compliance in 2019.
We have divided our review of our sustainability credentials into three areas:
With the world waking up to the emissions and waste created by IT
use, companies will increasingly need to demonstrate they are acting
sustainably. Technology Lifecycle Management with 3stepIT enables them
to do just that.
All our customers receive an environmental report that quantifies the CO2
emissions reductions achieved as a result of refurbishment and recycling.
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Environmental
responsibility
Social
responsibility
Economic
responsibility
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