3stepIT Sustainability Report 2019 - Page 23



Our community
People who join an organisation with a green mission like ours tend to
view their work as more than just a job. We have always tried to have a
positive impact on the communities where we live and operate. 2019 was
no different, with a variety of charitable donations and a range of joint
activities with local organisations.
Our supply chain
Our 2019 survey of customer, supplier, partner
and employee priorities identified the
development of an ethical supply chain as a
primary concern – so we made it a top priority.
Throughout our supply chain we are committed to:

Only reselling devices to partners with responsible green policies and backgrounds we
have thoroughly checked


Ensuring each reseller is committed to our anti-corruption directives

Ensuring devices that can no longer be reused are recycled responsibly through
professional partners.
Only selling devices to countries with trustworthy programmes for recycling and
e-waste disposal
We have also drafted a ‘Vendor Charter’ to describe the most important elements of
a contract with our partners. It sets out the employee rights, data privacy, general
environment policies and IT security standards we require from suppliers. We are
planning to use this checklist to review all new suppliers from 2020 onwards.
We audit our suppliers regularly and actively follow up if we think they need to improve
their operations.
In 2020 we plan to extend the scope of our supplier evaluation in two ways:

In addition to any new suppliers, we will evaluate current suppliers when their
contracts are renewed or extended

We will increase the detail of the supplier evaluation to learn how our suppliers assess
their own suppliers’ approach to employee rights and the ethical standards of their
supply chain
Computers for All
We have been members of the Computers for All Campaign since
2015. Endorsed by the President of Finland, the campaign donates
computers decommissioned by companies to schoolchildren
across Finland. Our job is to securely wipe data from the devices
before they are distributed.
Not everyone can afford the technology that is increasingly
required for learning, putting poorer children at a disadvantage.
3stepIT Finland and Microsoft are working together to contribute
skills and resources to the campaign, helping children keep on
learning despite their circumstances.
#BeatAirPollution
The theme for World Environment Day 2019 was ‘Beat air
pollution’. 91% of people do not breathe clean air and pollution
causes over 7 million deaths each year. Poor air quality has been
linked to severe health problems such as cancer, heart diseases,
strokes and asthma and pollution contributes to climate change
and global warming.
We are also helping to bridge the digital divide by refurbishing
used devices to enable the charity, ME-Säätiö Foundation, to
offer them to marginalised families and schools. They typically
distribute 500-1,000 PCs and laptops annually.
To celebrate World Environment Day, we encouraged all
‘3steppers’ to do their bit for the planet. During a two-week
environmental challenge, they plogged, cycled to work and put
vegetarian food on their plates to go greener and raise awareness
of the impact of air pollution.
Walk the Talk
Other charitable activity
It’s not enough just to say we’re sustainable, we want everyone
to live and breathe this ethos as part of their work. In October, we
launched a ‘Walk the Talk’ campaign to effect real change, reduce
individual environmental impact and raise public awareness.
We support many charitable causes throughout the year. Here are
some of the highlights.
Activities included book donations, vegetarian days, carpooling,
plogging (jogging combined with picking up litter), and setting up
a flea market and yard sale. In Norway, winters are extreme, so
we collected and donated cold-weather clothing to Gateteam, a
homeless charity in Oslo.
The Swedish team worked with the Södertälje SK hockey club
and some of our local funders to support the integration project
for newly arrived immigrants. It also donated 50,000 SEK to BRIS,
one of Sweden's leading children's rights organisations.
Our ‘urban mining’ challenge saw us dig around in draws
and cupboards to unearth old IT, harvesting nearly 50 devices
to be recycled or refurbished for reuse. Using the hashtag
#WalktheTalk, we promoted the campaign online and
encouraged others to participate.
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The Danish team took to the water, embarking on a ‘trash
expedition’. By picking rubbish out of Copenhagen canals, the
team helped protect the oceans from micro-plastic pollution
whilst raising awareness of the problem of underwater waste.
Welcoming immigrants
Supporting good causes
In Norway, we donated to Care Norway, Save the Children, and
the Salvation Army, whilst in Denmark we gave to “Knæk cancer”
(beat cancer), an annual charity collection from individuals and
companies with a TV-show climax that raises funds for cancer
research and patient support.
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