Saturday, April 22nd, Earth Day turned 47. Many of our friends and customers use Earth Day as a rallying call to drive environmental awareness deeper into their organizations. Even as sustainability plays a larger and larger role in an organization’s reputation – through the lens of prospective employees and investors as well as through the lens of current employees and communities – a significant knowledge gap looms. What does sustainability mean and what does a sustainable future look like?
For organizations like Microsoft, MetLife, Kimberly Clark, Dignity Health and Oracle, sustainability has found its way into corporate strategy, embedding sustainability values into processes and products, employee engagement as well as talent attraction and retention. And we as Arrow partner with them on the journey toward being #SustainableTogether. Hear How.
“E-waste is a significant global issue,” say Josh Wiener, Assistant Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities Management for MetLife. “If managed the proper way, it benefits everyone involved,” he continues. “It’s one that we as a company really want to take on. Even though we aren’t … an IT company, we have a huge IT footprint – we have over 60,000 employees across 50 countries and we store 90,000,000 customers’ data. MetLife is very risk averse – ensuring that assets are disposed of properly is critical to us.” Hear from Josh and other sustainability leaders in our special Earth Day video.
Last week we were excited to return to Microsoft’s annual Green Fair, held in the Commons on the Redmond campus.
We talked to Microsoft employees about their access to an Employee Purchase Program that gives them discounts on refurbished electronics, and we got to help promote Microsoft’s brand new program that will enable employees to bring in their personal electronics year round – a system of storage lockers for collecting the assets before we, Arrow, process them.
Sustainability is all about interconnectedness – finding solutions that cross business units and organizations, geographies and generations. Join us in our journey – #SustainableTogether. Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us how you celebrated Earth Day and where your sustainability journey is leading you.
Carol Baroudi works for Arrow promoting sustainability awareness and action. She is the lead author of Green IT For Dummies. Her particular focus is on electronics in the circular economy, with an emphasis on the IT asset disposition stage. e-waste and everything connected. Follow her on Twitter at @carol_baroudi and connect with her on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/carolbaroudi.