#SustainableTogether – #EarthDay and Beyond

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…

IT Asset Disposition Has Evolved. Have You?

The formalization of IT asset disposition has come a long way in the past decade, from what Gartner analyst Rob Schafer would describe as “Joe and his truck” to the extremely sophisticated, tightly controlled handling of IT assets, including: Airtight data security Rigorous attention to environmental stewardship End-to-end brand protection Process automation and optimization Value-driven…

The Corporate Guide to Managing E-Waste

Somewhere around 1994, when The Internet For Dummies had already become a best seller, I was at a potluck with friends. Someone said to me, “I was going to buy your book, but I didn’t because of the title.” Without thinking, I responded, “Well, that was stupid.” In case you’ve gone the past couple of…

Why Using Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic in IT Devices Rocks

When Dell captured the Green Electronics Council Catalyst award for 2015 last fall at the Emerging Green Conference, I felt they truly deserved it. The first Catalyst Award focused on electronics and related infrastructures’ positive impact on the circular economy, where circular economy is defined as “an economic system that is safe and restorative by…

Arrow Electronics Sustainability Expert a Featured Speaker at Sustainatopia

Article featured in JustMeans: The sustainability expert for Arrow Electronics’ value recovery business, Carol Baroudi, was a featured speaker earlier this week at Sustainatopia, a multi-day event focused on social, financial and environmental sustainability and impact. Baroudi moderated a panel on “Building Substantial and Collaborative Networks” where participants discussed the need to grow one’s professional…

The Social Efficiency Dividend

“Growth” is every company’s goal—including Arrow’s. But it’s also a word that can send shivers down the spines of the sustainability-minded. When growth means increasing consumption, materials and energy spend, I’m not gleeful about the g-word. So you can imagine my delight when an IDC analyst proposed growing economically by tackling waste. At the IDC…

Just One Good Pair of Shoes

A friend of mine recalls growing up having just one good pair of shoes, which was intended to last until he outgrew them and handed them down to a littler brother. No, he’s not an octogenarian, and no, he did not grow up in extreme poverty. One very serviceable pair of shoes is all one…