GVHQ IT disposes tech responsibly and ethically
Every year, we generate around 40 million tons of electronic waste worldwide, according to Copenhagen-based research project The World Counts. That equates to throwing away 800 laptops every second. However, our GrandVision HQ IT team based in Schiphol, The Netherlands, has found a way to dispose of the office’s old tech equipment responsibly and align with GrandVision’s ambition to reduce waste from the company’s production, manufacturing and operations.
Since 2016, the team has donated old equipment to charitable organization IT Donations NL. The team ensures all data has been erased and then sends the equipment to the organization, which sells it (or its parts). IT Donations NL then donates the residual value of the tech equipment sold to the donor’s charity of choice.
Our team requested for all proceeds to be donated to Oogfonds, a Dutch organization that funds research, and provides information and eye care accessibility to fight blindness, visual impairment and eye disorders in the Netherlands.
Through our responsible tech disposal, the GrandVision HQ IT team has recycled more than 50 laptops, as well as cords, cables and other outdated or unusable tech equipment. Subsequently, the team’s donations have resulted in raising about €4,000 for Oogfonds, as of June 2020.
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