GSK’s Sustainability Drive: Harnessing Greener Technology for a Better Future  

GSK's Sustainability Drive

The concept of ‘remanufacturing’ is finally gaining traction in the tech industry, signalling a significant shift towards sustainable practices. One company that is making significant strides in sustainable technology is GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). A global biopharmaceutical company, GSK is committed to improving the lives of 2.5 billion people by 2030, using science, technology, and talent. Sustainability is a central focus for GSK, with commitments to achieve net zero and nature positivity by 2030 and 2045, respectively. 

Sarah Jones, from GSK’s Global Tech Operations, recently shared her vision for driving sustainability and operational efficiency within their end-user computing environments. A key part of GSK’s strategy is to look at a performance-based refresh approach, and the potential use of remanufactured devices. These devices, restored to their original condition, offer a sustainable alternative that significantly reduces energy consumption and carbon emissions. Her early insights suggest no negative user experience, making remanufactured devices a viable and environmentally friendly option for organisations. 

Moreover, GSK is shutting down its strategic data centres and transitioning to the cloud. This move will significantly reduce GSK’s carbon footprint, given that worldwide data centres contribute around 200 million tons of carbon emissions annually. This aligns with their sustainability goals and is an example of how companies can leverage technology to minimise their environmental impact. 

GSK is also addressing basic issues such as PCs being left on in standby mode and aims to further educate users on what impacts emissions and carbon footprints. By addressing these small issues, GSK aims to further reduce energy consumption and drive sustainable practices at an individual level. 

“Putting our employees and colleagues in the driving seat when it comes to making decisions that help us towards our sustainability targets is absolutely the most important part of our strategy,” Jones explained. This sentiment aligns perfectly with our ethos at Circular Computing – that everyone has a role to play in creating a more sustainable future.  

As Jones aptly put it, we need to “Think big, start small”. Each step we take towards sustainability, albeit minor, contributes towards the behavioural change needed to reduce our environmental impact.  

As pioneers in sustainable tech, we at Circular Computing are passionately championing the rise of remanufacturing within the digital landscape. We advocate for ethical practices and sustainability. As the first and only BSI Kitemark certified remanufacturer, we offer remanufactured, carbon-neutral HP, Dell, and Lenovo laptops, making us a key enabler in the drive towards a more sustainable future. 

Our previous blog, “The Power of Sustainable Living: Small Changes, Big Impact” shines a light on the importance of sustainable practices in tech and how seemingly small changes can have a significant impact on our planet.

In this era of rapid technological advancement, organisations need to consider the environmental impact of their operations. Companies like GSK are leading the way by integrating sustainability into their operations. By adopting remanufactured devices and shifting towards cloud computing, they would not only be meeting their sustainability commitments but also helping to further pave the way for a green tech revolution. 

As we continue to champion ethical practices and drive change in the IT industry, we urge everyone to join us in this journey. The rise of remanufacturing and other sustainable practices within the tech industry signals a significant shift towards Green IT, but only if companies choose to follow this path. We believe that together, we can ensure a more ethical, sustainable, and socially responsible future.  

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