Sustainable IT is another step towards the UNGC’s goal


Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and its founding Charter as it was officially established on the 24th October 1945. This anniversary comes at a time of great disruption for the world as we are compounded in an unprecedented global health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each country is facing its own severe economic and social impacts, leading to millions working from home or worse stillbecoming unemployed due to businesses not being able to survive these treacherous times. 

Whilst it seems perverse to see a silver lining, we must remember that beyond the severe human cost there is a positive side for our planet, where behavioural change is blooming, and our past negative impact becomes a firmer realisation. It reenergises the fight for a sustainable future.  

The United Nations Global Compact is encouraging individuals to make a social statement of their alignment with the principles. The core principles of the UNGC are centred around four pillars: Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption. Circular Computing is at the forefront of sustainable IT and a world leader of this sector. To maintain this position, we align to the UNGC as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our day to day business. The products we remanufacture are designed to make an impact for global change today for a more sustainable tomorrow. 

Furthering on from Circular Computing’s alignment with the UNGC and SDGs we have developed and adopted our own Code of Conduct that sets a minimum benchmark of quality that is often surpassed. We encourage our clients and channel partners to adopt our code, which aligns with UNGC, into their own businesses. To achieve such a commitment, we provide regular training sessions, both in person and online, as well as webinars, social media postings and sustainability communications throughout the channel.  

The resulting effect of aligning with the principles of UNGC, coinciding with our other unique elements such as our commitment to quality standard BS/ISO8887, is that there is a compass from which our partners and clients can measure us. We have also committed to being a net zero supplier, leading us to supporting renewable energy and reforestation projects through partners such as WeForest and One Tree Planted. This demonstrates our seriousness in our accountability and responsibility to the future of the planet as well as our own operations and the actions of the communities around us.  

There is no downside to doing the right thing. Every day we see new clients and partners emerging who are also aligned with both our Code of Conduct and the UNGC principles directly. This allows us to share a common practice with them ultimately leading to a deeper integration than solely supplying the worlds’ most sustainable IT. Working alongside these companies and their workforce whilst maintaining the high level of commitment to UNGC is a constant reminder that we are more than a manufacturer and that our primary responsibility is to each other and the planet. Because IT shouldn’t cost the earth. 

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