ArvatoConnect and Sumillion shortlisted for leading sustainability award

ArvatoConnect and Sumillion shortlisted for leading sustainability award

6th February 2024 · Arvato · News, Press Releases

We’ve been named a finalist in the ‘Best Sustainable Customer Project of the Year’ category, at the inaugural 2024 CRN ‘Sustainability in Tech’ awards.  

The awards – which will be announced at the Sustainability in Tech Summit on the 8th of February at BAFTA Piccadilly in central London – recognise initiatives by companies in the technology and IT sectors that support the journey to Net Zero.  

We’ve been nominated alongside our IT equipment provider Sumillion for our work together in decarbonising our business’ IT estate and reducing our business’ carbon footprint.  

As part of a recent IT upgrade, Sumillion helped us source 300 carbon neutral remanufactured laptops from Portsmouth-based IT refurbisher Circular Computing.  

Each remanufactured laptop saves approximately 316kg of carbon dioxide compared to buying new, so this process helped prevent a total of 94,800kg of CO2 emissions – the equivalent to taking more than 24 cars off the road for a year.  

To maximise the social benefits as well as the environmental ones, we then donated 300 of our old laptops to Sumillion. Its team wiped, tested and fixed the devices before working with poverty relief charity To Live in H.O.P.E to distribute them to schools in Ghana – extending the devices’ lifespan, and providing children with tools to support their educations.    

Accounting for both our social and environmental impact – which is central to how we do business – ultimately helped deliver what Sumillion described as the ‘most sustainable order the industry has seen so far.’ 

We’re proud of this shortlisting and what we’ve been able to achieve together with our brilliant partners in Sumillion.  

We truly believe that you shouldn’t have to choose between business growth, sustainability and bringing value to communities. This project is just one example of how, by rethinking how we approach simple processes like equipment upgrades, we can put this belief into action. 

Our thanks to all of the organisations who helped make this initiative possible, and best of luck to all of those who are nominated.

Stephen Miller, ArvatoConnect’s IT and Innovation Director

Our nomination follows our business’ relocation to new headquarters in Botanica Ditton Park, Datchet last year, which were selected on the basis of their strong alignment with our focus on positive social impact, lessening our environmental impact and supporting our employees’ wellbeing.  

The premises, surrounded by 200-acres of open landscape, are powered by 100% renewable electricity and have been awarded a Green Apple in recognition of their international leadership in environmental conservation. 

During the move, we also recycled office furniture from our former offices, saving more than 39,000 kgs of CO2 in the process. 

You can find out more about our commitment to having a positive social impact here. 

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