This article first appeared in our Sustainable IT special issue of of My Green Pod Magazine, distributed with The Guardian on 05 November 2021. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox
‘Sustainability’ is now an everyday word, and rightly so. Behaving ‘more sustainably’ is a priority within our personal and professional lives and its importance for businesses of all sizes cannot be underestimated.
Irrespective of potential material gain, businesses must do what is right rather than what is commercially expedient. However, businesses don’t make decisions, people do.
The time for indecision and procrastination has passed.
Recognising this is one thing; appreciating how to approach it successfully is often seen as an entirely different challenge. In fact, ‘challenge’ misses the point. Why should doing the right thing be considered a challenge? It’s an expectation.
Sustainability in IT
IT and computing are responsible for 5% of all global carbon emissions. By comparison, the airline industry contributes 3.7%. IT’s contribution is perpetuated by the throwaway mentality associated with devices and accessories, which leads to unforgivable mountains of e-waste.
It shouldn’t be this way. It doesn’t have to be this way. Consenna, as a leading digital enablement business in the IT Channel, believes resellers have a pivotal role to play and a strong desire to play it.
Ethical IT production
The journey starts with device manufacturers increasing commitments to reducing the environmental impact of their production processes, materials and supply chains.
Increasingly, well-informed customers are holding vendors to account in the best way they can, by offering their custom to those upholding the highest environmental credentials.
We recently worked with Acer and sustainability consultancy Px3 to launch ‘Green Rewards’ across Europe. Centred around an intuitive online portal and project calculator, it allows IT resellers to access, for the first time, immediate insights into the environmental impact of their customers’ purchasing and recycling decisions – all in a personalised sustainability impact report.
Next is the distribution network – from vendors to resellers – that makes devices available. Ingram Micro, which already has a long-standing relationship with Fairphone, recently announced a partnership with sustainable IT specialist Circular Computing. The partnership gives resellers and customers easy access to carbon-neutral,
Beyond this, up to 10,000 resellers engage daily with millions of end customers, where the greatest change can be realised. The potential for change is enormous if ‘doing the right thing’ becomes the policy we all choose to adopt.