SUEZ gives laptops a new lease of life, benefiting charities and reducing carbon emissions
To enhance social value by putting surplus IT equipment to good use
SUEZ is committed to creating social value throughout the business’ activities. With the triple bottom line approach imbedded into the organisation, SUEZ focuses on the wider economic, social and environmental impacts of their operations, implementing nationwide initiatives and local projects.
Prior to partnering with Computers 4 Charity, redundant desktop computers were being recycled at a SUEZ depot. An opportunity was spotted to go a step further and look at ways to reuse computers, further contributing to the circular economy.
In 2014, SUEZ teamed up with not-for-profit organisation Computers 4 Charity, donating used desktop units. These have been refurbished by the organisation and passed onto to a variety of charitable causes in the UK and overseas.
A total of 949 computers have been donated since 2020, helping various communities in need, from unemployed veterans to young carers and hospice patients.
SUEZ also contributed 25 desktop units as part of the largest single onward donation to School Gambia, a small charity that builds schools in Africa. These donations help to make technology more accessible, while tackling the digital divide across the region.
Beyond enhancing the wellbeing of communities in need, the initiative has had a positive impact on the environment.
Refurbishing a computer extends its lifespan and reduces the need for new ones to be manufactured - saving carbon emissions. Since 2020, SUEZ has prevented 190 tonnes of carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere and reinforcing their commitment to boost social value.