A group of Dutch provinces and environmental services wanted to do something about the sustainability problems associated with mobile phones, such as increasing resource scarcity and the issue of electronic waste in developing countries. The demand was a complete compensation of their waste and the use of raw materials.
KPMG and Closing the Loop successfully compensated 2.600 phones in 2018 and 2019, thereby contributing to circular IT and a reduced ecological footprint for the company. Both organisations use the collaboration to showcase how circularity can be tangible and straight forward.
Closing the Loop and Rabobank have collaborated since 2018. This led to the current set up, in which every phone bought by the bank is made waste-free. The collaboration has created tangible results for Rabobank, as well as lowered the ecological footprint of the company.
Royal Schiphol Group has taken a big step towards a circular business. By compensating the waste that their mobile phones will eventually cause, they have made their phone usage more circular and sustainable. In addition, their old and used phones will get a responsible new life in an emerging market.