Arrow Electronics Inc., Englewood, Colo., and the Basel Action Network (BAN), Seattle, have announced a three-year agreement to certify all of Arrow's electronics recycling and IT asset recovery operations worldwide to the e-Stewards® standard. Arrow will be the first global e-Stewards recycler taking the program to all of its facilities on multiple continents, according to BAN.
“Arrow’s value recovery business is committed to maintaining the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility while contributing to the best practices of the industry on a global basis,” says Scott Venhaus, Arrow director of quality and compliance.
The certification covers nine processing facilities in the United States, six in Europe and one in Brazil.
“Working with e-Stewards at our new Brazil facility is an exciting opportunity to jointly pilot the geographic expansion of e-Stewards into Latin America,” Venhaus says.
Arrow’s value recovery business provides specialized management of reverse material streams, IT asset recovery and remarketing services.
E-Stewards is a globally accredited, third-party audited certification program developed by BAN. The e-Stewards standard is designed to assure customers of electronics recycling companies that no hazardous electronic waste will be exported to developing countries or end up in municipal landfills or incinerators or be processed using prison, child or forced labor. It also provides for the protection of confidential data housed in electronic equipment.
“We are very proud to partner with such a quality industry player as Arrow and are thrilled to accept its offer to pilot our program not only over North America but in Europe, Latin America and beyond,” says Jim Puckett, executive director of BAN.