What is ESG and Why is it Important?

ESG has become a buzz term in the ITAD industry- but what does it mean? ESG stands for environmental, social, and corporate governance. Sometimes it is referred to as environmental, social, and governance instead. This is the standard that socially and environmentally conscious investors use to screen potential investments and companies. 

It’s important to hold companies, especially e-waste recycling companies, to these standards to ensure that you’re investing in the future of our planet. Sustainable investing or socially responsible investing (SRI) has become increasingly important to some institutional investors. They are looking at ESG to get a more holistic view of a company and what they stand for. 


The environmental portion of ESG refers to how a corporation impacts the environment. An ESG rating for a corporation is calculated with factors like their use of greenhouse gases, properly managing their disposal of toxic waste, and their attempts to offset their carbon footprint. 

E-waste is especially detrimental to the environment. Companies that ensure their end-of-life technology does not end up in landfills are aiding in environmental protection and protecting natural resources. The chemicals in all e-waste can enter the earth’s water sources and soil it when not properly disposed of, so it’s essential to ensure everyone knows what happens when recycling electronics.  


How a corporation interacts with its community, stakeholders, and other businesses contributes to the social aspect of ESG. Suppose a company encourages its employees to volunteer, donates a percentage of its profits to non-profit organizations, and practices socially conscious hiring practices. In that case, its ESG score will be positively impacted. 

This becomes especially vital when examining how a company disposes of its technology. If a business does not use an R2 certified ITAD service, their old technology may end up in landfills or third-world countries being picked for pieces, eventually ending up in the ocean. It’s hard to know who the laborers will pick out pieces of equipment. They could be children who are underpaid or required to work in unsafe conditions. 

Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is the internal way an organization is run and how its goals align with stakeholder expectations. 

If a company commits to recycling its e-waste, but a VP is seen disposing of a broken tablet in the dumpster behind the building, that would negatively impact an ESG score. This ensures that leadership has the same values that the company is publicizing. 

Why It Matters

So at the end of the day, why does this matter? It shows how other companies are looking to improve their ESG score, which is where Securis can help. At Securis, we can ensure that your company properly disposes of any e-waste. 

As an R2 certified company, we know how important it is to keep your e-waste out of landfills. This is important for our environment and the safety of your and your customer’s information. If you are interested in how we could help your organization improve its ESG score, contact us here.

Are We Being “Smart” or Creating More E-waste?

Our smart devices are ever-evolving, from our phones to our watches and everything in between. Many are trying to keep up with the latest and greatest. Each year, there seems to be a newer model of the previous device, with manufacturers and providers alike offering a financial incentive to upgrade.

So what happens with our old devices when we upgrade? They may become e-waste. 

Whether your device stops working because it reaches its end of life or you cast it aside because you’ve upgraded, what do you do with it when you are no longer using it? Recycling or finding someone who can use the device is really the best way to keep more e-waste out of landfills. It’s important to consider how you’re disposing of this tech. If it breaks, it can still hold data, and in some cases, even if it is factory reset. 

These can be referred to as Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Currently, it is estimated that this year the number of  IoT devices will grow by 18% to 14.4 billion, and that number will continue to climb through the years. Are you making sure that you’re doing your part to keep them out of our landfills? It may be time to rethink the process! 

What is an IoT Device?

IoT devices are a network of devices that contain sensors, software, and various other technologies that have internet connectivity. These can be household devices like Nest Thermostats, Amazon Echoes, smart watches, or even large devices like connected cars that start with keyfobs instead of a physical key.

Proper Disposal Is Vital

The best way to reduce your impact when it comes to purchasing new IoT devices is to make sure you’re using what you already have until it dies. We often get excited about the latest technology, but that can come with a lack of concern when it comes to the disposal of devices. 

As consumers, it is easy to look forward to the updated features that a new device may bring and therefore forget how the chemicals that are in our old devices will impact our environment. Heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, and beryllium as well as chemicals like brominated flame retardants, can impact the health of our communities. 

Finding a reliable electronics recycler is a crucial factor for responsible recycling. Some companies send e-waste to landfills in Africa and Asia for reusable materials to be manually harvested. After what can be taken out, the scrap remains, which often ends up in the ocean. 

Securis is a certified R2 electronics recycling company, and we ensure that all of our downstream vendors are as well. If you’re looking for a responsible place to dispose of your e-waste, contact us today!