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SK tes is committed to sustaining tomorrow because we believe our future is linked to the success of people and our planet.

Our sustainable technology lifecycle management solutions are designed to  reduce the need for replacements and maximise return on investment, re-use and repurpose electronic assets and batteries, and recycle end of life assets to recover critical raw materials and minimize waste.

 

 

 

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SUSTAINABILITY

We've embedded a sustainable mindset into every aspect of the business

SK tes operates in an ethical, compliant and transparent way. Our commitment starts at the top and flows through to all levels, with governance over every aspect of the business, from procedures to working with clients and partners.
Our initiatives have driven some amazing results at our facilities around the globe:

  • Whilst processing 106,000 (MT) of electronic materials in 2022, our reuse, recycling and recovery rate was 96.8%
  • In 2022, SK tes achieved zero data breaches from 3.6 million assets processed
  • Reduction of energy and GHG emissions per tonne of materials processed was 14%, well on track to meet our targeted 15% reduction by 2025.

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Our Sustainability Strategy

We recognize the importance of operating responsibly and having a positive impact on both society and the environment. We are convinced that by taking action now, we can work towards creating a better tomorrow for generations to come.

Our sustainability strategy is underpinned by three principle: protect, preserve and provide. We protect our customers' privacy, brand, intellectual property, and data, working to preserve our natural environment and promoting the responsible usage of scarce resources and we strive to provide a secure, diverse, and inclusive workplace and community where everyone can flourish.

Protect

SK tes takes the protection of its customers' privacy, brand, intellectual property, data and trust very seriously. To that end, the company is taking various actions to ensure that these aspects are safeguarded, including data and cyber security, responsible business operations and supply chains, legal compliance, promoting diversity and inclusion, minimizing environmental impact, and ensuring fair treatment of employees and suppliers.

Preserve

We are taking action to protect our planet and its precious resources. By extending the life of assets, manage waste responsibly and taking responsibility for our impact on the environment and working to minimize it we are doing our part to preserve our planet for future generations.

Provide

SK tes is dedicated to creating a workplace and community that is safe, diverse, and inclusive, where everyone can flourish. We prioritize the safety of our employees, striving for zero injuries through our comprehensive health and safety management system, which is reinforced by ongoing training and a highly motivated workforce. 

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Sustaining Tomorrow

As leaders in the circular economy, we believe that balance between economic,  environmental, and social responsibility is vital to long-term growth and that our success is directly related to the success of people and the planet.

We take a compliant, secure, and sustainable approach to meeting the technology management needs of organisations all over the world. Driving for maximum circularity in technology and battery use means optimizing the use, reuse, and recycling of your IT and data center assets and batteries.

Increased circularity will reduce waste and minimize the need for emissions-heavy production of new materials. The benefits are clear: By reducing reliance on new industrial materials and including a materials transition in our net zero implementation plans, we can move collectively toward a more responsible circular economy. 



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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a crucial benchmark to evaluate our efforts in remaining pertinent and beneficial to our surroundings and the people we impact. Our organization has pinpointed 8 SDGs that align with our goals, competencies, and aspirations.

These SDGs are at the forefront of our focus as we strive to sustain our tomorrow:

  • Quality Education,
  • Gender Equality,
  • Affordable and Clean Energy,
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth,
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Responsible Consumption and Production,
  • Climate Action,
  • Partnerships for the Goals


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Commitment to Net Zero

Commitment to Net Zero

At SK tes, we understand the importance of our role in instigating change, and we are committed to setting an example for others to follow. We have taken a global pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and have established science-based objectives to achieve this in the near future.

We are committed to reducing our emissions and ensuring that our future business growth is decoupled from our emissions. 



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Science-Based Targets

Science-Based Targets

 

SK tes has made a commitment to reducing their company-wide emissions in the near and long term. We have pledged to meet the SBTi Net-Zero Standard, which aligns with the requirements set by climate science.

In response to the call for corporate climate action from the SBTi, SK tes is adopting the targets set forth by the Business Ambition for the 1.5°C campaign. This is an important step towards mitigating the negative impacts of climate change and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.

 

 



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SK tes Sustainable Impact Goals

17 Sustainable Impact Goals

Our commitment to sustainability is grounded in our 17 Sustainable Impact Goals (SIGs), which serve as a blueprint for our efforts to combat climate change, promote responsible business and production. We are dedicated to Sustaining Tomorrow by keeping resources and materials in circulation, thus ensuring that future generations have access to the world’s resources.

Our technology management solutions are designed to help our clients reduce the need for replacement and maximize return on investment. We also promote the reuse and repurposing of assets by transforming and recycling end-of-life assets to recover primary materials and minimize waste.

We believe that by taking action today, we can help create a better tomorrow for future generations. Our strategy is to protect the privacy, brand, intellectual property, data and trust of our customers, preserve our natural environment and the use of scarce resources and provide a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace and community for people to thrive. 



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External Assurance

Global Reporting Initiative

SK tes' commitment to sustainability includes engagement with independent auditors to validate the integrity, completeness and accuracy of our Sustainability Reporting. In alignment with our commitment to transparency and integrity in our sustainability initiatives, we recognise the necessity and importance of external assurance. 

Our Sustainability Reporting undergoes external assurance by SGS International Certification Services and the protocols used to conduct assurance are based on the principles of the Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Reporting Standards. 

SK tes is a community member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). 



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Sustaining Tomorrow

As leaders in the circular economy, we believe that balance between economic,  environmental, and social responsibility is vital to long-term growth and that our success is directly related to the success of people and the planet.

We take a compliant, secure, and sustainable approach to meeting the technology management needs of organisations all over the world. Driving for maximum circularity in technology and battery use means optimizing the use, reuse, and recycling of your IT and data center assets and batteries.

Increased circularity will reduce waste and minimize the need for emissions-heavy production of new materials. The benefits are clear: By reducing reliance on new industrial materials and including a materials transition in our net zero implementation plans, we can move collectively toward a more responsible circular economy. 

Sustainable Development Goals
TES Japan - Staff members reviewing documents

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a crucial benchmark to evaluate our efforts in remaining pertinent and beneficial to our surroundings and the people we impact. Our organization has pinpointed 8 SDGs that align with our goals, competencies, and aspirations.

These SDGs are at the forefront of our focus as we strive to sustain our tomorrow:

  • Quality Education,
  • Gender Equality,
  • Affordable and Clean Energy,
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth,
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Responsible Consumption and Production,
  • Climate Action,
  • Partnerships for the Goals
Commitment to Net Zero
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Commitment to Net Zero

At SK tes, we understand the importance of our role in instigating change, and we are committed to setting an example for others to follow. We have taken a global pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and have established science-based objectives to achieve this in the near future.

We are committed to reducing our emissions and ensuring that our future business growth is decoupled from our emissions. 

Science-Based Targets
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Science-Based Targets

 

SK tes has made a commitment to reducing their company-wide emissions in the near and long term. We have pledged to meet the SBTi Net-Zero Standard, which aligns with the requirements set by climate science.

In response to the call for corporate climate action from the SBTi, SK tes is adopting the targets set forth by the Business Ambition for the 1.5°C campaign. This is an important step towards mitigating the negative impacts of climate change and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.

 

 

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17 Sustainable Impact Goals

Our commitment to sustainability is grounded in our 17 Sustainable Impact Goals (SIGs), which serve as a blueprint for our efforts to combat climate change, promote responsible business and production. We are dedicated to Sustaining Tomorrow by keeping resources and materials in circulation, thus ensuring that future generations have access to the world’s resources.

Our technology management solutions are designed to help our clients reduce the need for replacement and maximize return on investment. We also promote the reuse and repurposing of assets by transforming and recycling end-of-life assets to recover primary materials and minimize waste.

We believe that by taking action today, we can help create a better tomorrow for future generations. Our strategy is to protect the privacy, brand, intellectual property, data and trust of our customers, preserve our natural environment and the use of scarce resources and provide a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace and community for people to thrive. 

External Assurance
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Global Reporting Initiative

SK tes' commitment to sustainability includes engagement with independent auditors to validate the integrity, completeness and accuracy of our Sustainability Reporting. In alignment with our commitment to transparency and integrity in our sustainability initiatives, we recognise the necessity and importance of external assurance. 

Our Sustainability Reporting undergoes external assurance by SGS International Certification Services and the protocols used to conduct assurance are based on the principles of the Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Reporting Standards. 

SK tes is a community member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). 

SK tes at a glance

40 +

sites in over 20 counties

101766 Mt

of material processed annually

96.8 %

recovery rate

6.2 Mn+

assets processed annually

Frequently asked questions

How does ITAD contribute to sustainability goals?

By properly managing IT asset disposition (ITAD), companies can contribute to their sustainability goals in several ways.

 ITAD helps to conserve natural resources by extending the lifecycle of electronic devices. Rather than discarding old devices and purchasing new ones, companies can refurbish and redeploy or resell them, reducing the need for new manufacturing and the associated GHG emissions and consumption of scarce resources.

By responsibly recycling any electronic waste that is not suitable for reuse, ITAD helps to divert harmful materials from landfills. Many electronic devices contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, which can pollute soil and water if not disposed of properly. By recycling these materials, companies can reduce the amount of pollution and waste generated, thereby contributing to a cleaner environment.

IT asset disposition is an important component of sustainability efforts. By properly disposing of IT assets, companies can reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
How can I ensure my ewaste is managed sustainably?

As technology continues to advance, electronic waste (e-waste) has become a major environmental concern. E-waste contains hazardous materials that can be harmful to humans and the environment if not managed properly. 

You can ensure that your ewaste is managed sustainably by using a responsible IT asset disposition (ITAD) service provider. Your ITAD provider should work with you to maximize opportunities for equipment reuse and redeployment. This reduces the amount of e-waste in landfills and extends the lifecycle of electronics. 

Businesses should keep track of their e-waste to ensure that it is properly disposed of or recycled. This can be done by keeping a log of all electronics that are disposed of or recycled.
 
Choose a responsible e-waste recycler: When choosing an e-waste recycler, businesses should ensure that they are certified by a reputable organization, such as R2v3. This certification ensures that the recycler is following responsible e-waste management practices.
 
Implement an e-waste management plan: A business should have a plan in place for managing its e-waste. This plan should include guidelines for the disposal of e-waste, employee training, and regular audits to ensure compliance.
What are the advantages of proper IT asset reuse?

Reduction of CO2: Up to 15 Mt CO2 annually can be avoided through professional refurbishment and reusing technology through redeployment and remarketing. 

Revenue: Up to $10 billion annually can be saved through properly designed reuse options, according to UN calculations.

Reduction of raw material mining: Extending the technology lifecycle avoids the need for more raw material extraction. 

What are the advantages of proper recycling?

Proper recycling reduces the amount of e-waste in landfills. E-waste contains toxic substances such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, which can harm the environment and human health. By recycling e-waste, these harmful substances can be safely disposed of, reducing their negative impact on the environment.

Ecological impact can be reduced through the recovery of primary materials. Raw materials that can be recovered through responsible recycling of corporate IT equipment, enterprise data center assets and battery technology include copper, iron, aluminum, cobalt, tin and silver. 

 

What is sustainable battery recycling?

Electric vehicle and technology batteries are made up of various valuable materials such as metals, plastics, and chemicals, which can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. Recycling lithium-ion batteries not only reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills but also helps in the conservation of scarce natural resources such as cobalt and lithium.

 Recycling electric vehicle batteries sustainably involves a complex process that ensures the safe and environmentally friendly disposal of all components. This process helps to conserve natural resources, reduce waste, and minimize the environmental impact of electric vehicles.
How is SK tes closing the loop?

SK tes is focused on closing the loop on IT, data center technology and battery use through redeployment, reuse, resale and responsible recycling.

Extending the lifespan of technology assets through redeployment or reuse  responsible recycling and properly disposing of end-of-life electronic waste in an environmentally-friendly way. This includes recycling batteries, which can be a significant source of pollution if not disposed of properly.

Closing the loop on technology use is not only environmentally responsible but can also provide economic benefits to companies and organizations. By taking a proactive approach to reducing electronic waste, we can help ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

What are the environmental benefits of ITAD and recycling?

Using technology for an extended period of time can help reduce carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions and contribute to a more sustainable environment. The reuse of a laptop can save up to 80% of the CO2e emissions that would be generated if a new laptop was purchased. This is because the production of a new laptop requires a significant amount of energy and resources, including the extraction of raw materials, manufacturing, and transportation.

In addition to reducing CO2e emissions, reusing a laptop can also have economic benefits. By extending the lifespan of a laptop, individuals and businesses can save money on purchasing new devices. It also reduces the amount of electronic waste that ends up in landfills, which can have negative environmental impacts.

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Sustaining Tomorrow

Our latest Sustainability Report highlights our continued commitment to sustainable practices and progress towards achieving our sustainability goals.

Read more about our mission to make a decade of difference by securely and sustainability repurpose a billion kilograms of technology assets by 2030. 

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