Circular electronics for social good: Reusing IT equipment to bridge the digital divide

Date published:

16/05/2023

Authors:

Good Things Foundation, Circular Electronics Partnership , Deloitte

Key takeaways:

The research identifies some of the key barriers and enablers that businesses have when looking at the end-of-life of their IT devices. Key barriers include: data security. challenges of the end-to-end process, and lack of awareness.

Methodology and Methods:

Literature Review and/or Policy Proposal

Case study:

No
The reuse of IT equipment to create a positive impact on society is an area that businesses are increasingly exploring. Our research identifies some of the key barriers and enablers that businesses have when looking at the end-of-life of their IT devices. Some of the business leaders we interviewed were unaware of the impact reusing their IT equipment can have on society, as well as how partnering with expert charities could help to ease the donation process. This lack of awareness may lead to the perception that it is difficult to implement a circular electronics for social good model. This model involves reusing electronic devices in a closed-loop system that benefits society and the environment. It focuses on the reuse and repair, as well as recovering and refurbishing, of used electronics to provide affordable technology access to underserved communities. A circular electronics for social good model aims to reduce electronic waste (e-waste2), promote sustainable consumption, and increase digital inclusion.