At SYNNEX, we are committed to leading by example because we understand that small actions can create big changes. We strive to make our planet a better place for future generations by making our facilities greener, supporting our business partners’ green initiatives, and nurturing green innovation. Our associates are also encouraged to take the lead by proposing and participating in a range of local conservation initiatives—from used battery drop-off centers to waste recycling and beyond. Here are just some ways we’re leading:
Corporate Environmental Beliefs
SYNNEX recognizes and accepts its responsibility to be a good steward of the environment and help achieve a state of sustainable development. In support of these responsibilities, we are committed to compliance with all applicable legal requirements, with a goal of going beyond compliance whenever practical and possible; conservation of natural resources, including energy, through source reduction, reuse, and recycling; and continual environmental performance improvement through the involvement of all our employees, subcontractors, suppliers, and local partners. We also take steps to integrate environmental considerations into our business activities and provide our employees with the awareness, skills, and knowledge necessary to encourage respect for our environment.
Energy Consumption and Efficiency
Our facilities are constantly searching for new ways to reduce carbon emissions, cut down on energy usage, and improve energy efficiency. Beyond meeting all applicable environmental regulatory and statutory requirements, we take steps to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions at our facilities, and promote a range of waste reduction, recycling, and pollution reduction efforts. Our Fremont, California facility, for example, installed solar panels that have helped to reduce our carbon footprint by close to one million pounds of CO2 each year. The same facility has also installed electric car stations and implemented a Commuter Benefit Program to encourage associates to reduce their carbon footprint. We also installed electric car stations at our Greenville campus.
SYNNEX’ Hyve Solutions business evolved from the need to produce large scale energy-and cost-efficient data centers. Hyve Solutions is a Platinum OCP (Open Compute Project) provider and the original OCP solution provider. OCP servers are capable of being up to 38% more power efficient than traditional server hardware.
To achieve our environmental mandate, green thinking must permeate all aspects of our company, including supply chain management. That’s why we continue to take steps to make our supply chain greener and meet our customers and stakeholders’ environmental expectations. ISO certifications are one way to encourage organizations and their supply chains to produce less waste, reduce energy consumption, and increase distribution efficiency. For this reason, a growing number of our facilities are ISO certified. We also provide our North American resellers with access to a wide variety of green-designated products and services—which not only gives them a unique selling proposition, but also benefits their end users by enabling them to realize annual energy savings.
Water Reduction and Recycling
Our planet benefits when we reduce our water usage and waste. And that’s why we’re always searching for new, innovative ways to eradicate wasteful practices and find new life for our business’s by-products. While the extent of a facility’s recycling efforts depend on its jurisdiction’s recycling capabilities, all of our offices are committed to doing what they can to reduce waste and give it new life, whenever possible.
In North America, for example, many of our facilities recycle cardboard, plastics, cans, bottles, and paper—and some even compost. Others are exploring innovative new ways to reduce waste. Our Fremont, California facility uses a technology solution comprised of thermal densifiers to turn foam by-products into bricks that are then sold to plastic recyclers. This technique has allowed the Fremont facility to recapture 100% of its foam, reducing its garbage by 40,000 lbs per month. Similarly, our Go Green program encourages associates to initiate ongoing local environmentally-friendly initiatives. The program has seen some great results, such as a battery and electronic equipment recycling program in Fremont, California, Greenville, South Carolina, United States and Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
SYNNEX Japan and its associates are taking the lead in environmental sustainability by participating in the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project. The organizers of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 are calling on citizens of Japan to donate old and obsolete consumer electronic devices including smartphones and small electronic appliances. Metal collected from these devices will be used to produce the gold, silver, and bronze medals for the games. The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project is targeting to make the medals completely from recycled materials.