How to become a StEP Member?
  • A membership to StEP is open to any organization that commits to pro-actively contribute to the development of our initiative and work with others members on possible solutions to the e-waste problem along our principles.
  • Organizations applying for StEP membership complete the application form and Memorandum of Understanding and by this illustrate their contributions and expectations. In addition members have to monetarily contribute to StEP.
  • Based on the completed application form, new members are elected by all StEP members after a detailed review by the Secretariat and the Steering Committee
(1) Secretariat of the  Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
  - Apia, Samoa

(2) Durabilit
  - Amsterdam, Netherlands

(3) Reverse Logistics Group Americas (RLGA), USA
  - Fremont, United States

(4) Hewlett Packard (HP), USA
  - Palo Alto, United States

(5) Cisco Systems Inc.
  - San Jose, United States

(6) Sustainability Consortium
  - Phoenix, United States

(7) Dell
  - Austin, United States

(8) Vertmonde cia. Ltd.
  - Quito, Ecuador *

(9) Kevoy Community Development Institute (KCDI)
  - St. Thomas, Jamaica

(10) National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER)
  - Parkersburg, United States

(11) United States Environmental Protection Agency, USA
  - Washington, United States

(12) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Materials Systems Laboratory
  - Cambridge, United States

(13) Memorial University
  - St. John's, Canada

(14) Ministry of the Environment Japan, Office Waste Disposal Management, Department of   Waste Management and Recycling
  - Tokyo, Japan

(15) University of Limerick, Ireland
  - Limerick, Ireland

(16) Compliance and Risks
  - Cork, Ireland

(17) MicroPro
  - Dublin, Ireland

(18) Datec Technolgies Ltd.
  - Ayrshire, United Kingdom

(19) University of Northampton (UoN), The Centre for Sustainable Wastes Management
  - Northampton, United Kingdom

(20) Dataserv Group Holdings Ltd.
  - Middlesex , United Kingdom

(21) BIO Intelligence Service S.A.S.

  - Ivry-sur-Seine , France

(22) University of Southern Denmark, Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology 
  - Denmark

(23) Enda Europe

  - Paris, France *

(24) United Nations Environment Programme / Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP/DTIE)
  - Paris, France
(25) Secretariat of the Basel Convention
  - Geneva, Switzerland

(26) WEEE Help
  - London, UK

(27) State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO), Switzerland
  - Bern, Switzerland

(28) Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
  - St. Gallen, Switzerland

(29) Austrian Society for Systems Engineering and Automation (SAT)
  - Vienna, Austria

(30) Umicore Precious Metal Refining, Belgium
  - Hoboken, Belgium

(31) Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
  - Brussels, Belgium *

(32) Arrow Electronics 
  - Headquaters Denver, Colorado - operating in 55 countries 

(33) Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  - Delft, Netherlands

(34) Philips Consumer Lifestyle Sustainability Center
  - Eindhoven, Netherlands

(35) Sims Recycling Solutions
  - Eindhoven, Netherlands

(36) Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut), Germany
  - Freiburg, Germany

(37) Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  - Frankfurt, Germany

(38) Blueprint ERE
  -  Singapore

(39) Plataforma RELAC
  - Santiago de Chile, Chile

(40) Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology
  - Braunschweig, Germany

(41) Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (FHG/IZM), Germany
  - Berlin, Germany

(42) Ericsson
  - Stockholm, Sweden

(43) Microsoft Mobile
  - Espo, Finland  

(44) WorldLoop
  - Brüssel, Belgium

(45) Basel Convention Coordinating Centre For Training and Technology Transfer For the African Region (BCCC-Africa), University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  - Ibadan, Nigeria
(46) Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)
  - Cairo, Egypt

(47) Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Asia and the Pacific (BCRC China)
  - Beijing, China

(48) Dismantling and Recycling Centre Vienna (D.R.Z)
  - Vienna, Austria

(49) Chiho-Tiande (HK) Limited
  - Hong Kong, China

(51) United Nations University (UNU)
  - Tokyo, Japan 

(52) United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

  - Vienna, Austria

(54) Griffith University, Australia
  - Brisbane, Australia

(55) Renewable Recyclers
  - North Wollongong , Australia

(56) ITU

  - Geneva, Switzerland

(58) Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM)
  - San Salvador, El Salvador

(59) Fecaclub UNESCO
  - Yaunde, Kamerun

(60) Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Technischen Umweltschutz, Fachgebiet Abfallwirtschaft (Chair of Solid Waste Management) 
  - Berlin, Germany

* Associated Member

Arrow Electronics
Denver, Colorado

Arrow servers over 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 470 locations in 55 countries. Involved in every aspect of the electronics supply chain, from sourcing to end-of-life, Arrow works eliminate electronic waste through the most ethical, environmentally responsible processes including extending the life of electronic assets, harvesting usable parts and returning recovered materials to the manufacturing stream. Our one global compliance policy is inclusive of all environmental and data security regulations in all regions where we operate. Beyond focus materials, we provide complete downstream transparency and accountability for all materials. Our initial approach favors reuse – repairing, refurbishing, remarketing, donation, and parts harvesting come before any downstream recycling. Using our Recycle IT Right® process, we disassemble all assets to as near commodity state as possible before they leave our facilities for down-stream specialized processors. Arrow Electronics is a $20B Fortune 150 company, providing electronics services around the world for more than 70 years.

Austrian Society for Systems Engineering and Automation (SAT)
Vienna, Austria

The Austrian Society for Systems Engineering and Automation was founded end of 1996 as a non-profit organisation, located in Vienna. Nowadays, the activities of the Austrian Society for Systems Engineering and Automation are mainly concentrated on WEEE recycling and sustainable development. The different activities embrace research, development and technology transfer projects with industry as well as organisation of national and international conferences and exhibitions. Current research topics are: · Prolongation of product use (Upgrade, Re-use, Refurbishment) · Intelligent disassembly/separation technologies · End-of-Life Management · Reverse Logistics · Design for environment · Compliance Management

Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Asia and the Pacific (BCRC China)
Beijing, China

The Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Asia and the Pacific (BCRC China), a national institution with regional role, was established in 1997. It is one of the fourteen Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centers in the world as well as the only coordinating center in Asia-Pacific Region, and it is also one of the eight regional centres of Stockholm Convention. It serves all Parties to Basel Convention in Asia-Pacific Region. BCRC China is established on the basis of the China National Center for Hazardous Waste Management Training and Technology Transfer, which was established in June 26, 1993. BCRC China is supervised by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, supported by Ministry of Environmental Protection and located in and hosted by Tsinghua University. The role of the Centre is to assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition, within Asia and the Pacific region, through capacity building for the environmentally sound management to achieve the fulfillment of the objectives of the Convention. The core functions of the Centre are training, technology transfer, information, consulting and awareness. E-waste management and treatment technology has been one of main fields focused by BCRC China since it was established. BCRC China has been improving E-waste management and treatment technology at both national and regional level through policy research, technology development, demonstration project and capacity building. Except for that, BCRC China is also trying to develop the information/technology platform through organizing the annual international conference on waste management and technology and other related regional workshops with putting e-wastes as hot topic.

Basel Convention Coordinating Centre For Training and Technology Transfer For the African Region (BCCC-Africa), University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Ibadan, Nigeria

Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training & Technology Transfer for the African Region (BCCC-Africa) is both a National Institution and a Regional Center of Excellence for Training and Technology Transfer in hazardous waste management  in the African Region. The Center was established by the decision of the Federal Government of Nigeria in September 1994 as the Federal Ministry of Environment, FMENV (formerly Federal Environmental Protection Agency, FEPA) – University of Ibadan Linkage Center for Cleaner Production Technology and Hazardous Waste Management. It was also given the mandate to serve as the Basel Convention Coordinating Center for Training and Technology Transfer for the African Region in Hazardous Waste Management. The vision of the Center is to assist parties to the convention in Africa in effectively implementing the Basel Convention and its amendments and meeting their obligations on transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes. It is also to strengthen African countries in the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of hazardous and other wastes as a contribution to promoting sustainable livelihoods and attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM)
San Salvador, El Salvador

The Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM) has the mission to support governments, private sector and civil society organizations of countries in our subregion, in ESM of hazardous materials and other wastes, through the synergistic implementation of Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions and other related conventions and initiatives. We are committed to tap into the potential of public-private sector partnerships to prevent damage to the environment and to the health of the population and to contribute to its competitiveness and sustainable development. Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) presents us a complex challenge which requires even more this private-public partnership approach, but open to learn from advances and challenges from different parts of the world, in order to tip the balance to our favor on this fastest growing waste stream which at presents seems unmanageable. On the e-waste challenge, we need to be innovative and use existing potential in different stakeholders, and to offer high quality resources to our subregion. Our current alliance with Ministries of Environment, Health and Telecommunications authorities, together with national subregional and international private sector, Academia, NGO, SBSR, ITU and multilateral and bilateral cooperation agencies gives us scope to be optimistic but requires us to keep our eyes and ears open.

BIO Intelligence Service S.A.S.
Ivry-sur-Seine , France

BIO develops recommendations for clients in the private and public sectors to help in finding answers to the environmental challenges faced by them. BIO is involved in a wide range of projects of development, analysis, and implementation of environmental policies and programmes. BIO has a strong scientific and technical expertise in the field of eco-design of products, life cycle assessment, and health & nutrition analysis. BIO has developed waste management guidelines, waste prevention approaches, and in-depth analysis of waste policy and legislation for the European Union. BIO has conducted several studies in the field of EU energy and environmental policy looking into different aspects such as life cycle assessments, inventories development, evaluation of environmental impacts, costs of reducing these impacts, best available Technologies (BAT), and review of EU Directives dealing with different waste streams such as Batteries, ELV, WEEE, and packaging. BIO currently leads two framework contracts for the EU on waste policy guidance and sustainable management of resources.

Blueprint ERE

Blueprint ERE is a Singapore based company committed towards building a global supply chain of used consumer materials. Our focus is on collection of used consumer products from the grass-root level and then channeling it into reuse, re-manufacturing and recycling streams.
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Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), Egypt
Cairo, Egypt

The Centre for Environment and Development (CEDARE), is an international organization established in 1992, in response to the convention adopted by the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment, in Damascus 1991. CEDARE is based in Cairo, Egypt. Cedare is governed by a high-level Board of Trustees, comprising environmental policy and decision leaders from the Arab world, Europe and the international community. It works in close partnership with governments, United Nations entities, international organizations, governmental organizations, business, private sector, media, and civil society at large. In line with CEDARE's vision of Environment for Development, CEDARE promotes environmental economical E-waste management in the Arab region, in cooperation with the international community.

Cisco Systems Inc.
San Jose, United States

Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Today, networks are essential to the successful operation of businesses of every size, and to service providers, governments, and homes around the world. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create the Internet solutions that make these networks possible - giving individuals, companies, and countries easy access to information anywhere, at any time. Legislative and environmental factors combined with the competitive drive to implement the latest technology present many companies with the challenge of managing technology surpluses. Cisco offers customers the 'Takeback and Recycle' program to properly dispose of surplus products that have reached their end of useful life. Equipment that is returned to Cisco through this program is disposed of in an environmentally safe manner using processes that comply with all environmental regulations.

Compliance and Risks
Cork, Ireland

Compliance & Risks help companies manage compliance requirements throughout the world via our knowledge management system, C2P, daily alerts, market access and other solutions, enabling them to mitigate risk and focus on growth opportunities.

C2P, our compliance knowledge management platform, provides the latest compliance content, in a highly structured, logically-presented manner, allowing clients to proactively plan for and respond to the evolving compliance landscape, ensuring risk management, brand protection, and strategic product and market development.
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Dataserv Group Holdings Ltd.
Middlesex , United Kingdom

dataserv protects businesses in all major industries across Europe, America, Asia and Africa from the ecological, administrative and  security liabilities of their unwanted IT resources, Telecoms & Consumer Electronics.
Our customers and blue-chip partners benefit from helping us to protect the environment from the harmful bi-products associated with technological equipment, peace of mind that all sensitive data has been eradicated, and satisfaction that all re-useable components are recycled - rather than broken down unnecessarily - either as an additional revenue stream for our customers, or for charitable donation.
As part of our dedicated compliance scheme, dataserv partners with major manufacturers to provide advice and direction around sound ecological policy and practices, helping to ensure that initiatives like StEP are instrumental in resolving technology-related ecological issues.

Datec Technolgies Ltd.
Ayrshire, United Kingdom

Datec Technolgies Ltd., based in Kllwinning, Scotland, we are owned by Belmont Trading and Sipi Metals of the US who have excellent credentials in the fields of component recovery/remarketing and precious metal refining respectively. Datec’s core competence is in the recycling and asset management of redundant/excess/end-of-life electronics within EMEA. Within this core competence we include populated printed circuit board recycling where we recover value from the board precious metal content and remarket recoverable chips. Linked to this are our services for the recycling of complete from production waste to take back schemes, EOL products/systems, such as servers, PCs, monitors, telecommunication mainframes, mobile phones, batteries; down to component level (excess/surplus and inactive passive and active component inventories), stock evaluation and returns, serial number/item inclusive with comprehensive reporting. Environmental Excellence in the provision of wall-to-wall electronics recycling solutions is what we demonstrate to our customers. Datec also operates its own PCS WEEE scheme for the UK.

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Delft, Netherlands

Delft University of Technology (TUD), Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Design for Sustainability Program, Education and Research on Basic Environmental Sciences (Bachelor level); Life Cycle Engineering & Design (Master level); Product Service Systems (Master level); Applied Environmental Design (Master level); Environment and Business (Master level); Technical Environmental Analysis (Master level). Co-Coordinator of Task Force Recycling; Researcher Eco-efficiency of Electronics Recycling (since 1999), Director Huisman Recycling Research (since 2004).

Austin, United States

Dell is a leading worldwide computer systems company. Dell designs, builds and customizes products and services to satisfy a range of customer requirements, from the server, storage and professional services needs of the largest global corporations, to those of consumers at home. Dell does business directly with customers, one at a time, better than anyone the planet. Dell operates Global Take Back Programmes with third party audited professional recycling partners. A variety programs are available for all customer groups taking back any brand of equipment. Free take-back and recycling programs for any Dell branded products are available for consumers, information available at

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Eschborn, Germany

Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership, GIZ supports people and societies in developing, transition and industrialised countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions. Established on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German Development Service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical cooperation) and Inwent – Capacity Building International, Germany. We support our partners by offering demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. We operate in many fields, including economic development and employment; governance and democracy; security, reconstruction, peace building and civil conflict transformation; food security, health and basic education; and environmental protection, resource conservation and climate change mitigation.

Dismantling and Recycling Centre Vienna (D.R.Z)
Vienna, Austria

Amsterdam, Netherlands

DURABILIT is an award-winning company ( that has been active in Green IT since 2005, serving customers all over the world.  Apart from being a European leader in the field of refurbished IT network hardware, DURABILIT has also been involved in policy making and raising environmental awareness. As consultants and advisors DURABILIT helps many organisations to make their IT greener and reduce their overall CO2 emissions in a cost effective way.

In the last couple of years DURABILIT’s work has gained international recognition through several nominations and awards.

DURABILIT has developed the innovative and widely recognized Greener Network Methodology which shows the negative environmental impact of the supply chain and the production phase of products. Most CO2 emissions take place in the production phase of products, and not in the usage phase. By re-using products and extending their lifecycle, the negative impact of production is minimized and significant reductions in CO2 emissions are achieved.

DURABILIT also champions the idea of DURABUYING – which basically means that if you can purchase the same item used/refurbished and there is no difference in quality, then you should always do so. After all, it is called global warming, and not local warming!

Stockholm, Sweden

Effective end-of-life strategies for business-to-business products form a core part of Ericsson's drive to create a safe and clean environment. Customer and social responsibility, as well as legal requirements such as the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive (2002/96/EC), have prompted Ericsson to develop a comprehensive solution for the end-of-life return of decommissioned products. Our global end-of-life treatment program is called Ecology Management Provision. Initiated three years before the WEEE requirements became law in the EU, this proactive approach gives Ericsson an effective tool to meet waste-management challenges in all our markets around the world.

Fecaclubs UNESCO
Yaounde, Cameroon



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Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
St. Gallen, Switzerland

EMPA is the materials science and technology institute of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH domain). EMPA's Technology and Society Lab (TSL) coordinates Task Force 5 on Knowledge Management & Capacity Building. Among other activities TSL is working on national and international projects in the field of e-waste recycling.

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Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (FHG/IZM), Germany
Berlin, Germany

The Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) is an internationally recognized center for applied research in the field of microelectronic packaging and microsystems integration. The main competencies are material science and characterization, design and simulation, high density interconnect and wafer level packaging technologies, vertical chip integration, micromechanical and optical systems, reliability and failure analysis. An important objective of the IZM is to assist companies in sustainable technological solutions and environmentally benign design of products.

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Griffith University, Australia
Brisbane, Australia

Griffith University’s E-waste Research Group is headed by Dr Sunil Herat, a leading researcher in the sustainable management of electronic waste worldwide. Widely regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the Asia–Pacific region’s most influential universities, Griffith University hosts the largest group of environmental professionals in any university in Australia, and amongst the largest in the world. As a University focused on multidisciplinary teaching and research, Griffith has a strong focus on environmental management and engineering. It was recently selected as the headquarters of the Australian Government's National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, recognising the University’s leadership since establishing Australia’s first university School of Environmental Studies 30 years ago.

Hewlett Packard (HP), USA
Palo Alto, United States

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company?s offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. HP is committed to providing customers with inventive, high quality products and services that are environmentally sound and to conduct our operations in an environmentally responsible manner.

Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut), Germany
Freiburg, Germany

Institut für angewandte Ökologie ? Institute for Applied Ecology, a registered non-profit association) is the leading environmental research institute in the field of applied ecology. We elaborate scientific studies and advise politicians, institutions, environmental associations and companies. Established in 1977, the Institute has a wealth of experience in exploring and assessing environmental problems, pinpointing risks and developing solutions.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Geneva, Switzerland

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the UN specialized agency responsible for Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and has a cross-sectional membership of 193 countries, over 700 private-sector entities and over 40 academic institutions.
As part of its mandate, ITU develops standards, policies, strategies and best practices to develop innovative solutions to tackle e-waste, combat climate change and promote environmental sustainability using ICTs.
ITU provides technical and policy assistance to developing countries, including support to develop legislation on e-waste, whereas ITU symposia and workshops aim to raise awareness on the dangers of e-waste and to encourage the consideration of e-waste management in the design of ICT national policies.
Furthermore, ITU-T Study Group 5 is responsible for environmental protection and recycling of ICT equipment/facilities, analyzing the effects on the environment of products and manufacturing processes and studying ways to minimize them.
Among others, ITU approved Recommendation ITU-T L.1000 (Universal power adapter and charger solution for mobile terminals and other hand-held ICT devices) which details a one-size fits all universal charger solution compatible with a variety of consumer electronic devices, reducing waste and improving convenience to end users. L.1000 will eliminate 82,000 tonnes of redundant chargers and at least 13.6 million tonnes of Co2 emissions annually.
Working in tight collaboration with governments, UN agencies, ICT industry, academia, and major global environmental stakeholders, ITU plays a leading role in fostering the use of ICTs to protect the environment and in providing coordination for technology innovation to respond to global environmental challenges faced by our societies such as e-waste. The Toolkit on End of Life Management for ICT Equipment is a good example.

Kevoy Community Development Institute (KCDI)
St. Thomas, Jamaica

In keeping with one of the mandates of Kevoy Community Development Institute (KCDI) “ Community Development” which is treated in the most general of context, has partnered with liked minded NGO namely Electronic Waste Environmental Protection Technology (E-WEPT) and the government Ministry of Housing, Water and Environment in an attempt to address Jamaica’s E-Waste challenges via this E-waste pilot project. It is proposed that from this pilot project the foundation for the drafting of Jamaica’s Electronic Waste policy will be formulated. The project will see the collection of Electronic waste for government ministries and then delivered to KCDI for recycling. KCDI’s approach will speak to the de-manufacturing, shredding and down streaming of the residue. KCDI will also be guided by the Basel Convention as it relates to the export of Electronic Waste. “

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Materials Systems Laboratory
Cambridge, United States

The Materials Systems Laboratory (MSL) is an interdisciplinary group that studies the strategic implications of materials and materials processing choices by modeling the economic and environmental consequences of engineering decisions. It resides within the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and the Engineering Systems Division and includes researchers from the Center for Technology, Policy & Industrial Development and the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. MSL is involved in research areas such as automotive lightweighting, electronics recycling, environmental pressures on supply chains and the cost-competitiveness of optoelectronics.

Memorial University
St. John's, Canada

Josh Lepawsky is leading a research project called Mapping the International Trade and Traffic of Electronic Waste. The research is organized around the following kinds of questions:
    • How much and what kind of e-waste is exported from Canada and where does it go?
    • How are the licit and illicit trade networks for e-waste formed and organized?
    • Where, by whom, and under what conditions is e-waste processed domestically and abroad after it is exported from Canada?
    • How do the domestic and international divisions of labour involved in e-waste processing contribute to the capture and/or creation of value from waste?
    • How do the emerging patterns of e-waste legislation strategically use and represent the geographies of ‘waste’ and ‘value’? What are the implications of those representations for policy and practice?
    • How do materials designated as ‘e-waste’ in one place become sources of ‘value’ elsewhere? More can be learned from the following links:

Dublin, Ireland

MicroPro Computers is a wholly owned Irish Company with its headquarters in Dublin, carrying the Guaranteed Irish Logo, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certifications and is established over 19 years. We have developed an eco-friendly computer (iameco) for which we hope to achieve the world’s first European Eco Label shortly.

Ministry of the Environment Japan, Office Waste Disposal Management, Department of Waste Management and Recycling
Tokyo, Japan

Office of Waste Disposal Management, Waste Management and Recycling Department, Ministry of the Environment works for international programmes on the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes including E-waste. In particular we work for the Basel Convention and its relevant programmes, such as the Asian E-waste project and the Asian Network for Prevention of Illegal Transboundary Movement of Hazardous wastes. We hope to further work on the E-waste issues with international organizations, such as the StEP Initiative and the Basel Convention toward implementation of the environmentally sound management of E-waste at international level.

National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER)
Parkersburg, United States

The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2005 that is dedicated to the development and enhancement of a national infrastructure for the recycling of used electronics in the U.S. through 1) the coordination of initiatives targeting the recycling of used electronics in the United States, 2) participation in pilot projects to advance and encourage electronics recycling, and 3) the development of programs that reduce the burden of government through private management of electronics recycling systems. At the local level, the NCER has spearheaded an electronics recycling initiative in the state of West Virginia, which has increased awareness in the state, prevented hundreds of thousands of pounds of electronics from entering state landfills, and helped spur the local recycling industry.

Microsoft Mobile
Espoo, Finland

Microsoft is founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

The Microsoft Devices Group includes award-winning hardware used by over a billion people around the world, including Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.

Microsoft devices group takes environmental efficiency into account in all stages of product lifecycle. We focus on substance management, energy efficiency, take back and recycling towards . This aims for minimal environmental impact from start to finish, beginning with the extraction of raw materials and ending with recycling, waste treatment, and the reintroduction of recovered materials into the economic system. In order for us to carry out our own responsibilities we need others in the value chain, like consumers and retailers, to commit to responsible recycling of devices. Co-operation is needed to eventually lead to a situation where significant drivers for environmentally optimized product design enabling easier recycling would become commonplace, bringing further benefits for consumers, producers and the environment.
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Philips Consumer Lifestyle Sustainability Center
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Sustainability is an integral part of the way Philips does business. Philips wants to be a company that simplifies solutions for complex issues like sustainable development. To do that, Philips seeks new innovations to improve people’s lives in all of the worlds markets.

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Renewable Recyclers
North Wollongong , Australia

Renewable Recyclers is a social enterprise of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia (PRA) an Australian based not-for-profit organisation established in 1955 to help people with a mental health illness regain their valued place in society. Our goal is to reduce, reuse and recycle e-waste in order to create meaningful employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged Australians. Renewable Recyclers collect, disassemble and recycle what can be reprocessed, and refurbish equipment deemed suitable for reuse - providing low-cost technology to disadvantaged individuals and communities to ensure a digitally inclusive Australia.

Reverse Logistics Group Americas (RLGA), USA
Fremont, United States

Reverse Logistics Group Americas (RLGA) was created to remove the complexity of take-back regulatory compliance over multiple governmental jurisdictions by providing cost-efficient, environmentally sound solutions that meet all legislative obligations and customer requirements. RLGA’s Take-back and Regulatory Compliance System will provide overall management of our customer’s obligations and needs in this area while respecting the environment and fulfilling governmental regulations. At the same time, our system will minimize costs and eliminate the complexity for the manufacturers. The services include, among others, the setup, management and operation of take-back and recycling systems for electronics no longer desired by their owner. Our vision is to provide environmentally and economically sound take-back and regulatory compliance services for electronics manufacturers with obligations in the Americas. The company is located in Fremont, CA.

Secretariat of the Basel Convention
Geneva, Switzerland

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal is the most comprehensive global environmental agreement on hazardous and other wastes. The Convention has 175 Parties and aims to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects resulting from the generation, management, transboundary movements and disposal of hazardous and other wastes. The Basel Convention came into force in 1992. The Secretariat of the Basel Convention is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Sims Recycling Solutions
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Sims Group is one of the World’s largest recyclers. Specialist Sims Mirec operations focus on electrical and electronic equipment and provide a wide range of solutions to ensure that, where suitable, this equipment can be reused or recycled to best effect for both the environment and client. Sims Group offers a comprehensive electronics recycling service that uses a blend of dismantling, dedicated mechanical recovery and innovative technology. Operating from a number of specialist sites across Europe, Sims maximise the recovery of materials from electronic equipment in line with targets from legislation. Where required, Sims can offer a comprehensive refurbishment service that extends the life cycle of products, whilst providing the client with valuable information on their product re-use. Sims Mirec is part of Sims Group’s Recycling Solutions division whose objective is to become the global provider for recycling end of life equipment. It currently has divisions in Europe, North America and Australasia.

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Apia, Samoa

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is the Pacific region’s major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources. It is based in Apia, Samoa, and works with and on behalf of its 25 Member countries and territories to improve the Pacific environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations. Key areas of activity for SPREP include development of a regional EWaste management strategy and action plan, and support and co-ordination of national Ewaste inventories and cleanups.

State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO), Switzerland
Bern, Switzerland

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco) is the Swiss government's department in charge of economic policy. Its development cooperation division is the competence centre for sustainable economic development and the integration of developing and transition countries and their companies into the global economy. Its primary objective is to alleviate poverty through wealth creation.

Sustainability Consortium
Phoenix, United States

Chiho-Tiande (HK) Limited
Hong Kong, China

Chiho-Tiande (HK) Limited, part of Chiho-Tiande Group,  is specialized in dismantling all types of scrap, esp. electrical scrap. All material is dismantled by hand, which means very clean qualities after sorting and minimum losses. After this manual process, we melt aluminium into secondary ingots and make copper wiring out of copper. Other metals, ferrous and plastic materials are sold directly to various industries. Due to the thorough dismantling by hand, we are able to sort precisely in a range of quality grades, even including alloys. As the end-products are so clean and highly upgraded, there is no need for any further processing for re-use. Chiho-Tiande (HK) Limited is currently developing a new site in Yuen Long, Hong Kong for processing electronics as well as traditional scrap.

Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology

The department of Product- and Life-Cycle-Management at the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology, Technical University Braunschweig focusses its research activities on a product- and process-related view on the entire life-cycle. Measures can show a rather strategic character (e.g. in developing a life cycle oriented product strategy), they can cause design changes in products and processes (e.g. product design suitable for assembly or dismantling), they can contain planning and organizational measures (e.g. Supply Chain Management), or they can enable the information- and knowledge exchange between product life cycle phases by IT-linking (e.g. product data management). Research related to e-waste has been part of the activities of the department for over a decade from the point of view of product assessment in the design stage as well as in terms of design, planning and management of processes and systems in the end-of-life phase.

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Umicore Precious Metal Refining, Belgium
Hoboken, Belgium

Umicore is an international speciality materials group. It's business unit Umicore Precious Metals Refining offers eco-efficient recycling services for electronic scrap and other precious metal bearing materials to a global customer base. In its state-of-the-art integrated metals smelter and refinery at Hoboken/Belgium precious metals as well as base and special metals are recovered and brought back to the market as pure metals.

United Nations Environment Programme / Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP/DTIE)
Paris, France

The Division of Technology, Industry and Economics of United Nations Environment Programme encourages decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure environmentally sound management of chemicals, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, enable implementation of conventions and international agreements, and incorporate environmental costs.

United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

United Nations University (UNU)
Tokyo, Japan

United Nations University (UNU), commenced its operation in 1975 as autonomous organ of the UN General Assembly and functions as the UN arm for research, postgraduate training and knowledge dissemination. UNU is a co-founder of StEP. Among other activities UNU works on strategic sustainable development such as sustainable societies, Zero Emissions and IT & environment.

United States Environmental Protection Agency, USA
Washington, United States

Based in Washington, DC, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the United States utilizes regional offices and laboratories across the United States to support its mission to protect human health and the environment.  Because of the growing nature of the problem, proper management of both domestic and international used electronics and e-waste is an important issue for EPA -- and the entire United States government.  In July 2011, the United States released its National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship, which details the federal government’s plan to enhance the management of electronics throughout the product lifecycle.  EPA is focused on incentivizing greener design of electronics, having the federal government lead by example, increasing domestic recycling, and reducing harm from U.S. exports of e-waste to developing countries.  Partnering with international organizations, especially StEP, allows EPA to share ideas and learn from the many experts engaged in addressing the e-waste problem. 

University of Southern Denmark
Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology

The department focuses on technically sound solutions to global social and environmental problems. Our research teams working on ‘Waste & Resource Management’ and ‘Product Assessment and Design’ have ongoing projects on critical resources in waste stream; waste sorting and recycling technologies, resource recovery from electronic waste and design for End-of-Life. We have been working together with private companies, organizations and institutions in various projects that deal with critical resources and rear earth elements, flow mapping and quantification of WEEE, identification of potential automated and sensor-based sorting in WEEE pre-processing.

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University of Limerick, Ireland
Limerick, Ireland

The University of Limerick (UL) was established in 1972 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick and classified as the University of Limerick in 1989. UL is an independent, internationally focussed university with over 10,500 students and 1,200 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. Its mission is to promote and advance learning and knowledge through teaching, research and scholarship in an environment which encourages innovation and upholds the principals of free enquiry and expression. Particular attention is paid to the generation of knowledge which is relevant to the needs of Irelands continuing socio-economic development. The University is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 131 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and working environment.

University of Northampton (UoN), The Centre for Sustainable Wastes Management
Northampton, United Kingdom

The Centre for Sustainable Wastes Management, the University of Northampton (UoN), has an international reputation for sustainable wastes management and is acknowledged as the UK centre of excellence. This reputation has been gained through high quality deliverables working with local, national and international partners. The university worked with the Basel Convention Regional Coordinating Centre for Africa for Training and Technology Transfer, (based at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria) to develop and deliver training to the formal and informal sector e-waste recyclers in Nigeria to build capacity. The training was designed to show ways of getting added value from e-waste without damaging the environment or human health. Learning material was supplied to all representatives of all of these organisations who attended the sessions, and are now able to train others on environmentally sound management of e-waste. We are working with key stakeholders to help build capacity and infrastructure in Africa.

London, United Kingdom

WEEE Help is a small london based not-for-profit organisation offering an independent perspective on the management of WEEE and associated policy issues. The focus is on delivering innovative projects and proposals that seek to turn the e-waste problem into an exciting opportunity, both at a local and international level, through the creation of jobs and an improvement in the lifecycle of electronics, where desirable. The organisation will strive wherever possible to create greater awareness about the interrelated social, economic and environmental system level issues that drive much of the problem today and seek to foster and more circular economy.

Brussels, Belgium

WorldLoop is an international non-profit committed to offsetting the negative impact of ICT4Dev projects in developing countries by acting as a catalyst and a network, supporting environmentally sound e-waste recycling practices in these regions.
WorldLoop raises awareness about the e-waste, sets up and act as a quality label for recycling centres in developing countries and collaborates with stakeholders to support these facilities to become self-sustaining.
By linking together actors involved in e-waste collection, dismantling, recycling, disposal, transport and logistics, while providing support, best practices and oversight to these facilities WorldLoop turns e-waste into sustainable, human and economic resources.

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Enda Europe

Enda Europe is a non-profit association, established in France. It is the representation in Europe of the NGO Enda Third-World, based in Dakar, Senegal since 7972. Enda Europe aims at supporting the action of Enda Third-World against poverty and in favour of the environment. In keeping with these issues, we also develop awareness raising activities in Europe, such as the initiative on digital solidarity practices.

Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)

GeSI is an international strategic partnership of ICT companies and industry associations committed to creating and promoting technologies and practices that foster economic, environmental and social sustainability, and drive economic growth and productivity. Formed in 2001, GeSI fosters global and open cooperation, informs the public of its members’ voluntary actions to improve their sustainability performance, and promotes technologies that foster sustainable development.

Vertmonde cia. Ltd. Vertmonde is an organization dedicated to the design and application of innovative mechanisms to prevent and control pollution, promoting sustainable development and helping improve people’s quality of life. It’s main project is the E-waste recycling program in Ecuador, by setting up the first recycling facility in Quito in the year 2009; where consumer electronics, computing and network equipment, appliances with a specialization in refrigeration equipment, as well as fluorescent lamp, bulbs and batteries are being processed. Every process has been designed to maximize the recovery of materials, emphasizing on an environmental responsible treatment and disposal of hazardous components such as those containing heavy metals, CFC gases, and other toxic substances.

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