The key organizational units of the StEP Initiative are a Steering Committee, a Secretariat, five Task Forces involving its coordinators, members and observers as well as Regional Focal Points who serve as regional links to StEP activities.
- The Steering Committee, consists of seven members and is responsible for the progress of the StEP initiative.
- The Secretariat acts as the operations, coordination and communication (internal and external) hub. In addition it assists the Task Forces, particularly in stakeholder dialogues, deduction of political recommendations, developments of White and Green Papers, marketing, networking, liasing and fundraising.
- The five Task Forces are devoted to research, analysis and facilitation of pilot-projects in line with StEP’s objectives.
- StEP members actively contribute to at least one of the Task Forces by implementing or participating in projects. Observers are those who only follow the work of the Task Forces without being actively involved.
- The primary purpose of the Regional Focal Points is to serve as a link between the StEP Secretariat and StEP members, activities and issues in their corresponding regions. Additionally, they provide information to the Secretariat and StEP members on activities and relevant e-waste issues in their regions as well as function as primary focal point for StEP members on StEP activities and events.
With the development of five Task Forces, StEP uses an interdisciplinary lens and undertakes a cross-cutting, life cycle approach to the complexities of the e-waste problem. Because political and legislative guidelines and frameworks influence design, re-use and recycling activities, Task Force 1 “Policy and Legislation” acts as a cross-cutting Task Force as its results and pilot-projects directly and indirectly impact Task Forces 2-4, “ReDesign”, “ReUse” and “ReCycle” respectively. Task Force 5 “Capacity Building” also takes on a cross-cutting role by disseminating the results and achievements of the other Task Forces but also by providing a platform to gain from the insights gathered and experiences made by the other Task Forces. In this sense StEP’s inter-Task Force approach and organizational structure aims toward providing solutions to the intricacies along the e-waste spectrum.
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