By Shiva Nanda, Founder and President
NCS Global provides corporations and government agencies around the world with elite IT asset disposition, data destruction, and lifecycle management services (LMS). As we go about this work, we also deliver on a brand promise of “doing well while doing good.” When clients choose NCS Global, they’re also supporting deep commitments to sustainability, social responsibility, and corporate citizenship.
To document our team’s progress toward meeting these commitments, NCS Global is pleased to present the 2021 edition of our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report.
Let’s take a look at some of the report’s highlights.
Substantially Reducing Waste Generation, Powering Operations via 100% Solar
As of 2019, each person generated about 7.3 k g of e-waste, but only recycled 1.7 kg. E-waste generation is expected to reach 9 kg per person by 2030. In 2021, we recycled over 693,000 kg of e-waste and avoided over 2,700 metric tonnes of Co2 in GHG emissions and 900 metric tonnes of landfill waste.
Through our on-site solar panels, NCS generated 135 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy to power our operations, which is a 4 percent increase from 2020 measures. Our ultimate goal was to use 100 percent green energy by 2025 but in 2021, we achieved this goal four years ahead of schedule.
Reducing Harmful Emissions and Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals
Since our founding in 1994, we’ve searched for ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, landfill waste, and carbon footprint. As part of our mission to leave the environment better than we found it, we’ve developed our zero-landfill recycling process for IT assets. In addition to minimizing harmful CO2, methane, and nitrous oxide emissions, this program helps our clients achieve an approximately 20 to 30 percent reduction in their IT-related costs.
Over the past three years, we’ve had no recorded injuries or exposure to hazardous substances at our facilities. Although we have not had any recent injuries or exposures, we review all related policies and procedures on a regular basis to ensure that we’re maintaining a safe work environment for everyone.
Promoting Diversity & Inclusion, Community Engagement
The COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in youth not being employed, enrolled in school, or participating in job training programs. There was a 31.1 percent increase for young women and a 14 percent increase for young men.
During the summer of 2021, we invited four New Hampshire students to complete an internship with multiple areas of focus, including our Audit, Test, and Out-of-Warranty (OOW) departments. Our interns learned a variety of skills that they can take back to their educational careers, including time management, communication, and teamwork.
As a minority-founded business, NCS Global understands the value that diversity brings to our work. In order to find innovative solutions for our client, we’ve built a team with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. This year, our organization is more diverse than ever in terms of age, race, ethnicity, and gender.
To build more community engagement in an environment impeded by the pandemic, our team also spent an afternoon cleaning up the business park in which our facility is located. We have set even greater goals for 2022, targeting at least 2 community involvement and volunteer events in 2022.
Looking to the Future
As we start 2022, our team has a renewed sense of optimism and purpose. We’re excited to raise the bar on sustainability, equality, and innovation by continuing to emphasize our ESG goals. I am proud to work alongside this team each day as we execute on our plans.
For the full report on NCS Global’s ESG performance for 2021 please click here: Raising the Bar for Sustainability.