Akamai maximizes the use of its electronic equipment by upgrading systems for reuse, reselling, and finally recycling and disposing of end-of-life equipment.
Target: Process 100% of our electronic waste at e-Stewards certified facilities.
Akamai is committed to addressing the growing worldwide crisis of electronic waste. In addition to our office electronic waste such as laptops, desktops and monitors supporting our employees, Akamai’s global intelligent edge platform consists of hundreds of thousands of servers located in over 130 countries and more than 1,300 networks around the world — a fraction of which are decommissioned annually. Equipment that cannot be repurposed or resold needs to be processed for end-of-life. While there are laws regulating how e-waste is processed, these laws do not completely ensure the socially and environmentally responsible processing of e-waste. To fill this gap, the Basel Action Network (BAN) developed a rigorous voluntary certification program called the e-Stewards Initiative.
As a demonstration of our commitment and leadership in this area, Akamai became an e-Stewards Enterprise, using only e-Stewards-certified facilities wherever possible. These partnerships ensure that our electronic assets are processed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, and that we are recovering their full economic value through resale and recycling.
We have a target to process 100% of our electronic equipment through an e-Stewards facility. In 2017, we achieved a rate of 83% due to continued expansion of our global operations. Where e-Steward certified facilities are not available outside the United States, Akamai ensures that the facilities are ISO 14001 certified and have required local permitting.
We are also committed to addressing the digital divide. Akamai partners with Revivn, a Benefit Corporation, to repurpose our decommissioned corporate IT equipment that still has remaining life, providing it to people who lack computer access.
Akamai is an e-Stewards Enterprise committed to socially and environmentally responsible processing of our electronic waste.