Call to Action to procurers of ICT: Join us and work together in creating the necessary demand for circular and fair ICT
July 15th, 2021: Today the Circular and Fair ICT Pact and the Global Electronics Council (GEC) purchaser Commitment urgently call upon procurers of ICT to work together in creating the necessary demand for credible, sustainable, circular and fair ICT. Support our joint Call to Action by joining our global efforts. If we work together in a unified movement we can create the necessary demand for positive changes in the ICT industry.
The ICT sector is growing as electronics products and services become part of our everyday lives and become more affordable in developing countries as well. This growth makes the ICT sector a significant contributor (over 2%) to global GHG emissions, and e-waste the fastest growing waste stream in the world, representing 2% of solid waste streams and 70% of all hazardous waste that ends up in landfills.
We need to act now to stop overconsumption of natural resources, generation of e-waste and violation of human and worker rights across the entire ICT value chain. Purchasers are essential in shifting the market towards credible, sustainable, circular and fair ICT. They can help accelerate circular innovation, call for new circular business models, push for the extended lifespan of products and set-up conditions for repair, reuse, and recycling of materials. In addition, they can help ensure fair and safe conditions for workers.
Even with their global market power, individual technology companies cannot make the shift to only offering sustainable, circular and fair ICT products and services by themselves. There needs to be a consistent demand from ICT procurers, which is why the Circular and Fair ICT Pact and the GEC Purchaser Commitment have been launched. Support our joint Call to Action by joining our global efforts and procuring credible, sustainable, circular, and fair technology. If we work together in a unified movement we can create the necessary demand for positive changes in the ICT industry.
Are you interested to learn more about CFIT and what it entails for an organization procuring ICT to join? Contact us for more information or read the text of the ICT Pact under downloads.
*CFIT is an initiative under the UN One Planet Network SPP Programme