The UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals create the framework for the sustainable development of our society. During the same period as the new goals were being created, a new economy emerged; Circular economy. Both are based on ambitious ideas, goals and efforts from the past, including Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We believe that by combining Circular Economy and Social Responsibility with an economically sustainable business, we can support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

One of the fundamental challenges for our part of the world is our over-consumption. Our historically linear thinking about production, consumption and waste permeates our entire market approach, political system, consumer culture and relationship to natural resources.

Refurb's clear goal is to contribute to a radical change in our consumption. We want to change the view of refurbishment, which is often seen as an alternative to waste, by developing a more sustainable and economically viable business that makes refurbished IT a better alternative than new.

We therefore work purposefully with the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular SDG 8, SDG 12 and SDG 17.

Refurb and Sustainable Development Goal 8

Decent jobs and economic growth is one of the 17 global goals that are part of the development agenda for sustainable development up to 2030. Economic growth is the whole foundation of being a company.
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In addition, we work specific to build a spacious and diverse workplace – we believe this provides added value for everyone. Refurb works with several of the associated sub-goals under SDG 8, in particular sub-goals 8.5 and 8.6. Read below how.

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How we work with the Sustainable Development Goals 8

Sub-goal 8.5: By 2030 achieve full and productive employment and decent work must for all women and men, including for young people and people with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.

A fundamental value of Refurb is to involve those who want and can regardless of background, challenges, gender, age, race, attitudes or whatever contributes to making them the person they are. If the contribution to the business is positive, then there is room. We have thus said that Refurb is for many, but not all.

There is in the company – from the very beginning – a steeled belief in human equality and the right to contribute. We believe that diversity is a bonus for the company, its employees and the world around it.

We do this by:

  • Involve competencies from the edge of the labor market in the form of trainees, apprentices and students, retired and early retirees, immigrants and newcomers, people in flexjob, job clarification, etc.
  • Encourage everyone regardless of background to apply for our positions in job postings.
  • Remunerate equally according to competence, seniority and commitment.
  • Involve employees in the composition of their own job, tasks and conditions.
  • Refurb has a goal that 15% of our positions must be special positions for students, apprentices, employees from the edge of the labor market or with special skills.

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Sub-goal 8.6: By 2030 substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.

At Refurb, we believe in commitment and learning as a social responsibility. We have ongoing interns, students or apprentices in all subject areas, a large part of whom remain in permanent positions after graduation.

The 4 students who have been in the company's sales department have all been hired and today our Operations and Customer Service department is headed by a former student. We believe that by combining responsibility, learning and an environment with professional sparring, we provide co-ownership that creates value for both the young person and the company.

We do this by:

  • Invite students, apprentices and interns into our company whenever possible.
  • Contribute to the education of young people by acting as a case and sparring at educational institutions.
  • Work with the Danish universities on research and education.
  • Be in close dialogue with job centers and municipal partners about the involvement of young people.
  • Refurb has a goal that 15% of our positions must be special positions for students, apprentices, employees from the edge of the labor market or with special skills.
Refurb and Sustainable Development Goal 12

Responsible consumption and production is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are included in the development agenda for sustainable development towards 2030.

Our way of consuming in the West is a fundamental problem. We need to change the way we think and consume. That is why we at Refurb work with a circular economic business model, where the goal is to make recycling a better alternative to new.

Refurb works with several of the associated sub-goals under SDG 12, in particular sub-goals 12.5, 12.6, 12.7 and 12.8. Read below how.

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How we work with the Sustainable Development Goal 12

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Sub-goal 12.5: By 2030, the amount of waste must be significantly reduced through prevention, reduction, recycling and recycling

Although recycling is part of the objective as a sub-goal, we in DK measure the number in tonnes of recycled material. We are fighting for this to be changed so that recycling comes higher on the agenda. Through knowledge of CO2 equivalents, collaboration with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, the University of Southern Denmark and calculations from manufacturers, Refurb can demonstrate considerable emission savings through recycling.

We do this by:

  • Influence politicians and decision makers locally and nationally.
  • Highlight recycling in the waste hierarchy.
  • Participate in public discussions, presentations, cases and hearings.
  • By selling a refurbished product and communicating the environmental impact.
  • In dialogue with companies and public customers.

Sub-objective 12.6: Encourage companies, in particular large and transnational companies, to work sustainably and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle

Refurb offers a service that, in addition to solving some basic challenges for companies relating to data security and logistics, also contributes positively to the company's CSR accounts.

We do this by:

  • Buy used IT for refurbishment
  • Encourage the addition of purchases and sales of used IT in the Annual Accounts CSR section §99a
  • Affect the supply chain with a call for recycling.
  • By selling a refurbished product and communicating the environmental impact.
  • Participate in market dialogue with public customers

Sub-objective 12.7: Promote sustainable public procurement practices in line with national policies and priorities.

Refurb has a strong focus on public procurement and recognizes the effect of public procurement's ability to initiate a transition. Therefore, public customers are both important in relation to the delivery of products for recycling, as well as contributing to a strengthened understanding of sustainable procurement and acceptance of recycling as an alternative to new.

We do this by:

  • Influence politicians and decision makers locally and nationally to change procurement practices.
  • Highlight recycling in the waste hierarchy and TCO calculations.
  • Contribute to TCO tools, weighting methods and calculations for public procurement.
  • Participate in public discussions, presentations, cases and hearings.
  • Act as an expert on hearings, drafting bills, etc.
  • By selling a refurbished product and communicating the environmental impact
  • By contributing to research in collaboration with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, universities and industry organizations.
  • Participate in market dialogue with public customers

Sub-goal 12.8: By 2030, it must be ensured that people everywhere have the relevant information and knowledge about sustainable development and lifestyle in harmony with nature.

Part of the transformation Refurb is working on is to show consumers the consequences of our consumption of electronics on our planet. We do this for both social and environmental reasons, but primarily to break the preconception that recycling is equal to refurbishment. In addition, to change the image that recycling is closer to waste than to the new product.

We do this by:

  • Buy used IT for refurbishment.
  • Encourage the addition of purchases and sales of used IT in the Annual Accounts CSR section §99a
  • Affect the supply chain with a call for refurbishment.
  • By selling a refurbished product and communicating the environmental impact.
  • Participate in market dialogue with public customers.
Refurb and Sustainable Development Goal 17

Partnership for Action is one of 17 global goals that are part of the Sustainable Development Agenda towards 2030.

Our way of consuming in the West is a fundamental problem. We need to change the way we think and consume. That is why we at Refurb work with a circular economic business model, where the goal is to make recycling a better alternative to new.

Refurb works with several of the associated sub-goals under SDG 12, in particular sub-goals 12.5, 12.6, 12.7 and 12.8. Read below how.

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How we work with the 17th Sustainable Development Goal

Sub-objective 17.17: Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

Refurb works to promote circular economy and social responsibility. This applies to all levels of society, from the average consumer to public procurement and research. Through dialogue with the market, participation in research projects and active involvement in public-private partnerships, we try to develop the potential of circular economy in the IT industry.

We do this by:

  • Contribute to PhD dissertations, research and education. Including being project owner of a major research project in connection with a MUDP project under the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Refurb participates in public market dialogues, hearings, provides input to legislation, etc. to promote public-private partnerships.
  • Participates in networks, partnerships and works to promote public-private partnerships through the purchase and sale of recycled IT.
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