SLS and Sims Limited – Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility
SLS is a business of Sims Limited. Sims Limited’s Board of Directors and executive leadership team are committed to operating the business in an ethical manner that is consistent with the highest standards of corporate governance.
To view the Sims Sustainability Reporting Suite, or to learn more about our corporate sustainability goals and initiatives, visit the sustainability section of our corporate website, Sims Limited website.
Sims Limited Sustainability Recognition
Recognized as a 2023 Climate Leader by the Financial Times.
Ranked 14th in the 2023 Global 100 list of most sustainable companies, ranked for the 9th time.
Terra Carta Seal for creation of sustainable markets
Received maximum AAA rating
Ranked #6 in Sustainability Magazine Top 100 companies in sustainability
Included in Newsweek’s list of the Most Responsible Companies in America for the third year in a row.
Recognized by CDP for Client Change leadership with score of A-.
Included on the Dow Jones Sustainability (DJSI) Australia index in 2022.
Environmental Sustainability at SLS
Our company’s purpose is to create a world without waste to preserve our planet. Sustainability is a key consideration in all our services and operations. We are committed to operating our Circular Centers with an extremely low carbon footprint. We have established measureable three-year goals to achieve carbon neutrality in our direct operations and 100% renewable energy at all SLS owned Circular Centers by the end of fiscal year 2025.
To achieve this, all areas of our operations are being reassessed. Energy efficiency projects and upgrades are being prioritized and alternative fuels are being explored. We are seeking to maximize emissions savings through reimagining logistics solutions, reducing waste, electrification of equipment and vehicle, use of hydrogen and/or biofuels, staff training and equipment upgrades.
We have moved more than a quarter of our global sites to renewable electricity agreements and are actively working to convert all our Circular Centers to renewable electricity sources. We are pursuing a mixed strategy for supply, including renewable electricity contracts and on-premises renewable options.
SLS Sustainability Goals
SLS has planned emissions reductions pathways with immediate focus areas. Energy efficiency, projects and items with longer lifespans, such as plant electrification and vehicle decarbonization will be pursued first to maximize long-term and emissions savings.
In order to achieve our carbon reduction goals we are re-examining every aspect of what we do and how we do it. You can find out more about our roadmap to carbon neutrality and key initiatives for decarbonization in our Carbon Reduction Goals Overview.
The EcoVadis corporate social responsibility assessment covers the environment, labor and human rights, business ethics and sustainable procurement. SLS’ score of 69/100 places us among the top 5% of over 90,000 companies reviewed by EcoVadis. EcoVadis noted that SLS is particularly strong in areas including our policies and quantitative objectives set on energy consumption & Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs), certifications and reporting matters including Scopes 1 & 2. Within labor and human rights, our goals and progress on achieving diversity, equity & inclusion, monitoring and eliminating child labor, forced labor & human trafficking, and employee health & safety were highlighted. We were also pleased that SLS’ Supplier Code of Conduct and internal whistleblower policies and programs were praised.
What is the EcoVadis Asssessment?
The EcoVadis assessment is an important tool to easily facilitate insights to our sustainability performance and proactively contribute to increasing visibility in technology supply chains. Founded in 2007, EcoVadis is the world’s largest provider of business sustainability ratings and is a vendor partner of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA).
Green Reverse Logistics Award
In February, 2022, Sims Lifecycle Services (SLS) received the Green Reverse Logistics Award from the Reverse Logistics Association (RLA). SLS received this award for the development of our Sustainability Calculator.
The SLS Sustainability Calculator provides clients with transparent sustainability reporting suitable to contribute to corporate carbon accounting. Our robust and up-to-date data sets and transparent calculations provide proof points to withstand internal and external audits.
Developed and released in 2021, SLS’ tool calculates the carbon reduction from reuse, redeployment, and recycling of IT assets. The calculator uses data from units, both whole and components, processed at SLS Circular Centers on behalf of our clients.