We attended our first trade show of the year in January, as diamond sponsor at the Reverse Logistics Association (RLA) Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Later that month RLA members were amongst our guests at the ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of our new Circular Center in La Vergne, Tennessee.
In February we launched our new Sustainability Calculator, fulfilling our ambition to deliver comprehensive reporting quantifying carbon emissions avoided by reusing and recycling IT assets. We were honored to receive the Green Logistics Award from RLA in recognition of our Sustainability Calculator and client reporting.
Commercial representatives attended the Dutch Data Center Association’s Kickstart Europe conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands in March.
In April the Precious Metals team exhibited at Aviation Week’s MRO Americas conference in Dallas, Texas. Across the Atlantic, SLS was a silver sponsor at the Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco. At the end of the month, we committed to our 2025 Sustainability Goals for Sims Lifecycle Services. We are now working towards establishing 100% renewable energy and achieving carbon neutrality at our Circular Centers by the end of FY25.
IAITAM’s Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) took place in May in Las Vegas, Nevada and showcased our interactive touch table display.Sims Lifecycle Services was featured in the Dutch Data Center Association’s 2022 EcoSystem guide released this month.
The Irish Data Center EcoSystem Report was released in June including Sims Lifecycle Services in the ‘Own and Operate’ section. SLS spoke at the RLA’s European Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands and at TechUK’s Tech and Net Zero Conference in London, UK. The Precious Metals team exhibited at NASF’s SURFIN event in Rosemont, Illinois and the International Precious Metals Institute Conference (IPMI) in Orlando, Florida. Meanwhile, our parent company, Sims Limited, appeared on the inaugural list of Climate Leaders in Asia-Pacific published by the Financial Times, Nikkei Asia.
In July we supported Ingka IKEA’s electronics take-back event at their site and August saw us open our second new Circular Center of the year in Atlanta, Georgia. Marketplace visited La Vergne, Tennessee, to film at the HP Inkjet recycling center.
September marks the beginning of the Autumn conference season. First up was the inaugural German Data Center Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Our Precious Metals Group exhibited at the E-Scrap Conference and Trade Show in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Nashville Circular Centers hosted this year’s Women Leading at Sims cohort and we joined the Host in Ireland Partner Gathering at Powerscourt, Ireland. Throughout the year SLS worked on the Circular Electronics Partnership (CEP) report ‘Defining circular electronics and the system needed for change at scale’ which was launched at an online event this month.
October began with the news that we had been awarded Gold status in our EcoVadis Sustainability Assessment. We travelled to Pennstate University to take part in their Center for Supply Chain Research Leaders’ Forum, discussing growth in the Circular Economy. We hosted the RLA Leadership Summit in La Vergne, Tennessee and began to roll out our Care Factor Safety program globally.
During November we joined the DataCenter Dynamics Connect event in Virginia, as part of a Host in Ireland tour, which also included a community day building pollinator-friendly raised planting beds. In the same month we extended our support of the ‘DCs for Bees’ program in Ireland by planting 40 micro-orchards in schools around the country. Sims Limited released a comprehensive suite of sustainability reporting, signed the Action Declaration on Climate Policy Engagement and pledged to achieve gender balance in executive leadership by 2030.
In December Newsweek included Sims Limited in their list of America’s Most Responsible Companies and we were recognized by the CDP as a leader in addressing climate change. SLS moved forward on our 2025 renewable energy goal with progress in India.
To finish up the year we asked our Executive and Commercial leaders to tell us what their highlights were for the year.