In 2013, the company articulated the 2020 Legacy of Good Plan – a comprehensive strategy for bringing this commitment into focus using social and environmental efforts to accelerate successful, sustainable outcomes for its customers that benefit everyone. Dell's focus on the circular economy is a part of this strategy.
In 2015, Dell was honored with the inaugural Accenture Award for Circular Economy Pioneers at the Circular Economy Awards during the World Economic Forum.
Technology has a critical role to play in the shift to a more circular economy and Dell solutions help customers streamline their own processes, automate for efficiency, and analyse systems for improved effect.
Meanwhile, Dell continues to design its products with the whole lifecycle in mind – emphasising reuse, repair and recyclability along with smarter material choices and easy recycling options for customers. Projects like its closed-loop plastics supply chain show how this is leading to a more circular approach.
Dell takes plastics collected through its global takeback efforts, separates them and ships them to its manufacturing partners in China (other materials are similarly recycled and sold on the commodities markets). The plastics get shredded, melted and blended before molding into new parts. Dell was the first to achieve the UL Environment certification for a closed-loop process for a PC and now offers 35 different products made with closed-loop plastics.
Dell recognises the need for all businesses to shift to a more circular approach and believes technology will be a critical tool in that transition.
It will continue to incorporate more circular approaches to the design and deployment of solutions. The company is already looking at ways to expand closed-loop efforts and will continue to source recycled-content and ‘waste’ products as source material for its products and packaging.
Virtualisation services enable greater utilisation of resources while cloud-based technology extends scalable solutions without necessarily adding significant hardware. Meanwhile, Dell is helping to drive better integration within the Internet of Things, helping parse useful data through its hardware and enabling in-depth, system-wide analysis through its software offerings.
Together, these efforts are building on our net positive efforts aimed at showing how technology can provide 10x more social and environmental good than the footprint it leaves behind.