Sign up for the Fair ICT Awards 2020

Flemish companies, not-for-profit organizations, higher education institutions and local authorities committed to sustainable procurement or management of ICT equipment can register for the Fair ICT Awards until 14 November 2020. 

 
Does your organization integrate sustainability criteria within the specifications for ICT hardware? Has your company purchased refurbished laptops? Are you actively extending the useful life of your ICT by sharing the devices or hiring them out internally? The Awards reward the fair and sustainable use of devices. Not sure if you qualify? Then feel free to register, and we'll let you know as soon as possible.
 
> Sign up for the Fair ICT Awards.
 
Smartphones, tablets, laptops, printers: they have become an integral part of the working environment and are rapidly changing the world. Also, literally: the mining of raw materials for ICT equipment and the phenomenal amounts of waste resulting in a too short life span, weigh heavily on our planet. The figures are staggering: 1.46 billion smartphones were produced worldwide in 2018 alone.
 
The industry is adhering to a linear 'take - make - waste' business model. The average lifespan of a smartphone is 1.5 to 2 years. Ecodesign and modular devices are hard to find in the ICT sector. According to Global E-Waste Monitor, every year the weight of 4,500 Eiffel towers of electronic waste ends up in landfills. This figure increases every year. 

Organizations, (educational) institutions, administrations and companies have the power and the keys to correct this imbalance. By requiring ICT material made in a socially and ecologically responsible manner, we automatically push the producers in the right direction.

 
With the Fair ICT Flanders project, CATAPA, Bond Beter Leefmilieu and Ondernemers voor Ondernemers are focusing on this issue, with the aim of making the ICT purchasing and processing policy in Flanders more sustainable and improving the working and living conditions of affected communities in the mining and ICT production sector in the Global South. In order to highlight good practices, the Fair ICT Awards will be launched this summer.
 
> Sign up for the Fair ICT Awards.

The winners not only receive a well-deserved trophy, but also media attention during the Fair ICT Awards ceremony. Moreover, they can proudly place the label 'Winner Fair ICT Awards 2020' on their website and enjoy various opportunities for publicity within Fair ICT Flanders.
 
The deadline for submission is 14 November 2020. The nominees will be announced on 30 November to present the winner to the general public at the award ceremony on 15 December. Be sure to read the regulations before you participate, which you can find on fairictflanders.be/fairictawards.