Arrow Electronics CSR Report: Arrow in the Supply Chain

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Arrow Electronics CSR Report: Arrow in the Supply Chain

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Emphasizing the circular economy, @ArrowGlobal develops DigiTruck, benefitting schoolchildren in Africa
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 1:05pm

In the circular economy, closing the loop means reclaiming the materials from used products so they can be used again in new product manufacturing. With a vision toward closing the loop for electronics, Arrow created its Value Recovery business (AVR) in 2010. Through acquisition and organic growth, AVR now provides the highest standard of environmental stewardship in managing end-of-life electronic assets for customers around the globe, returning more than one hundred million pounds of material to the manufacturing stream.

In partnership with international non-profit Close the Gap, AVR has facilitated the donation of more than 500,000 computers and other devices to schools, clinics and microbusinesses in Africa. Going even further to bridge the digital divide, AVR and Close the Gap have created the DigiTruck – a repurposed, mobile, solar powered cargo container that has been outfitted with AVR computers and deployed to an orphanage in Tanzania. The DigiTruck is an excellent example of upcycling as part of the circular economy.

To continue reading about Arrow Electronics' commitment to closing the loop, please see our 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report.

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