Dell Says It Plans to Triple Product Recovery Volume by 2009

Date: April 7, 2006


Dell announced it plans to triple the amount of product recovered from customers by the end of 2009 and released its annual sustainability report outlining current progress and future goals for the company's corporate responsibility efforts.

Other goals detailed in the report include the company's environmental design plans and commitments to workplace standards for the company's global supply chain.

Major goals outlined in the FY06 report include:

  • Introduction of a new supplier audit tool to help ensure good workplace practices throughout the company's supply chain; --Global compliance with the European Union's Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive; --Enhanced product energy efficiency through improvements in product design; and --Tripling the recovery and recycling of retired computers by the end of 2009.

Dell's annual sustainability report for fiscal year 2006, which ended Feb. 3, outlines the company's progress on environmental and social measurements and was issued in conjunction with the Coalition of Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) conference here.

Dell noted that major achievements for the company's recently completed fiscal year include:

  • Launch of the company's first high-volume, RoHS-compliant(a) desktop motherboards. Dell exceeded its goal of shipping three million of these motherboards per quarter by the fourth quarter of 2005.

  • Recovery of 36.1 million kilograms (nearly 40,000 tons) of product for reuse or recycling from customers and company operations. More than half of this total came from customers, increasing Dell's recovery of product from customers by 72 percent over fiscal year 2005 volumes.

  • Completion of Dell's Supplier Self Assessment Questionnaire by 90 percent of targeted suppliers, exceeding the goal of 50 percent of target group completing self assessment.

  • Participation by nearly half of Dell's approximately 60,000 employees worldwide in Global Community Involvement Month benefiting communities in which Dell has a presence around the globe.

"Dell is committed to being an environmentally and socially responsible market leader and our public goals and annual reporting on global progress underscore this focus," said Tod Arbogast of Dell's sustainable business group. "We made significant progress against our goals last year and have identified areas in which we can extend that performance over the coming year."

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