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"B mor" sustainable – Collection event at Chick-fil-A


20181115_075638When it comes to some collection events, it’s okay to call “chicken.” Especially when the majority of devices being harvested are from the Home of The Original Chicken Sandwich.

Chick-fil-A’s culture is based on strong values, many of which align with the sustainable mindset. A good example of this is when they hold collection events at their headquarters in Georgia. Gathering devices from throughout the company’s offices, as well as from their employees’ homes, brings sustainability to life for the entire community.

During their most recent event, Sage was invited to join the 8-10 (not counting the cow) Chick-fil-A employees working the event to process what was collected. Currently, our team is processing the devices which were collected in Georgia, so an exact report is on its way, but we do know that the total weight of devices and peripherals not going to the landfill is 3,000 pounds! Not bad for a day’s haul.

A good reason for the success of this collection event was the involvement of Chick-fil-A corporate offices. As Michael H., an employee of the company, said, “It was not a grassroots effort. There were volunteer employees given time off to help with the event as well as communication and logistic support to make it successful.” This kind of backing makes employees far more engaged. “Most people have the heart to participate with goods that might otherwise be disposed of in a harmful manner.” Added Michael.

20181115_074039Clearly, the employees of this humble empire of poultry have the same attitude about sustainability as their cows do about chicken. A participation spurred on by their employer, no doubt. This kind of willing collaboration also pays dividends for the company, since their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is bolstered by these events.

Of course, this attitude of eager sustainability is not a surprise for us. Chick-fil-A has been our client for going on 2 years now, and in that time, they have been fantastic at handling their IT assets with respect. The result is that they have been able to cash-in some of their credits with us to purchase equipment for their offices. This is a fantastic example of how sustainable handling of electronic devices leads to real-world value for businesses.

At the end of the day, being able to help our customers and their employees make sustainable choices with their IT assets—in both procuring new devices as well as dispositioning retired devices (like with a collection event)—is what makes Sage what it is. We are so proud of our customers because we can see evidence of their sustainability first-hand.