In this industry, a good solution is only as good as the process that drives it. The ISO 9001 Quality Management standard—released by ISO (International Organization for Standardization)—ensures that we think strategically about how we run our business. We use a “Plan, Do, Check, Act” structure to draw insights, reduce waste, and improve our operation. This iterative process helps us to easily adjust to your needs. After all, we’d like to live up to our name. We are continually improving our management process so that we can better augment yours.
Change starts at home, and we’re no different. We wanted to make sure that we’re doing our part to protect and improve the environment, so we’ve implemented ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 14001 to certify our environmental management system. Basically, this means that we pay close attention to reducing the waste products we generate and safely disposing in a way that protects and preserves the environment. If you’re looking to reduce your environmental impact, we’ll be part of the solution.
We work hard to protect the environment, and we also protect our people. Safety concerns exist in every industry, but when it involves the type of electronic waste that we manage on a daily basis—safety prevents disasters. To protect ourselves we’ve implemented a process of continual improvement which includes policy, planning, implementation, operation, regular checkups, and reviews by our management. This cycle allows us to catch unsafe practices early before they become problems, and make proactive changes to the process. This way, we stay healthy and keep doing great work.
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) first formed as a non-profit in 1994. Aiming to promote the information destruction industry and the safe and secure destruction of information, NAID established a strong code of ethics that requires all member companies to deal fairly and honestly with their customers. There are too many organizations that claim to destroy data, but don’t. We see it everyday—they either don’t know how to remove data properly, or they don’t have the procedural checks in place to confirm that the destruction has been done properly. We joined NAID because when we say we’re going to clean and destroy the data on your devices—we actually do it. And we want the entire industry to be just as committed.
Under CERCLA a.k.a Superfund you are responsible for the assets that you transfer to a disposal partner—who you choose to partner with matters. Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) established the R2 certification to differentiate these partner-worthy companies with safe and responsible recycling practices—like Apto—from the pretenders. The R2 certification supports the safe and sustainable reuse and recycling of electronics, and holds us to high standards for facilities security and data sanitization. We proudly meet and exceed these standards to keep the world healthy and you and your data safe.
The e-Stewards certification finds it’s roots in the Basel Convention of 1989. That year a group of like-minded countries came together to stop the global spread of toxic chemicals by signing an agreement that among other things aimed to stop the export of toxic chemicals to countries that didn’t have the facilities to safely deal with them.
In 1997, The Basel Action Network formed to further this mission, and they developed the e-Stewards standard in 2009. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), e-Stewards “advances best management practices and offers a way to assess the environmental, worker health, and security practices of entities managing used electronics.” The e-Stewards certification requires organization to:
e-Stewards companies must be certified every year, so you can rest assured that these companies are current and held regularly accountable for their actions.