Seattle, WA. August 14, 2019. N.F. Smith & Associates, L.P. announces today that it has earned e-Stewards® Certification in Houston, TX. The e-Stewards Certification is widely recognized as the most rigorous standard for socially and environmentally sound electronics recycling and asset management in the world. Smith has served its community for 35 years in a wide array of industries ranging from consumer electronics to data centers and much more.
“We are excited to welcome N.F. Smith & Associates, L.P. into the e-Stewards family,” said BAN and e-Stewards founder Jim Puckett. “As an e-Stewards Certified Recycler, Smith has chosen to prioritize ethical and responsible recycling and reuse of electronic equipment. Such corporate social responsibility is absolutely necessary to ensure a truly responsible circular economy.”
The e-Stewards Standard is the only electronics recycling certification that adheres to international laws and decisions regarding the shipment of hazardous e-waste to developing countries. It also bars child and coerced labor, assures safe working conditions for laborers, and requires stringent data security measures for chain-of-custody and data destruction.
“One of Smith’s top priorities is to exercise due diligence to safeguard our customers’ and partners’ data responsibly,” said Kirk Wehby, Smith’s Chief Operating Officer. “Earning the e-Stewards certification showcases Smith’s ongoing dedication to reducing the presence of e-waste in the global supply chain. Customers across industries can benefit by working with a supply chain partner that is e-Stewards certified,” continued Wehby. “Smith has verified capabilities and procedures in place to properly dispose of e-waste from projects of any size.”
For more information contact:
Salomé Stähli, e-Stewards Program Manager
+1 (206) 436-8595
Ed Wooten, Director of ITAD at Smith
T: +1 (713) 430-2154 / M: +1 (512) 740-6124
About e-Stewards® Certification
The e-Stewards® Standard and Certification identifies and promotes the most ethical and responsible electronics recyclers and refurbishers around the world. e-Stewards Certified Recyclers agree to operate at the highest level of environmental and social responsibility. They will ensure that all residual private data on electronic waste equipment they receive is destroyed and that they will never export any hazardous electronics to developing countries from developed countries. In addition, the highest levels of worker and community protection must be met. Organizations that are e-Stewards Certified are audited yearly by third-party auditors. Performance is further uniquely verified by unannounced inspections and GPS tracking. The e-Stewards program is supported by a network of e-Stewards Enterprise partners, including major corporations, municipalities, nonprofits, and institutions that commit to making best efforts to use e-Stewards Certified Recyclers. For more information on e-Stewards, visit www.e-stewards.org or call +1 (206) 436-8595.
Founded in 1984, Smith sources, manages, and distributes the electronic components that go into everything from mobile phones and computers to appliances and directional drilling systems. In 16 cities around the world, Smith’s legion of employees communicates in 50 languages and dialects and buys and sells components 24 hours per day, with global annual sales of $1.66 billion. Smith is always moving: helping manufacturers navigate market shifts; customizing supply chain solutions; testing components using cutting-edge technology. The support of Smith’s flexible Intelligent Distribution TM model optimizes customers’ supply chains from beginning to end, including offering customized options for IT asset disposition that deliver maximum ROI, sustainability, and security. Smith’s testing and logistics hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam cover critical areas like quality management, counterfeit prevention, and environmental safety. Smith’s operations, purchasing, and sales worldwide are seamlessly integrated with the company’s global IT infrastructure, offering real-time, global inventory and logistics visibility. Smith is the leading independent distributor of electronic components and ranks number nine among all global distributors. For more information, please visit https://www.smithweb.com or reach out to a Smith representative any time of day at +1 (713) 430-3000.