Philips is a member of the Solving the E-Waste Problem (STEP) initiative, which is a UN supported global public-private initiative. STEP charter members include Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Dell, Ericsson, and Cisco Systems, along with governmental, NGO and academic institutions, as well as recycling and refurbishing companies.
The primary goals of this initiative are to standardize recycling processes globally to harvest valuable components in electrical and electronic scrap (e-scrap), extend the life of products and markets for their reuse, and harmonize world legislative and policy approaches to e-scrap.
To learn more about STEP please visit http://www.step-initiative.org/
An example of how the STEP initiative works in practice is our cooperation with other electronics companies in Africa. Since 2011, Philips has worked with HP, Nokia, Dell and Reclaimed Appliances in the e-waste solutions alliance for Africa. The Alliance is working together with several African governments on the set up of regional and national e-waste legislation. The goal of the Alliance is to facilitate the development of practical solutions for e-waste management in Africa resulting in sustainable solutions for the collection, recovery and recycling of waste from electrical and electronic equipment.