Sponsors & Organisers

SWICO Recycling is a neutral, non-profit commission of the Swiss Economic Association for Information, Communications and Organisational Technology. It disposes of used electrical and electronic equipment from informatics, consumer electronics, offices, telecommunications, the graphics industry, and measuring and medical technology.
The collective recycling system applies to the territory of Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, and allows for used products and accessories to be handed in free of charge. A comprehensive list of the products that can be handed in can be found at www.swicorecycling.ch. On one side, some 600 manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment, from home and abroad, have signed up to the SWICO Recycling Convention and are part of the recycling system. On the other, the system boasts approximately 550 public collection points. Key partners also include the seven now-qualified recycling and disposal contract partners that remove pollutants from the used equipment and reclaim the remaining reusable materials.
For more information, please visit www.swicorecycling.ch

Philips Consumer Lifestyle Sustainability Center

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Sustainability is an integral part of the way Philips does business. Philips wants to be a global leader in health and well-being, becoming the preferred brand in the majority of our chosen markets. We believe Philips is uniquely positioned for growth through its ability to simply make a difference to people’s lives with meaningful, sustainable innovations.

For more information on Philip's sustainability activities, visit www.philips.com.

Umicore is a materials technology group. It focuses on application areas wher it knows its expertiese in materials science, chemistry and metallurgy can make a real difference. Its activiteis are centred on four business areas: Catalysis, Energy Materials, Performance Materials and Recycling. Market-focussed business units provide materials in products essential to everyday life or those at the cutting edge of new technological developments. Umicore generates about 50% of its revenues and spends approximately 90% of its R&D budget in the area of clean technology, such as emission control catalysts, materials for rechargable batteries and photovoltaics, fuel cells and battery and precious metals recycling. Umicore's overriding goal of sustainable value creation is based on this ambition to develop, produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfills its mission: Materials for a better life.
The business unit Umicore Precious Metals Refining offers eco-efficient recycling services for electronic scrap and other precious metal bearing materials to a global customer base. In its state-of-the-art integrated metals smelter and refinery at Hoboken/Belgium precious metals as well as base and special metals are recovered and brought back to the market as pure metals. Alternatively the metals are converted by other Umicore business units to products used in the manufacturing of electronic devices. Umicore's motto 'materials for a better life' is among others put into practice through continued innovation in materials and recycling processes as well as in engagement with other stakeholders to close the loop for electronic devices via organisations such as the StEP Initiative.

For more information, visit www.preciousmetals.umicore.com
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. Nokia takes environmental efficiency into account in all stages of product lifecycle. We focus on substance management, energy efficiency, take back and recycling. This ensures minimal environmental impact from start to finish, beginning with the extraction of raw materials and ending with recycling, waste treatment, and the reintroduction of recovered materials into the economic system. In order for us to carry out our own responsibilities we need others in the value chain, like consumers and retailers, to commit to bring back obsolete mobile devices for reponsible recycling. Such co-operation eventually leads to a situation where significant drivers for environmentally optimized product desing enabling easier recycling would become commonplace, bringing further benefits for consumers, producers and the environment.


For more information, please visit www.nokia.com.


United Nations University (UNU)
contributes — through collaborative research, teach­ing, capacity development and advisory services — to efforts aimed at resolving the pressing global problems of sustainable human security, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. The “Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative” was co-founded by UNU, which is also hosting its Secretariat. UNU and especially its Institute for Sustainability & Peace (ISP) is working to reduce the environmental load of the production, use and disposal of especially but not exclusively, electrical and electronic equipment to sustainable levels through the development and promotion of independent, comprehensive and practical research as a sound basis for policy development and decision making.
For more information, see www.isp.unu.edu

EMPA is the research institute for material science and technology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) domain. It is a pioneer in monitoring and controlling e-waste management systems and setting recycling and disposal standards. Empa's Technology and Society Lab is leading several e-waste related projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It maintains the online e-waste guide (http://www.ewasteguide.info) which is a comprehensive information base on e-waste issues and includes an extensiv bibliography of literature, case studies, audio and video files and related information.

For more information, visit http://www.empa.ch/tsl

Dell is a leading worldwide computer systems company. Dell designs, builds and customizes products and services to satisfy a range of customer requirements, from the server, storage and professional services needs of the largest global corporations, to those of consumers at home. Dell does business directly with customers, one at a time, better than anyone the planet. Dell operates Global Take Back Programmes with third party audited professional recycling partners. A variety programs are available for all customer groups taking back any brand of equipment. Free take-back and recycling programs for any Dell branded products are available for consumers, information available at

Hewlett-Packard creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world. HP is committed to providing customers with inventive, high quality products and services that are environmentally sound and to conduct our operations in an environmentally responsible manner.
For more information, please visit www.hp.com.