Smith & Associates Corporate Sustainability Initiatives Pave

Smith & Associates Corporate Sustainability Initiatives Pave the Way
for a Greener Road Ahead 
Company Celebrates Corporate Sustainability Milestones and Expands
Green Initiatives Globally 
HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 --  Smith & Associates, the
largest independent distributor of electronic components, today
announced major milestones in its corporate sustainability
initiatives and preparations to take these initiatives global. Since
2008, when Smith intensified its commitment to becoming fully
sustainable and carbon-neutral, the company has continued to meet and
exceed major targets in key conservation areas including electricity
use, recycling, waste diversion, water conservation, and
transportation.  
Smith recently hosted its second of a series of Green Bag Lunches
that provide a forum for education, leadership and innovation on
sustainable initiatives to the Houston area. In concert with the U.S.
Government's emphasis on sustainable practices and corporate
responsibility in the electronics and semiconductor industries,
Smith's achievements in corporate sustainability underscore the
company's long-standing commitment to quality, stewardship, and
responsible business practices. Looking towards the coming year,
Smith is expanding its sustainability initiatives to its global
offices for 2013.  
US Government Calls for Corporate Responsibility
 In September 2012,
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the
Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge, with
the goal of advancing the responsible management of used electronics.
This nationwide campaign is an effort to urge companies to improve
environmental stewardship by increasing electronics refurbishing and
recycling practices to develop new industry standards for recycling
and new manufacturing content. This pledge has attracted leaders from
global companies such as Best Buy, LG Electronics, Panasonic,
Samsung, Sharp, Sprint, and Staples. In October, the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) provided new guidelines on how companies are allowed
to promote environmental claims in their marketing materials. The
U.S. government is seeking a new level of responsibility and
commitment to sustainability from corporations, calling on companies
to take real steps in green innovation and environmental
conservation.  
Smith has been consistently ahead of the curve in its corporate
sustainability efforts, making resource and environmental protection
a priority at the highest level. In 2011, Smith was named an
"e-Stewards Enterprise" by the Basel Action Network, which recognized
Smith's contributions to confronting global environmental injustices
and to actively improving the economic inefficiency of toxic wastes,
products, and technologies. Smith recently expanded its asset
disposition service offerings for Smith customers worldwide to
support the data-secure, economically sound, and environmentally
aware repurposing, recycling, and/or destruction of used equipment
and components. Smith also offers "E-Waste Days," which enable
businesses in the Houston area to safely and securely recycle
electronics in an environmentally responsible manner.  
In April 2012, Smith won the City of Houston Award for Excellence in
Environmental Sustainability following outstanding results in
Houston's Green Office Challenge. Smith has further expanded its
corporate sustainability initiative with the formation of an
employee-directed green team called Smith Sustainability Group (SSG).
SSG is tasked with setting Smith's environmental goals, building
green education and awareness for employees and implementing programs
that encourage employees to take sustainable action. As part of this,
SSG developed Smith's Green Lunch Bag Series, available to Smith
employees, which launched in October 2012. The recent flagship event
featured Houston Sustainability Manager Lisa Lin, who spoke on a
variety of topics such as municipal energy efficiency, Houston's
"green teams," and the City's garden initiatives and bike share
programs.  
2012 Milestones
 Additional milestones announced today as part of
Smith's 2012 corporate sustainability success include:  


 
--  38% reduction of energy use since 2008
--  Doubled recycling of waste from an average of 2.21 tons per month in
    2008 to an average of 6.30 tons per month in 2011
--  The establishment of campus-wide recycling stations including a
    recycling bin, waste bin, and bin for paper recycling
--  Increase in average waste diversion to 95%
--  Elimination of paper cups (53,000 paper cups saved annually)
--  Increased use of recycled paper and paper napkins, green cleaning
    products and environmentally friendly pest control services
--  The installation of green gardening systems including rain sensors in
    the sprinkler system and a sprinkler system schedule
--  The achievement of overwhelming company-wide participation in green
    events including an Electronics Recycle Drive, Clothing Drive, Green
    Bag Lunches and Speaking Events

  
"Our mission is to make Smith & Associates the greenest that it can be,
we continue to take steps to change how we think, companywide,"
Matthew Hartzell, Chief Operating Officer of Smith & Associates,
said. "Smith knows that in order to be environmentally responsible,
recycling programs and thoughtful choices need to be made on a global
scale, one office at a time. Our changes in Houston are the first of
many more to come." 
2013 Takes Sustainability Global
 As Smith's Houston headquarters
continues to make strides locally, Smith is furthering its commitment
to sustainability on a global level. The next step in Smith's
greenovation plan is to have its international offices follow suit
with the Houston headquarters, starting with the institution of
recycling programs in every office. With offices worldwide, including
Europe and Asia, Smith intends to build upon its successes locally
and expand its E-Waste Day service programs to every Smith location
in 2013, complying with local green initiatives in every city.  
"To Smith & Associates, the road to truly having a green company is
long but it is well worth the effort," said Matthew Hartzell. "We are
proud of the commitment of our employees as well as the recognition
and support that we have achieved thus far; we look forward to
breaking more records in green in 2013." 
For more information on Smith and Associates' green initiatives, see:
http://www.smithweb.com/en/company/smith-and-the-environment.  
About Smith & Associates 
 Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith &
Associates is a leader in the independent distribution of
semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high-tech
manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and
obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management
solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking
for warranty and repair programs. 
A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 350
people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US $500 million.
Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam are ISO
certified and IDEA compliant. In addition, sales and purchasing
offices are located in Silicon Valley, Barcelona, Guadalajara, New
York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, and Denver. For
more information, see http://www.smithweb.com/ or to reach a Smith
representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1
713.430.3000.  
For more information, contact:  
Mark Bollinger
Smith & Associates
V.P. of Marketing
+1 713.430.3000 
mbollinger@validmgt.com 
Ashley Wilkinson
BOCA Communications 
+ 1 415.738.7718 x4
Ashley@bocacommunications.com 
 
 
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