e-Stewards processors demonstrate year-round
Seattle, WA. December 13, 2023. e-Stewards® has announced the most recent results of its Performance Verification (PV) Program, a unique feature of e-Stewards certification, which helps ensure its recyclers adhere to global environmental justice principles even when no one is looking. Through this program between 2021 and 2022, 18 different e-Stewards certified recyclers at 22 locations have been “caught doing the right thing” through unannounced inspections and randomly delivered GPS trackers. These two due-diligence methods are integral to the e-Stewards commitment to going beyond the usual audits conducted by independent certification bodies.
“Our e-Stewards processors insisted on the Performance Verification Program to create an additional layer of assurance for their businesses,” said Selena Turnock, e-Stewards Certification Director. “This program distinguishes them from other electronics recyclers, showing that they embody the highest standards of environmental health and safety in all of their processes, every day of the year.”
To be e-Stewards certified, all recyclers agree to two forms of performance verification. First, random, unannounced inspections ensure compliance above and beyond the routine annual audits accomplished by accredited third-party certification bodies. Performance Verification inspections are carried out by qualified consultant auditors employed directly by e-Stewards. Inspectors can arrive at any working hour and can request paperwork, interview employees, and examine loading docks and floor operations. This measure helps confirm that e-Stewards conform to the highest standards even when an audit isn’t on their calendars.
Ten companies successfully fulfilled expectations in their unannounced inspections in 2022: