Utelize, a sustainable mobile device and connectivity management company, have made their entire workforce Climate Positive through their partnership with Play it Green.
In the first three months alone, Utelize’s 20 staff have supported the planting of over 1,000 trees, absorbing more than 80 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere and helping balance the business’ carbon footprint.
On top of improving their own business’ sustainability practices, Utelize are also making an impact and helping to support their customers’ sustainability goals by planting five trees for every smartphone they provide. This will offset the lifetime carbon produced by the device.
Matt Atkinson, Managing Director of Utelize, believes the partnership with Play It Green is a natural fit that will appeal to their existing corporate customers and partners who are looking for more sustainable ways in which to procure and manage mobile devices.
Matt comments, “Utelize’s services are all about simplifying the process of deploying and managing technology for mobile and remote workers in large organisations. We all know that new smartphone production places high demands on our limited natural resources and with 1% of all Carbon Emissions being caused by the use of smartphones around the world, we wanted to do something to try to help.”
“On average, around 80kg of Carbon emissions is produced by the manufacturing process and emissions of a smartphone over a typical 3-year lifespan – so with a mangrove tree absorbing around 12kg of Carbon per year, we’re committing to planting 5 Mangroves for every phone we provide to our customers helping to fully offset the total carbon produced over a typical lifespan.”
Utelize will also review 9 key programme areas in Play It Green’s Net Zero Framework to plan and action improvements within their business and delivery.
The management team and workforce will receive a weekly sustainability tip and relating discount to a product to help drive behaviour change, enhance the culture, and lower their carbon footprint. The weekly correspondence includes sustainability articles to ensure members not only become more climate aware but more aware of the solutions available to make progress in this area.
The Global Head of Business Development at Play it Green, Matt Burton, added, “We are delighted to welcome Utelize to the Play It Green family to help them on their journey to net Zero. It is great to work with a company whose focus and drive towards sustainability is very much at the heart of their business.”
“With both a Climate Positive Workforce and offsetting the products that they manage, Utelize will make a real impact on the world around them and help to show other businesses how easy it can be to be more sustainable”
All the trees planted will be tracked through the Utelize Forest Garden page which you can visit here.