Microsoft has joined other companies Goodwill Industries, Xerox and Sony America as a founding member of R2 Leaders. R2 Leaders are organizations that encourage use of the R2 Standard and have demonstrated a commitment to the safe, sensible and sustainable repair and recycling of used electronics. Microsoft by joining R2 Leaders have shown their commitment towards safe recycling of electronics by following the requirements relating to environmental, health, safety, and security aspects of electronics reuse and recycling.
The R2 Standard overlaps with a number of existing Microsoft activities and programs. For example, Microsoft already has in place a global network of suppliers responsible for removal, reuse and disposal of retired Microsoft IT assets in compliance with local and national data security and environmental regulations. When selecting IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) suppliers, certifications like R2, e-stewards and ADISA are included in the supplier selection criteria.
Microsoft also operates recycling programs for our products, including Surface, Xbox and Nokia devices. Some of these programs are directly managed by Microsoft and when selecting recycling suppliers, the standards they are certified to all count towards selection of the final supplier. In other parts of the world such as Europe, Microsoft is a member of consortia that operates recycling programs.
Read more at Microsoft Green Blog.