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Certificate of impact for AfB Partners

We show our IT partners the concrete ecological and social impact based on their respective numbers of devices and remarketing quota.

Your IT partnership promotes environmental protection and inclusion

The aim of IT refurbishment is to extend the useful life of IT devices, because: studies confirm that the proportional CO2 emissions for the new production of communication electronics are higher than the environmental impact caused by their energy consumption over the entire usage phase. Moreover, no valuable raw materials such as copper, silver, gold, palladium and cobalt have to be additionally mined for remanufacturing. They are even recovered through professional recycling.

Thanks to a life cycle assessment study (2021), AfB is able to evaluate the ecological contribution of its remarketing for each partner company individually as well as in total. The measurement is based on seven device types (laptop, PC, tablet computer, mobile phone, monitor, server, printer), their average production costs and their average useful life extension through refurbishment, compared to the new production of the same amount of IT devices.

What's behind the key figures?

Work for people with disabilities

Your used IT devices help to create and maintain jobs for people with disabilities at AfB.

Saved raw materials

By reusing used IT devices, fewer raw materials are mined for the production of new devices. The globally available metal and mineral reserves (e.g. palladium, iron) vary greatly, which is why the consumption of a metal is set in relation to its availability.

For comparability, all metals and minerals are reported in iron equivalents (kg Fe-eq.) as before. This is based on a life cycle assessment study conducted by TU Berlin in 2013.

Human toxicity

Humans are exposed to a variety of environmental pollutants on a daily basis. Human toxicity measures the effects on or damage to human health. This damage can be caused by substances (e.g., nitrogen oxides) that enter the air, soil, and water. It is reported in 1.4-dichlorobenzene equivalents (t 1.4-DB-eq.) For example, for a smartphone, extending its useful life from 3 to 4.5 years results in a 45% reduction because no new device had to be manufactured for that period.

Primary energy expenditure

Primary energy consumption reflects the demand for primary energy resources (crude oil, hard coal, hydropower, etc.) of a product over its entire life cycle from manufacture to disposal. Primary energies are required to provide the final energy (fuels, electricity, etc.). The indicator is quantified here in the unit kWh. A saving of 1,000 kWh corresponds to one third of the annual electricity demand of a 2-person household in a single-family house.

Water consumption

Water is needed in many processing steps along the life cycle of a product. In many regions, the availability of water is threatened by overuse, among other things. Water resource depletion is quantified here in liters and indicates the amount that has been withdrawn from a catchment area. The AWARE method used is based on quantifying the amount of water left available in an area after the demands of humans and aquatic ecosystems have been met. A saving of 1,000 liters corresponds to 5 filled bathtubs (200 l filling capacity).

Greenhouse gas emissions (climate change)

Greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activities contribute to the warming of the earth's atmosphere and thus to climate change. The Global Warming Potential (GWP) is used as an indicator. For comparability, all greenhouse gas emissions are converted to CO2e. A saving of 1,000 kg CO2e corresponds to a journey of 4,900 km with a medium-class gasoline engine. To absorb 1,000 kg of CO2e, a beech tree must grow for approximately 80 years. Source: Tagesschau 

Water eco-toxicity

Water is a valuable resource for life on the planet, which is endangered by toxic substances, among other things. Freshwater and marine water ecotoxicity (Water ecotoxicity) refers to the effects on freshwater or seawater ecosystems as a result of the emission of toxic substances to air, water and soil. Characterization factors are expressed as 1.4-dichlorobenzene equivalent/kg emission (1.4-DB/kg).

Communicate your commitment effectively in the media

Certificate presented to the State Secretary for the Environment, Dr. Andre Baumann

Certificate presented to the Kultusministerium Baden-Württemberg (Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Baden-Württemberg)

Certificate presented to EDEKA ZENTRALE Stiftung & Co. KG

Frequently asked questions about the new CSR certificate

Why have the environmental impacts been updated in the CSR certificate as of 2021?
How can I get a CSR certificate as an AfB IT partner?
IT devices were collected from AfB at the end of the year. Why are these not shown in the CSR certificate?
What do iron equivalents stand for?
What can I do with the CSR certificate afterwards?

The partnership with AfB - a contribution to seven SDGs

As an IT partner of AfB, you contribute with us to the fulfillment of seven UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed by the United Nations to jointly address societal challenges until 2030.

Through an IT partnership with AfB, you make a valuable contribution to the fulfillment of seven SDGs.

By reusing IT devices, water use and the impact on water ecosystems due to the emission of toxic substances is reduced.

By creating inclusive workplaces, AfB promotes the social and economic inclusion as well as the self-determination of people with disabilities.

Reuse and recycling of IT devices leads to savings in emissions, raw materials and energy and thus contributes to climate protection.

Ensuring equal opportunities is linked to an access to good learning tools. AfB supports educational projects worldwide by providing IT devices.

IT remarketing contributes to the sustainable extraction of raw materials and the reduction of e-waste landfills in the Global South.

AfB helps reduce resource consumption, emissions and e-waste by reusing IT hardware.

The cooperation between AfB and IT partners significantly supports the achievement of social and environmental goals.


Did you know that according to § 118 GWB (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen - Act against Restraints of Competition), public clients can dispense with a call for tenders and directly commission the recognized inclusion company AfB gGmbH? The prerequisite is the employment of at least 30% employees with disabilities. At AfB there are even more than 40%!

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