Who we are
AfB gGmbH is Europe's largest non-profit IT company. As a refurbisher, we create jobs for people with disabilities by refurbishing and remarketing used IT and mobile devices.
We are experts for IT-Refurbishment
We pick up used IT from companies, which we refurbish for reuse after certified data deletion. That way we extend the product life cycle, conserve natural resources and reduce emissions. Our partners benefit from professional services, key figures for their sustainability report and attractive benefits for their employees.
AfB stands for "Work for people with disabilities"
Inclusion at work is a matter of course for us. For our successful Social & green IT concept we have been awarded, among others, as Europe's Social Firm of the year 2020.
How does IT remarketing work for companies?
Many companies regularly renew their business IT. The notebooks, PCs and smartphones are still functional, but contain sensitive data. AfB offers a certified data destruction process with subsequent high-end refurbishment to ensure that the often high-value devices are not scrapped but can be reused. The used company hardware is registered by us and the contained data is completely and irrevocably destroyed. The devices are then professionally cleaned, upgraded and receive a new operating system (Windows 10).
How is data security guaranteed in transport and logistics?
Data protection begins with the collection. On request, we can provide companies with lockable safety roll containers and specially developed notebook boxes that are compliant with hazardous goods regulations. Using our own fleet of vehicles, our GDPR trained staff collects your hardware and takes it to the nearest AfB branch, where it is recorded and erased in the restricted area with restricted access and video surveillance.
Do companies gain insight into the processing status of the devices?
All companies receive round-the-clock access to our in-house merchandise management system. There you can track the processing status of the devices and automatically receive erasure reports and data destruction certificates.
Where are the erased and refurbished devices sold?
We generate about 85% of our sales in the end customer business. We sell the refurbished computers in our stores and in the AfB online shop mainly to consumers, schools and non-profit organizations. We also offer our partners special on-site sales events.
Can our employees buy refurbished company notebooks?
Your employees can even reserve their own work notebook or business cell phone and purchase it for a low price after data erasure and refurbishment. Advantage: Who would like to use his/her work laptop later privately, deals more carefully with it. Employees of AfB partners receive special conditions when purchasing from AfB.
What added value does IT refurbishment create for man and the environment?
Compared to new production, the retreading of computers saves enormous amounts of resources and significantly reduces CO2 emissions. We have the possibility to calculate precise impact figures for all partners for their corporate and CSR communication. In addition to this ecological aspect, each partner is also committed to social sustainability, as AfB is a recognized inclusion company and creates jobs for people with disabilities.