|Greenlights||88% Renewable Energy|
98% Conflict-Free Minerals
Supports the Paris Agreement
Supports 1.5°C goal
OHSAS 18001 certification since 2004
ISO 45001 certification since 2020
|Notable Achievement||Carbon Transparent Product Label|
For a company with such a large reputation in the computing industry it’s only recently become public the level of commitment Logitech has to sustainability. Named “The Most Sustainable Company in Consumer Technology” by the World Finance Awards in 2019, Logitech is at the forefront of the green gaming field. As one of the biggest peripheral manufacturers in the world they recognize the need for change on a large scale and have taken on the challenge to reduce their environmental impact through a multi-faceted approach, with programs designed around five main projects: Climate Action, Responsible Manufacturing, Carbon Transparency, Design for Sustainability, and End-of-life recycling.
Logitech’s climate action efforts are centered around the goal to Reduce, Renew, and Restore. The aim is to reduce the company’s carbon footprint in support of the 1.5° C goal to reduce global warming, renew by using 100% renewable electricity, and to restore through investments in forestry while supporting communities impacted by climate change. Currently 88% of their total electricity is sourced from renewable energy with a target of 100% by 2030. All of their direct suppliers are engaged in a Conflict Minerals Management Program, and 98% of their smelters are certified conflict-free. Plus the Logitech manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China is a certified Carbon Neutral building through the purchase of renewable electricity and carbon offsets, reducing 17,000 tons of carbon each year.
When designing production improvements on such a large scale seemingly small changes can have big impacts. One key factor in improving production methods for Logitech was to introduce automation and robotic technology at their production facilities. This was done to create a more efficient and sustainable production line while allowing for real-time adjustments. Another area of note is the limited waste created. Recovery options are used whenever possible and all waste levels are monitored, reviewed and subject to internal reporting and review. All waste streams are tracked and the company has even gone so far as to visit recycling and disposal sites to verify that end-of-life treatment has met the necessary standards.
The changes haven’t stopped at the manufacturer however but instead have continued to store shelves with Logitech being the first tech company to begin labeling its products with it’s total carbon footprint. The information displayed takes into account all aspects in the item’s creation from the weight of the plastics to the size of the circuit boards. This change will be on all products by 2025 and has already begun with their gaming mice, headsets, and keyboards. The package label will include the kilograms of carbon that went into making that product and verify that the item is Carbon Neutral based on offsets confirmed by an independent verifier.
This change is designed in an attempt to present consumers with an environmental impact similar to the Nutritional Facts found in your grocery store. The diagram isn’t exclusive to Logitech as the company has offered to share it’s design freely and is willing to adopt a different logo if a new industry standard forms. “Carbon is the most well-defined factor that attributes to climate change. We’ve gotten rid of a lot of metallics in our products over the years but if you project out into the future, the single biggest thing we’re trying to influence is climate change, and it’s directly measurable and quantifiable with the carbon methodology,” Prakash Arunkundrum, Head of Global Operations and Sustainability said.
Designed for Sustainability
Logitech’s gaming portfolio is known for creating numerous PC and console products including mice, keyboards, mouse pads, controllers, and VR/AR headsets. Being able to make their entire gaming product roster carbon neutral is a source of pride for the organization as they felt it was important for the company to begin there. Arunkundrum said “Gamers are passionate folks and we wanted to actually start with the portfolio and wanted to start with something where the consumer is very engaged and understands what you’re doing and builds on the foundation of who we are. Gaming came from that place of birth and that’s the reason we started with gaming.”
All aspects of products were reviewed and improved upon such as reducing the plastic package weight of their pro gaming headset by 93% or by moving to FSC certified paper and vegetable-based inks. Others were more difficult and challenged developers to find new ways to design their products to meet the high level of expectation. At the heart of this was the company’s “Design for Sustainability” road map which consists of three focus points:
- Ecodesign: Impact reduction through the design of lighter, more efficient products and packaging that uses lower impact materials and that require less energy to source, manufacture, distribute and use
- Circular: design focused on ensuring that products are able to last as long as possible optimizing for longevity, repairability, reuse, and eventually recycling at the end of life
- Social Design: considers the positive social impact of products to empower positive changes.
Over 45 million tons of e-waste is created each year with the number projected to increase to 54 million by 2025. While e-recycling rates continue to be low, around 20% worldwide, Logitech has taken steps to empower consumers to create change in their local area. By recycling e-waste precious virgin resources can be saved and materials can be reused. Logitech has been able to help recycle over 30,000 tons of electrical devices, 16,000 tons of packaging, and 2,500 tons of batteries since 2010. The company continues to monitor evolving recycling laws across the globe and provides consumers with resources on their website to help them be better informed with what steps they can do.
Front to back Logitech has shown a level of commitment to Green Gaming that all other organizations should aspire to. It’s critical that companies continue to take bold steps forward to combat climate change on a larger scale while also helping spread awareness and provide opportunities for individuals to make changes in their own lives.
For more reading on Logitech and to see the sources we used for this greenlight, check out the links below:
- Fast Company, The tech industry is terrible for the environment. These new carbon labels make it more transparent
- Logitech, Sustainability Report FY20
- Natural Capital Partners, In conversation with Prakash Arunkundrum at Logitech