Q&A with Tech Impact Awards Judges

Sustainability Programme Lead

1. Why did you agree to become a CRN Tech Impact judge?

At Computacenter we have always been committed to our people, #PEOPLEMATTER is one of our core values. With a clear focus on the long-term (another core value) and always striving to improve what we do. To this end we are committed to continue to reduce our environmental footprint, through investments in renewable energy generation and energy efficiency and through sourcing green energy. We have made huge strides over the past 5 years in this area and continue to drive to achieve yet more. I’ve recently changed role in Computacenter and now have a focus on how we work with our customers and partners to achieve a more sustainable environment for all, whether that be the great initiatives our Climate Committee is driving forwards or through the continued focus on local communities and how we can support through shared knowledge and experiences, volunteering or fundraising to ensure we assist where we can in raising the bar for everyone. So timing is everything and you caught this just right.

2. How would you assess the IT channel’s record on environmental and social sustainability overall?

Environmental and social sustainability in the one question! You’re not looking for a quick answer. As the IT Channel as a whole I think we’ve probably been more focussed on the social aspects of sustainability. Our people are what differentiates us and the fundraising and volunteering is something that I think most channel partners do a great job of, even if we often times feel we don’t do enough. How we move beyond that to give our local communities the opportunities to learn new skills and support them coming into the sector possibly needs more work. Many channel partners including ourselves have huge outreach programmes to local schools and universities to share expertise and support raising the bar for everyone. 

3. What’s the most alarming sustainability-related stat you’ve heard recently?

Only today the A68…gone! The A68 is a massive iceberg , which was once the biggest in the world and became a social media star and it’s has melted away. It once covered an area of nearly 6,000 sq km (2,300 sq miles) when it broke away from Antarctica in 2017. The A68 we are more used to is still in-tact (apart from the inevitable roadworks) and takes you from Edinburgh to Darlington through some lovely countryside!

4. What advice would you have for IT providers looking for quick wins on sustainability?

Start somewhere. It can be overwhelming at first, however executing a plan no-matter how small is the first step and build from there so that you can bank the quick wins and spend time to get the bigger wins well thought through and planned. Don’t overlook the pockets of brilliance you may have already going within your business, they are all valid and can be weaved into a more strategic plan as time goes on.

5. Have you or your company’s outlook towards sustainability changed in the last year?

For a long time now we have had a focus on reducing our impact on the environment with our Scope1 and 2 emissions reducing by 44% over the past 5 years, however we are now aligning this further to our long-term goals and purpose to ensure we continue to deliver a Sustainable Business.