Nearly all of PwC’s 17,680 partners and staff require a laptop to do their daily work. This generates significant potential for electronic waste. To address this responsibly, seven years ago we developed a standardised approach for all of our operations in China and Hong Kong. It entails four key stages:
In September 2015 PwC partnered with social enterprise Netspring to help fund the development of two Green IT classrooms in Nanchong in Sichuan province, China. The initiative involved setting up Green IT Classrooms as well as donating refurbished computers. To continue the impact of this three-year programme, in FY18 we renewed our support for the two Classrooms, replacing the laptops originally donated to each school, which were returned to Netspring for end-of-life recycling.
Overview of the impacts of PwC's Green IT classrooms
|Relevant school||Number of students||Approximate number of IT
|Xin Ci Tang Primary
|2015-2016: 58 students||2015-2016: 4,176 hrs|
|2016-2017: 42 students||2016-2017: 1,512 hrs|
|2017-2018: 40 students||2017-2018: 1,440 hrs|
|Dong Fang Hong
|2015-2016: 74 students||2015-2016: 15,984 hrs|
|2016-2017: 31 students||2016-2017: 2,232 hrs|
|2017-2018: 34 students||2017-2018: 2,448 hrs|
*This was estimated based on the # of children attending the school x # of IT lessons provided during the school year.
These computers are now being used to provide valuable IT skills to underprivileged children in rural China.
"Children are using computers to practice typing, drawing and searching information. This has opened their eyes to the outside world and learning new knowledge"
Director, PwC China
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