The Shift helps members to make use of the global framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to map their societal ambitions.
13. Climate action
By signing the COP21 engagement letter, we commit to take voluntary action to reduce environmental and carbon footprints. We implement this by setting targets to reduce our current own GHG emissions and/or energy consumption, while also collaborating in supply chains and at sectorial levels. We agree on the need for inspirational and meaningful global action and aligned messaging. We will act as ambassadors for climate action, focusing on solutions and economic opportunities. We will help raise public awareness. We will actively manage climate risks and incorporate them in decision making — not least to realize growth opportunities. We will take steps to implement effective strategies to strengthen not only our companies’ but also societal resilience.
1. End poverty
Having a quality education will improve chances in the job market, since digital skills are a primary requirement for any job. Therefore, ICT helps reducing poverty.
4. Quality education
We believe that education is one of the main pillars of sustainable development. Our projects are focused on education, and provide primary schools and universities with IT labs in order that students and staff gained access to computers which is an essential requirement for applied sciences education.
8. Decent work and economic growth
Four years ago, Close the Gap launched its spin-off organisation, WorldLoop. Its activities empower local communities to develop environmentally friendly collection and dismantling solutions for end-of-life IT devices which enables local communities to generate self-revenue, build their e-Waste facility and create local green and sustainable jobs.
12. Responsible consumption and production
As a promoter of sustainability and circular economy, four years ago, Close the Gap launched its spin-off organisation, WorldLoop. Its activities empower in developing countries the responsible resource use, reuse and ultimate recycling of ICT equipment, providing a transparent collection and treatment stream of all e-waste fractions. As the fractions are reintroduced for new manufacturing instead of being disposed in landfills or incinerated, fewer new resources are needed .
17. Partnerships for the goals
WorldLoop and Close the Gap have a sound network of partners, ranging from small and medium size local start-ups and NGOs in Africa to major multinational corporations. We are working to bridge the global digital divide, as well as, the cooperation and communication divide in the vast field of international development.
9. Innovation and infrastructure
Launched as a pilot project in 2010, the WEEE Centre was the first e-waste recycling facility in East Africa. The WEEE Centre is involved in the collection, manual dismantling and partially automated processing of end-of life ICT equipment in Kenya. In 2015, the WEEE Centre collected almost 130 tonnes of e-waste. Close the Gap looks for innovative solutions. Our Digitruck for example, a mobile, multifunctional IT lab fit in a 40’ container and powered by solar energy, tries to assure that nobody is left out in our quest for worldwide access to inclusive and equitable education.
5. Gender equality
Giving access to ICT for women empowers them to stand up for their rights and demand equality.
11. Sustainable cities and communities
ICT is key to foster a change in people’s behaviours towards the environment and switch to sustainable cities.