Sustainability

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28 Dec: How to Recycle (or Trade In) Your Old Tech

Now that the holiday season is over, you might find yourself with tech gadgets you won’t be using anymore. But don’t throw anything out just yet.

Did you know that there are ways to get more out of that old tech and help the environment, too?  

About 50 million tons of e-waste is thrown away each year, but Best Buy makes it easy to give your tech a second life. In fact, we’ve helped our customers recycle more than 2 billion pounds of electronics and appliances since 2009.  

And who knows, maybe the laptop, video games or tablet you don’t need anymore can take on a new form and become fiber-optic cables or even an airplane.

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10 Dec: Best Buy Says ‘We Are Still In’ to Paris Climate Agreement

Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement on Dec. 12, Best Buy has joined with more than 1,600 other organizations to sign onto the We Are Still In” joint statement in support of climate action.

The statement speaks to measures the incoming Biden administration can take, including and beyond re-entry into the Paris Climate Agreement. It emphasizes the need for just and equitable solutions for climate while providing economic recovery. Signatories include cities, universities, businesses, tribal nations and cultural institutions, spanning all 50 states.

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08 Dec: Best Buy Named to CDP’s 2020 Climate A List

Best Buy has been named to CDP’s prestigious Climate A List for the fourth consecutive year, demonstrating our continued leadership in addressing climate change.

The recognition is based on our actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and foster the development of a low-carbon economy. We are one of only five retailers on the list.

“We are a purposeful, values-driven company,” said Hugh Cherne, associate director of sustainability at Best Buy. “Our decade-long CDP engagement has led to a deeper understanding of climate risks and opportunities, and it has reinforced our commitment to safeguard our communities’ well-being.”

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02 Dec: Best Buy Earns Top Retailer on Newsweek Most Responsible Companies List

Best Buy has been named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021, and we’re proud to be the top retailer on the list.

We jumped to No. 22 in the ranking, up from No. 53 last year. We earned a score of 87.3 out of 100, just a few points back from the top score of 93.2.

Being included on the list demonstrates our commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainability. The pandemic has underscored the need to focus on the issues most important to our stakeholders while keeping our customers, employees and customers safe.

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17 Nov: Best Buy Focuses on Clean Energy with New Solar Project

For more than a decade, we’ve been focused on building a more sustainable world for the communities we serve, and today we’re announcing our biggest commitment yet to renewable energy. 

In partnership with U.S. Bank and Longroad Energy, we’re proud to be part of the Little Bear Solar Project in Fresno County, California. It’s set to produce 480,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually for the local power grid, enough to power the equivalent of approximately 715 Best Buy stores.

“Sustainability is at the core of what we do, and we are proud to be making an investment that will have a positive impact on our communities and the environment,” said Tim Dunn, head of environmental sustainability at Best Buy.

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16 Nov: Best Buy Celebrates Decade on Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Best Buy has been named to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 10th consecutive year.

Only five U.S. retailers were included on this year’s index, which identifies leaders in environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index serves as an important bench-marking tool for investors who incorporate sustainability performance into their portfolios. It analyzes a variety of criteria, including carbon reduction, human rights and corporate governance.

Being included on the index reflects our broader approach to corporate responsibility and sustainability.

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13 Nov: Best Buy customers are part of the solution to e-waste

[November 15 is America Recycles Day. At Best Buy, we aim to positively impact the world, enrich people’s lives through technology and contribute to the common good. We demonstrate this through our commitment to communities, people and the environment.]

The laptop, phone or tablet you’re reading this on might become part of an airplane one day — that is, if you recycle it.

At Best Buy, we have helped our customers recycle more than 2 billion pounds of electronics and appliances since 2009, making us the largest retail collector of e-waste in the United States.

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06 Nov: 5 ways Teen Tech Centers help bridge the gap in STEM

We love tech, and we’re committed to sharing that love with teens who might otherwise not have access.

Best Buy first launched Teen Tech Centers in 2012 to help teens from disinvested communities explore technology. Since then, we’ve opened 35 Teen Tech Centers across the country, with plans to expand to more than 100 in the next five years.

These are places where teens can develop critical skills through hands-on activities that explore their interests in programming, filmmaking, music production and design.

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06 Nov: In pandemic, partners help get tech to teens

From access to software to learning the latest tech, Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are helping address the opportunity gap for teens in disinvested communities.

We know we can’t do it alone, so we work with a range of partners across the country — including a number of our vendor partners — to empower youth with the technology and tools they need to thrive now and in the future.  

“What we’re trying to do with our Teen Tech Centers and Career Pathways programs is really to help build brighter futures for teens,” said Andrea Wood, vice president of social impact.

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30 Oct: Minneapolis Teen Uses Power of Music to Encourage Others to Vote

Olivia Pierce is a student who is using her talents to promote change by encouraging people to vote this election season.

Following recent calls for action regarding racial injustice, Olivia — who goes by the stage name Moyana Olivia — wrote a song and created a music video with the help of her peers at a Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Minneapolis.

“This song was written to raise awareness to racial injustice and encourage people to take tangible action against police brutality by voting in the general election of November 2020,” she wrote on Instagram.

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30 Oct: Best Buy Ranks No. 12 on Best ESG Companies List

We take great pride in how we treat our employees, our planet and the communities we serve — and that’s only become more important to us during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s why we’re honored to rank No. 12 on Investor’s Business Daily’s 2020 Best ESG Companies list, which recognizes the top 50 businesses that are “doing well for humankind and the environment, but also doing right for investors.” We’re this year’s top-ranked retailer.  

The pandemic has magnified the importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.

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22 Oct: Teen Tech Center youth design PopSockets for a cause

This summer, 17-year-old Joe Hernandez had an opportunity to design his own PopSockets PopGrip, and make his voice heard at the same time.

Joe’s design, a raised black fist on the background of a Pride flag, represents the importance of looking at activism through the lens of intersectionality — something he learned by having friends in the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities.

“I thought it would be a good idea to try and show that equality is more than just a few steps in one direction,” he said.