Function5 operates under two overarching principles.
The first is “do the right thing”. This maxim guides our decisions in all transactions.
We instill this philosophy in all of our employees. Whether dealing with customers, suppliers, business partners or employees, we first ask, “what is the right thing?” While implementation of this principle can have, and has had short-term cost implications, we believe failing in this directive will have negative long-term implications.
The second principle is a firm belief in and commitment to recycling. This concept is the very heart of what we do.
In an environment already threatened from all sides, including eWaste, we believe one of the highest functions we can fulfill is returning IT assets to their highest best use. Our focus on that premise—putting functional assets back into use—results in tens of thousands of items put back in production as opposed to filling landfills or other wasteful conclusions. However, non-productive items are also returned to their highest best use…shredded, melted and separated into their component elements, ready to be reused in manufacturing.
We believe it is our responsibility to educate companies that the reuse of functional equipment is a powerful element in sustainability. It reduces waste and lowers consumption resources in the continual manufacturing of new equipment embracing the reuse of IT equipment are saving money and extending networking equipment lifecycles. Although manufacturers typically release new products every year or two, IT hardware generally has a much longer productive life.
The two work together. We believe our focus on secondary market hardware, resulting in the highest level of recycling, is “doing the right thing.”