By  on March 13, 2018

Flextronics is one of the latest companies to join the United Nations Global Compact. The solutions-provider that focuses on the design and building of smart products has underscored its dedication to responsible business practices with the move.“Our sustainability strategy and goals align well with the UNGC values," said Mike McNamara, Flex chief executive officer. “We are committed to supporting the Ten Principles of the UNGC, and recognize the importance of our role in advancing sustainability as responsible corporate and global citizens.”To join the UNGC, Flex is required to meet the ten principles of the UNGC that center on human rights, healthy working environments, eco-friendly business efforts and anticorruption agreements.“It is important to Flex to integrate sustainability throughout our organization,” said Kelly Hampton, vice president of corporate marketing and sustainability at Flex. “We have expanded our sustainability initiatives in line with the United Nations standards, such as our Flex 20 by 2020 program, which has helped us achieve some incredible results. By joining the UNGC, we take our commitment to the next level and reaffirm our promise to responsible corporate governance.”The move is an organic one — Flex has already displayed its commitment to sustainable practices. According to the company, since 2013, the company has recycled 360K tons of waste and approximately 71 percent of waste has been recycled or composted since 2016. Since 2015, 22.7 gigawatt hours of solar energy have been generated. About 2.9 million cubic meters of water have been recycled since 2012, the company reported.Additional UNGC participants include LVMH, Air France, Campbell Soup Company, Kering, Intel, Capgemini, DuPont and Microsoft.As consumers increasingly research the ethos behind brands before finalizing a purchase, joining the ranks of the UNGC confirms loyal following of strict, sustainable guidelines.More from WWD:Retail Marketers Missed $5 Billion in 2917 Due to Outdated TechThe Creep Factor: 75 Percent of Consumers Find Personalization DistressingJewelry Brand Mejuri Takes Millennial Approach to Business for Big Payoffs

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