Kelly Services and Converge Tackle e-Waste

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As part of its corporate social responsibility program, Kelly Services is offering employees the chance to recycle used consumer electronics through its enterprise e-waste system managed by Converge.

IT asset disposition has quickly become a top strategic issue for businesses, especially larger, multinational organizations

Kelly Services, a leader in workforce solutions, is extending its enterprise wide e-waste program to its own employees to safely recycle personal computers and other consumer electronics from their homes.

On May 19, Kelly and Converge will host a “take back” event at Kelly Services’ world headquarters in Troy, Mich., as part of Kelly’s companywide “Recognize” program for sustainable business practices.

“Corporate social responsibility is a core commitment of Kelly Services,” said Nicole VanHaren, manager, desktop management, global infrastructure for Kelly Services. “We currently work with Converge for our enterprise IT asset disposition (ITAD) solutions, and this take-back event is a natural and efficient way to help our employees recycle their used technology.”

According to The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), Americans currently own nearly three billion electronic products. With the rapid pace of new product introductions, more and more devices become obsolete — and in need of safe disposal — every year. As a market leader in business-class ITAD services, Converge safely manages the proper disposition of phased-out IT equipment for many of the leading Fortune 500 companies.

“IT asset disposition has quickly become a top strategic issue for businesses, especially larger, multinational organizations,” said Chris Adam, VP of ITAD services for Converge. “There are the obvious environmental concerns of putting these volatile materials into the waste stream, but there are also serious issues of brand integrity and even legal ramifications that major companies must address. The good news — with customers like Kelly Services as a leading example — is that corporations are making huge strides in proper e-waste management.”

Materials collected during the Kelly take-back event will be handled by Converge, using its best-in-class process for secure, eco-sensitive disposal. Hard drives are wiped to Department of Defense erasure standards and materials properly recycled to industry standards. “The same end-to-end process we use for corporate e-waste will be applied to the materials we collect in the take-back event,” said Ms. VanHaren.

About Kelly Services:
Kelly Services Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA, KELYB) is a leader in providing workforce solutions. Kelly offers a comprehensive array of outsourcing and consulting services, as well as world-class staffing on a temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct-hire basis. Serving clients around the globe, Kelly provides employment to 480,000 employees annually. Revenue in 2009 was $4.3 billion. Visit

About Converge:
Converge is a global supply chain partner for technology-driven companies. The organization’s three business divisions are dedicated to just-in-time distribution of electronic components, comprehensive reverse supply chain solutions and secure IT asset disposition. Founded in 1980, Converge is headquartered in Peabody, Mass., and has offices in Columbus, Ohio; Irvine, Calif.; Singapore; and Amsterdam, along with support centers throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. For more information, visit


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