I’m not one to usually pore over CSR reports but this new one from Best Buy has some geeky appeal. Why? Because no matter how much of an Amazon ninja you think you are, chances are that Best Buy has made you part with some of your gadget budget, what with its sales and convenient locations. And yes, I’m speaking from personal experience.
Anyway… Best Buy’s 2010 Sustainability Report, which you can peruse here, has several data points. Here are some of the more interesting stats:
Worldwide, both full and part time.
51.6 pounds per square foot
U.S. store operations CO2 emissions, a 14.8 percent reduction over its 2005 baseline.
140 million pounds
E-waste that Best Buy prevented from ending up in landfills.
Percent of U.S. Best Buy stores built in FY’10 that are LEED certified or are seeking LEED certification.
The increase in retail square footage compared to 2008. Energy consumption, remained flat, however.
The reduction of PVC and plastics in product packaging.
Best Buy’s carbon emissions reduction goal for 2012. Already met.
There’s much more, but you should really have a look at its Energy Star, home energy management and electric scooter sections (starting at p.54) for a taste of what the electronics retailer has in store for green gadget buyers in the near future.