GameStop's family of Associates is committed to giving back in the communities in which we
live, work and play.
At GME, the communities we serve are the backbone of our business. For this reason, we extend support beyond the four walls of our stores to improve the lives of families of our guests and associates.
It’s our vision to use gaming, technology and geek fanaticism for “The Power of Good” by supporting key nonprofit partners that passionately improve youth wellbeing and create inclusive, responsible communities through fund raising, ongoing volunteerism and sustainability efforts.
We primarily support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Autism Speaks, Snowball Express and Ronald McDonald House Charities through various in-store donation campaigns and associate volunteerism. Our family of GameStop associates continue to give back in the communities in which we live, work and play, and we also make sure we take care of our own GameStop family through the Gamer Fund Employee Assistance Program.
Current Sustainability Efforts
Beyond our giving power, we also concentrate on reducing our impact to the environment. GameStop has a very unique and robust refurbishment and recycling program that results in significant amounts of e-waste being kept out of landfills. Through our trade-in program, we take in software (CDs) and electronic devices and accessories that are otherwise destined for landfills and either refurbish or recycle them. In 2016 alone, our 10 Refurbishment Operations Centers (ROCs) around the world refurbished over 8 million pieces of software (CDs) and over 3.7 million consumer electronic devices and accessories, and recycled almost 3 million pounds of e-waste that could not be refurbished by cleaning, repairing or reselling the refurbished products in our different retail channels. This represents a more than 50% increase since we first began tracking this in 2013. We also reduced our carbon footprint 30% in the U.S. by switching to recycled void fill shipping materials in all outbound GameStop and ThinkGeek shipments.
In addition to our significant refurbishment and recycling efforts, GameStop has also undertaken and intends to continue to undertake sustainability efforts that will reduce our carbon footprint. Since 2009, we have partnered with Ecova to measure our scope 1 and 2 emissions for our domestic videogame stores and our administrative and logistics facilities. In 2015, our total emissions (MT CO2e) were 101,236 and our emissions intensity (MT CO2e by store) was 23.48. Since 2011, our total emissions have dropped more than 5% and, more importantly, our emissions intensity has dropped more than 10%. Those drops were largely due to our increased investment in energy efficient equipment and displays in our GameStop branded stores and in our logistics and administrative facilities.
We also recently hired an energy manager to serve as a dedicated resource for our energy management and emissions reduction initiatives. Our expectation is that increased centralization, oversight and administration of our energy management and emissions reduction efforts will yield immediate and longer term gains in this area. Our progress to date in this area has given us the confidence to explore the possibility of whether, in line with the global shift to a low carbon economy, Game Stop could be a carbon neutral company by the mid-century.
To learn more about GameStop’s corporate mission, please read our Charitable Giving Guidelines.