At GameStop, the communities we serve worldwide 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 customers and associates.
It’s our vision to use gaming and pop culture for “The Power of Good” by supporting national and local nonprofit partners that passionately improve youth wellbeing, support military veterans, and promote inclusive and responsible communities through fund raising, ongoing volunteerism and sustainability efforts.
Our global family of brands primarily support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children's Miracle Network, Call of Duty Endowment, and the Starlight Foundation in Australia through various in-store donation campaigns and associate volunteerism. Our global team of 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.
Power to the Planet Sustainability Program
Beyond our giving power, we also concentrate on reducing our impact to the environment through our GameStop Gives Power to the Planet green initiatives.
We have 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 2020 alone, through our U.S. refurbishment center, GameStop refurbished more than 2.7 million pieces of software (CDs) and more than 2 million consumer electronic devices, and recycled more than .5 million pounds of e-waste that could not be refurbished by cleaning, repairing or reselling the refurbished products in our different retail channels.
In addition to our significant refurbishment and recycling efforts, GameStop has also undertaken and intends to continue to implement sustainability strategies that will reduce our carbon footprint. Since 2009, we have partnered with Engie Insight to measure our scope 1 and 2 emissions as well as our waste emissions for our domestic videogame stores and our administrative and logistics facilities. In 2019, our total emissions (MT CO2e) were 71,596 and our emissions intensity (MT CO2e by store) was 8.16. From our baseline year of 2009 to 2019, our total emissions dropped approximately 49% and, more importantly, our emissions intensity dropped more than 40%. While some of the total emissions reduction is due to a fluid real estate portfolio, the emissions intensity reduction has been driven by intentional changes in the GameStop Give’s Power to the Planet energy strategy.
We currently have a manager that serves as a strategic resource for our energy management and emissions reduction initiatives and continue to look for opportunities to further reduce our carbon footprint through both operational reductions and renewable sourcing. Key initiatives include:
- • Managing a store facing sustainability program, GameStop Gives Power to the Planet that has driven significant changes to store consumption behavior and promoted awareness of GameStop’s sustainability goals, in 2019 this program resulted in comparable store energy consumption being reduced by nearly 1M kWh;
- • Engaging with our supplier base on their sustainability programs and collaborating on more sustainable offerings, as well as providing more business opportunities to suppliers with strong environmental performance;
- • Implementing a paper reduction program to reduce unnecessary printing in stores by making materials available digitally (including in store receipts);
- • Retrofitting fluorescent lighting with LEDs in more than 2,100 stores, which has reduced energy consumption in those stores by as much as 30%;
- • Implementing a plastic reduction program aimed at GameStop customers where plastic bags are provided by request only to help eliminate downstream waste;
- • Purchasing Renewable Energy Credits in deregulated markets where such products are available through energy supply contracts.
Energy management and emissions reduction efforts and our green initiatives have yielded significant gains in this area. Our progress to date has given us the confidence to explore the possibility of whether, in line with the global shift to a low carbon economy, GameStop could be a carbon neutral company by the mid-century.
To learn more about GameStop’s corporate giving efforts, please read our Charitable Giving Guidelines.