E-waste partnership between Umicore and WorldLoop wins Belgian Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs Trophy
Tervuren, 17 October: The 3-year old partnership between Umicore and WorldLoop wins the first ever Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs Trophy award.
The jury, comprised of experts from the private and non-profit sectors praised the partnership for its “joint efforts providing local African entrepreneurs with the educational tools and knowledge to set up environmentally sound solutions for e-waste collection and dismantling in Africa.”
Since 2011 WorldLoop has set up cooperations with entrepreneurs in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Senegal, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chile. The centers already collected and dismantled more than 954 ton of e-waste of which are 25 tons of boards have been sent to Umicore’s recycling facility near Antwerp with another 20 tons on the way.
Luc Gellens, Senior VP Recycling at Umicore commented: “We are very pleased with this recognition as our partnership with Worldloop and Close the Gap is perfectly putting into practice our vision on sustainability and contribution to society. It speaks to the hearts and minds of people well beyond the Umicore community.”
Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs (Ondernemer voor Ondernemer) is a Belgian non-profit organization that has been engaging with companies and NGOs committed to sustainable economic growth in developing countries by working in the South in search of local and sustainable initiatives. Through their network in Belgium they look for financial support and expertise to support these initiatives.