We would like to introduce to you the new Fair Trade Recycling Ambassador program. The idea of the program is to partner with colleges and universities to provide affordable downstream diligence of reuse and recycling facilities abroad.
The program will provide airfare and introductions to match international students or students who are interested in foreign languages, environmental issues, international affairs with electronics refurbishers abroad. The program has two objectives: to provide comfort for USA exporters who cannot afford professional certification of prospective overseas partners, and to introduce Americans to the “geeks of color”, technicians who have sometimes been mistaken for “primitive recyclers” in the mainstream press.
Student auditors will be provided checklists for environmental due diligence, potential travel reimbursement, and a warm welcome in a foreign country. They can see for themselves the positive aspects of exporting, as well as bringing in new and fresh ideas into the association. Past visits include trips to China, Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, Ghana and Peru.
If your company has prospective overseas partners you’d like to nominate, either for exploring future trade or for verifying relationships you have in place, please consider sponsoring one of WR3A’s “Recycling Ambassadors”.