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Giving back to the community is part of VoIP Supply’s mission.

As a B Corporation, we are dedicated to helping the local community and volunteer at one nonprofit a month.

Last month, VoIP Supply worked with Matt Urban Center distributing scarves and hats to needy neighbors (read more details HERE). This time, we joined  200 weekly volunteers at The Teacher’s Desk helping in the warehouse, sorting and packaging goods. Big thanks to The Teacher’s Desk for giving us the chance to give back to the local community!

“It’s better to give than to receive. We are proud to see that our employees shared the same value of volunteering” said Ben Sayer, CEO of VoIP Supply.

The Teacher’s Desk is a store where teachers shop for free books, school supplies, and teaching resources to distribute to students in need. Their vision is to encourage teachers and to provide purpose through volunteerism.

We have more upcoming charity events this year including:

  • Electronics Donation: Donate all electronics/ printer ink and toner cartridges to Camp Good Days
  • Hospice Spring Bouquet sale: Mixed bouquet (9 stem) $8 or a tribute bouquet for $30 (30 stems plus an $8 bouquet goes to a Hospice patient.)
  • Earth Day: we’ll plant another tree and participate in a community Spring clean-up

To learn more about B corporation and our charity events, please follow our blog and Facebook or contact us TODAY at 1-800-398-VoIP or wecare@voipsupply.com!

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 VoIP Supply is proud to help the community.

On January 18th, we joined Matt Urban Hope Center’s MLK service Day, stepping out in the cold to distribute hats, gloves, and scarves to needy families. Thank you to Matt Urban Hope Center for organizing this event and giving us the opportunity to contribute to the community.

As a B corporation committed to being a sustainable business, VoIP Supply is dedicated to giving back to the community in different forms including food donation, cancer awareness support, young professionals career explore, and more.

” We want to use our business as a force for good and spread our influence in the industry to make a difference.” said Ben Sayers, CEO of VoIP Supply.

VoIP Supply has more volunteer pic 2planned charity work to come this year including:

  • Electronics Donation: Donate all electronics/ printer ink and toner cartridges to Camp Good Days
  • Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale: Purchase mixed bouquet for $8 and a tribute bouquet for $30 goes to a Hospice patient
  • Earth Day: Plant another tree and participate in community Spring clean-up

If you are interested in learning more about B corporation and our charity events, please follow us on our Facebook page or contact us at 1-800-398-VoIP or wecare@voipsupply.com.

b the changeAs the first Certified B Corporation (B Corp) in Western New York, VoIP Supply has been devoting their time and money to the local charities at least once a month including the ongoing $1.98 meal donation program: one meal cost donated to Buffalo City Mission with every order placed. (Thanks to our customers being part of our charity effort!)

 

Giving Back Is Part of VoIP Supply’s Mission

Unlike other technology companies, VoIP Supply invests its resources in the local community, redefining what it means to be a successful business. Aside from providing remarkable VoIP solutions and customer services, VoIP Supply also devotes themselves to bounding with the community and making a change in the society. 

“No one is too small to make a difference. We like to give all VoIP Supply employees the opportunity in giving back to the local community.” says Ben Sayers, CEO of VoIP Supply.

 

Putting Words Into Action

In October 2015, VoIP Supply posted employee pictures on Mix96 Facebook page, holding up signs of their “tata” names to support the Breast Cancer Awareness event for Susan G. Komen, who donated $1 per name.

In December 2015, VoIP Supply employees also donated 30 gift tags, total value $900, to the Giving Tree at the Eastern Hills Mall which was sponsored by the Family Help Center helping children in need.

Our charity work never ends and we have many more contributions planned for 2016!

 

2015 Charity Activities 

  • IMG_2292Signature Sponsorship: VoIP Supply was the signature sponsor for the Passage House 25th Anniversary
  • Lunch Serving: Employees volunteered 6 hours serving lunch at Buffalo City Mission
  • Collect Donations: Two employees collected food donations for Food Bank of WNY at the Broadway Market
  • Fill the Backpack: Employee donations to feed kids during the summer 2015
  • Meals on Wheels: Teams of two employees deliver meals to North Buffalo residents in need
  • Pet Supplies Donation: Employees donated pet supplies and discs (to sell) for dogs in Erie County SPCA
  • Smoke Alarm Installation: Three employees installed smoke alarm in houses for Red Cross
  • Food Donation: Through 97Rock, VoIP Supply donated 5 large bags of groceries and 5 turkeys to Food Bank of WNY

2016 Planned Charity Activities

  • MLK Day: Help Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood disperse hats, gloves, and scarves and shovel sidewalks, walkways, and driveways
  • Electronics Donation: Donate all electronics/ printer ink and toner cartridges to Camp Good Days
  • Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale: Purchase mixed bouquet for $8 and a tribute bouquet for $30 goes to a Hospice patient
  • Earth Day: Plant another tree and participate in community Spring clean-up

 

Share Your Thoughts With Us!

Are you interested in giving back to the community? What are your reasons and goals? We will be excited to hear your ideas and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Leave your comments below.

WHAT ARE B CORPS?
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Beneficial Corporations“(B Corps) are corporations certified by the non-profit B Lab with the goal of developing positive impact on society and the environment in addition to the legally defined shareholders.

Seeing B Corporation as our business guideline to make decisions and develop core value and culture,  VoIP Supply has been certified as a B Corp for the second time to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance. 

With seven points higher than the median score in Environment evaluation, VoIP Supply would like to highlight its extensive recycling program, specifically the Reclaim Equipment Buyback Program which not only gives customers more options to buy and sell VoIP equipment, but saves excess VoIP equipment from being wasted.

WHY WE BECAME a B CORP

VoIP Suppy has been offering a tremendous amount of education and real value to customers and helping employees enjoy coming to work in a delightful environment. Becoming a B Corp gives VoIP Supply a clear roadmap to continue doing good business and becoming the company that’s the best for the world.

HOW to BECOME a B CORP

To become a B Corp, a business needs to complete the B Impact Assessment and earn minimum score of 80 out of 200 points. The assessment covers the impact of a business on environment, workers, customers, community and governance.

Based on difficulty and impact, the Improvement Report helps businesses find the areas they want to focus their effort on. Helpful practices to improve B Impact score vary from different businesses including increasing employee satisfaction and engagement, establishing specific social and environmental targets, improving energy efficiency, etc.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

If you are interested in learning more about B corp certification or Reclaim Equipment Buyback Program, please contact us at 1-800-398-VoIP or wecare@voipsupply.com or visit the links below for more information. We would be thrilled to hear from you and be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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We’re proud to announce that we were just named one of Western New York’s (WNY) fastest growing companies in 2014.

VoIP Supply received the Fast Track Award which honors privately held businesses in WNY that have strong sales growth.

This is the second straight year and fourth time in the company’s 12 year history that we’ve earned this distinction.

Fast Track Award for Strong Revenue Growth

Buffalo Business First newspaper held their annual Fast Track Companies award reception on June 25, 2014 where the were revealed.

VoIP Supply, with 7.68% sales revenue growth from 2011 to 2013, ranked 43rd out of 48 long-established companies.

VoIP Supply’s CEO, Ben Sayers, is proud that his company made the list again as a Certified B Corporation that is currently involved in a yearlong volunteer campaign, VoIP Supply’s “Year of Giving,” to give back to the community and help a different charity every month.

VoIP Supply is a sustainable business with the mission to “Do well so that we can do good for others,” says Sayers.

With a focus on conscious capitalism, Sayers says that, “It is our hope that our actions will be an example to other businesses in the area, showing that a company can continue to grow even while putting people ahead of profits.”

VoIP Supply is proud to do everything we can to contribute to a sustainable future.

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Our company has taken initiatives to cut back our carbon footprint by allowing employees to work from home one day a week (or occasionally more), recycle all the shipping material we receive, recycle as much trash and paper as we can separate, host our warehouse as a drop-off site for SunnKing’s E-Scrap 4 Camp, and participate in the Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper Shoreline Sweep every spring/fall to pull pounds of trash out of one of the many waterways in Western New York. We’ve even made B-Corporation company status through our sustainable efforts. Working to create a better tomorrow is the heart of our company, and with that, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite brands who focus on the same causes as us so we can all make a better educated purchasing decision.

ADTRAN

VoIP Supply is proud to offer ADTRAN’s series of devices, including the NetVanta series. Many of the NetVanta switches, routers, IP business gateways and IP telephony systems include eco-sustainable features, primarily Power over Ethernet functionality. PoE is one of the most sustainable approaches one can take towards a greener lifestyle: it contributes to decreased energy consumption and increases your cost savings with lower wattage usage. ADTRAN also works to ship their products in the most eco-friendly packaging possible, they comply to worldwide RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substance) and WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) directives, follow the downstream user obligations under the REACH directive, and attained ISO 14001 certification.

Cisco

Cisco is one of the most well known names in the VoIP industry; their logo was recognizable to me before I even knew what a gateway was. With that kind of industry dominance, Cisco focuses at being a global leader of sustainable efforts. Their commitment to sustainability has been awarded, recognized by top industry magazines, and comply to environmental standards such as ISO 14001, Global Reporting Initiative, and GHG protocol. Since 2006 Cisco has been working to reduce their energy and greenhouse gas production. All previously set goals have since been reached and now they’re working on lowering it further. In order to meet these new goals, they have to design their own products to emit the lowest waste possible, meaning for every Cisco product you buy, you’re doing likewise.

Jabra

As a leading headset manufacturer, Jabra recognizes that they have a certain example to set. Therefore, Jabra complies with REACH and has obtained ISO 14001 certification in the efforts to reduce their inclusion in the amount of technological waste that is growing in our landfills. They aim to use as little material as possible to reduce plastic consumption, use biodegradable material, and move as many headsets with as little fuel usage and packaging as they can.

MOBOTIX

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These unique IP cameras from Germany weren’t originally created to be a green product; they just naturally were. All MOBOTIX cameras are robust, solid, and weatherproof, and more often than not, a MOBOTIX camera will last for up to 9 years or longer. There are no moving parts to wear and tear before the life of the camera gives up. That also accounts for the low wattage the camera uses over Ethernet (PoE). You guessed it: that keeps money in your pocket, energy saved, and electronics out of landfills. Rarely are electronics made to last a decade, but MOBOTIX is.

Netgear Green

NETGEAR

NETGEAR committed itself to the green initiative by creating it’s own level of standards. NETGEAR Green is a verification that the particular product either meets or exceeds
global environment standards. These standards include but are not limited to: RoHS, Energy Star, WEEE, CEC, REACH, and Battery Directive. NETGEAR Green includes a variety of routers, switches (both managed and unmanaged), ProSafe switches, storage devices and Powerline.

Polycom

Much like Cisco, Polycom is too large and influential to let an opportunity like letting a global sustainability initiative pass by. As part of their corporate social responsibility, they launched the Polycom Takeback and Recycle Program and included the ‘Crossed Wheelie Bin Symbol’ on their products to advise customers not to throw Polycom products away in the municipal trash, but to dispose of it as e-waste. With that kind of approach to recycling, it’s probably no surprise to you that they comply to the RoHS, WEEE, and the Battery Directive as well.

Green VIVOTEK

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In an effort to lower CO2 emissions, VIVOTEK turned their attention to the green cause in 2006 when they were certified for ISO 14001 and IECQ HSPM QC 080000. VIVOTEK also complies with RoHS, EUP, and WEEE directives. Green VIVOTEK is directly aimed at proactively reducing the amount of hazardous materials used in production, storage management, and degradable package consideration. Best part: Green VIVOTEK isn’t just a line; like Cisco and Polycom, they apply these standards to all their products.

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VoIP Supply Refresh

Yup, a shameless plug, but I come by it honestly. At VoIP Supply we’ve been taking gently used VoIP equipment and tested it, vigorously cleaned it, and repackaged it to provide a lower cost alternative to brand name products. Our Refresh line has saved thousands of perfectly good—albeit old—phones, cameras, switches, gateways, and TDM cards from going in the trash and made several people who are more concerned about cost than age very happy. It’s a great department within our company and we all get that warm fuzzy feeling when we watch those hundreds of devices move through our warehouse instead of going in the trash…well, instead of going in the E-Scrap for Camp bin; at VoIP Supply the only thing we tend to throw away are leftovers and Kleenex’s (the business park was against a composite bin).

I hope this blog post helps you look into outfitting your office with equipment you can feel good about.  If you’re looking for a new phone system, consider powering it over the Ethernet as an eco-friendly, cost saving, and future proof method. Call the experts at VoIP Supply at 1.800.398.8647 to help get started on your Green office today!

For more information on the sustainability efforts of these and other IP companies, see the links below.

Adtran Sustainability
AudioCodes Quality, Safety and Environment
AVerGreen
Cisco Environment
ClearOne Green Initiative
Jabra CSR and Environment
Konftel Environmental Policy
Logitech Social and Environmental Responsibility
Panasonic Environment
Patton Environment
Polycom Recycle Program
ZTE Environmental Protection