We are committed

“We are committed to understanding and reducing our impact on our environment – it is critical to the sustainability of our business. In 2023, with Farnell, Avnet implemented a new ESG data management platform to improve our processes for gathering, analysing and reporting our environmental data to facilitate our ongoing commitments. As an organization, we constantly review our carbon footprint and continue to review ways to reduce our impact on our planet through our operations, and value chain.”
– Stacy Mendez, Director ESG

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Primary energy at our UK headquarters and European distribution centres is electrical1 and is 100% sourced from renewable sources. Now over 96% of our European sites source electricity from renewable sources, with plans in place to increase that across all global sites.2

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Our zero-waste-to-landfill policy at our European distribution centres and UK headquarters means that over 80% of waste is diverted from landfill globally.

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The Greener Path Landfill Diversion Award was awarded to Farnell in April 2024 for the second year demonstrating our ambitious commitment towards waste responsibility and our awareness of how we can seek opportunities to help the planet. Read more

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EV charging

We have recently introduced EV charging points at our UK headquarters and distribution centre, charging up to 80 cars per day, carbon-free! We continue to review options to increase these across our facilities.

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79% of our packaging from our primary warehouses are from recycled materials3 and we are actively working with our supply chain to test new transit boxes, as well as new options for plant-based ESD packaging.

News & Accreditations

EcoVadis Silver Medal

EcoVadis Silver Medal

Avnet group awarded EcoVadis Silver Medal for the second year – a recognition that underscores our commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and solidifies our position as a responsible and sustainable partner in the industry.

Greener Path Landfill Diversion Award

Greener Path Landfill Diversion Award

The Greener Path Landfill Diversion Award was awarded to Farnell in April 2024 for the second year. This award demonstrates our ambitious commitment towards waste responsibility and our awareness of how we seek opportunities to help the planet. Zero waste to landfill was recognized for all three of Farnell’s Leeds locations including Global HQ and two Distribution Centers.



The ISO14001 Environmental Management System  is in place across the business at Head office, European and Singapore Distribution Centres. Remaining Distribution Centres are in progress, whilst our local office sites work to our Avnet environmental management system.

BREEAM certificate

BREEAM certificate

Our new UK-based new Distribution Centre credited by BREEAM; the world's leading science-based suite of validation and certification systems for sustainable built environments.

Global challenges close to home

As a company with global reach and local presence, we are committed to supporting international charitable organisations and initiatives, as well as smaller local charities that make a great impact on local communities.

From supporting global educational projects for children to supporting local beekeepers and protecting the bee population we took steps to drive positive impact.


3Bee develops systems to improve bees' health and to protect the biodiversity. Through their unique technologies, beekeepers can constantly and comprehensively monitor their hives in order to optimise production, save time and treat their bees by preventing problems and diseases.

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Micro:bit Educational Foundation

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to inspire every child to create their best digital future. They are developing hardware and software that inspires young people to get excited about technology and the opportunities it presents for them.
The foundation is creating free, user-friendly educational resources to support teachers in delivering engaging and creative lessons also they are working with like-minded partners to deliver high-impact educational programmes across the globe.

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World Bee Project

The World Bee Project runs beekeeping education and skills trainings for tribal women from rural India, which enables them to establish sustainable livelihoods as beekeepers through the sale of honey and bee products. The women also help to restore biodiversity by planting declining plant species and learning to protect and increase populations of the native honeybee species.

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Farnell has reached a major milestone in fundraising after the latest edition of its annual Golf Day saw more than £200,000 donated to a UK charity across a 20-year period. Sponsors of the Farnell Golf Day included Hammond, EMS Cargo, EDAC, Panduit, Molex, KIVO Freight, Grand Bridges, Harting, Kyocera AVX, Richardson Electrical, Omega, Avnet Abacus, Tektronix, BS Handling and Napier amongst others, with all funds raised going to Epilepsy Research UK.

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Planet Bee Foundation

Planet Bee is dedicated to creating a green-minded generation by teaching about the importance of bees as a pathway to STEM through the power of science and stewardship. We support project Beekeeper’s in need dedicated to beekeepers with a grant to start one or more beehives.

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For every sign-up, we donated 1 EUR. In addition to that, for each order, we did donate 1 or 10 EUR (MOV). The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund supported WHO and partners’ work to ensure all countries were able to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19. This work was guided by the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

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We are proud to support the nearBees organisation and contribute to the preservation of our environment, and local biodiversity in Germany. We not only sponsor bee colonies, but we also offer our customers 100% natural giveaways such as beeswax wrapping paper or beeswax candles.

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Girls Who Code

During the distribution of our Brand Survey we decided to support charities with £5 for each survey submitted. We donated £1315 to ‘Girls Who Code’. Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Girls Who Code is an organisation that values diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential to our mission.

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Plan International

For every sign-up, we donated 1 EUR. In addition to that, for each order, we did donate 1 or 10 EUR (MOV) Plan International is a child-centred organisation that works with all genders to advance children’s rights, we are intentional about prioritising equality for girls through our programmes and advocacy, especially for those who are most vulnerable and at risk of being left behind.

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Save the Children

During the distribution of our Brand Survey we decided to support charities with £5 for each survey submitted. We donated £1400 to 'Save the Children'. Save the Children's work saves and improves children's lives around the world. They work to ensure children have healthcare, food and shelter, as well as learning and child protection services when children need it most.

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During the distribution of our Brand Survey we decided to support charities with £5 for each survey submitted. We donated £780 to DEC Fund. The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas.

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Hearty Foundations

We have been supporting Hearty Foundation in Poland for few years. In the past our customers could receive Xmas postcards designed by children in the care of Foundation. During Big Winter Event in 2021 - We had the pleasure to support with our donation projects that the foundation runs to prevent technological exclusion of young people and prepare them to be able to successfully operate in technology lead markets.

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Saving the Bees

Bees are incredibly important for sustaining our environment, and we are dedicated to supporting organisations that work to preserve them. We collaborate with organizations that not only champion the cause of bee preservation but also actively engage in community welfare initiatives and use technology to contribute to a better tomorrow.

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Environmental, Social
and Governance

At Farnell, we are partnering with stakeholders to drive environmental, social and governance priorities and make a global impact.

Helping Bees,
People and the Planet

Save bees with every Farnell order

Farnell, an Avnet Company

See what we do as part of Avnet Corporation.

“The principles of resiliency and sustainability have been the bedrock of Avnet’s business for 100 years. After the past year’s events — a global pandemic, the consequences of climate change and the urgent need for more diversity and inclusion in business and society — these principles are even more relevant.”
– Phil Gallagher, Avnet CEO

1. Over 76% of our energy at our UK Distribution Centre and Headquarters is electrical energy and from 100% renewable sources.

2. Currently 42% of our global electricity is sourced from renewable sources. We are working though limitations with local resources and continue to improve this at sites globally.

3. Currently data is for EMEA. We are collating globally through distribution centres. Calculated on units used and weight in kilograms.