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Sustainability - Blink Charging Company

We are on a mission to help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and the harmful emissions they produce.

Blink Charging is committed to sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint of transportation. As a leading provider of EV charging equipment and services, we recognize the vital role that EVs play in the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Our mission is to accelerate EV adoption by providing reliable, affordable, and convenient charging solutions that empower drivers to make the switch to electric. We believe that by making EV charging accessible and convenient, we can help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and the harmful emissions they produce.

In addition to providing EV charging solutions, we also prioritize sustainability in our own operations. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact by minimizing waste, conserving resources, and using sustainable materials whenever possible.

Environmental, Social, & Governance

We have established an Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) Committee to ensure we meet our sustainability goals and promote socially responsible practices within our company. This committee underscores our dedication to sustainability and acknowledges that responsible business conduct is crucial for sustained success. Through the ESG Committee's efforts, we aim to make meaningful contributions to society and the environment while also delivering value to our stakeholders.

We have appointed a Director of Sustainability who plays a crucial role in overseeing and driving our sustainability initiatives. They ensure the integration of sustainable practices into our corporate strategy, identify risk and improvement areas, and implement initiatives in alignment with our ESG goals. Serving as a liaison with the ESG Committee, the Director of Sustainability facilitates communication and reporting on our sustainability progress, steering our organization towards a more sustainable future.

Blink Charging is designing and executing an actionable ESG program that aligns effectively with Blink’s mission and goals. We are dedicated to transparency and accountability, actively working to reduce our carbon footprint, and we have the metrics to demonstrate our progress. As leaders in the industry, we are committed to this endeavor, and we are submitting to an ESG corporate rating to further enhance our performance and propel us towards continuous improvement.

10K link - All SEC Filings :: Blink Charging Co. (BLNK)

ESG Pillars

Environmental

We are committed to implementing sustainable practices across our operations. By prioritizing environmental responsibility, we aim to contribute to a more sustainable future for our planet and society.

Focus: reducing carbon footprint, conserving natural resources, and minimizing waste.

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Social

By prioritizing social responsibility, we aim to create value for our stakeholders while also contributing to a more just and equitable society.

Focus: protecting human rights, promoting DEI, preventing discrimination, ensuring the well-being of our communities, and ethical supply management.

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Governance

We strive for accountability, transparency, and integrity across our operations to build long-term value for stakeholders and foster trust with customers, partners, and the community.

Focus: board oversight & diversity, fair compensation, corruption prevention, and maintenance of ethical standards.

The Environmental, Social and Governance Committee and Director of Sustainability are responsible for the oversight of the Company’s sustainability efforts, including matters pertaining to: (i) Environmental, Social & Governance; (ii) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; and (iii) Corporate Social Responsibility. The ESG Committee is responsible for creating, implementing, and ensuring compliance with the ESG Policy. Additionally, the ESG Committee works with Blink Charging’s executive management to analyze policy effectiveness, identify problems, collect empirical data and produce regular reports on the Company’s sustainability and ESG Policy compliance for the Board of Directors.

The ESG Policy is reviewed and revised, as necessary, by the Committee, at least annually.

Leadership

Environmental, Social & Governance Committee

  • Kristina Peterson, Chair

  • Cedric Richmond, Committee Member

  • Jack Levine, Committee Member

Director of Sustainability

  • Reed S. Fuller, Esq.

Our Sustainable Commitment In Action

We believe that sustainability is more than a buzzword - it's a way of life. We are committed to doing our part to create a cleaner, more sustainable future for generations to come. Here are a few ways we are bringing that commitment to life.

Accessible Charging

We've built one of the world's largest and most dependable EV charging networks, boasting over 85,000 charging ports, including numerous networked stations worldwide. Our extensive network simplifies EV charging, facilitating the transition to electric vehicles and minimizing carbon emissions.

Innovative Solutions

We offer a range of charging solutions, from Level 2 chargers for residential use to DC fast charging stations for commercial and public locations. Our charging equipment is designed to be reliable, efficient, and easy to use, making it more convenient than ever for drivers to charge their EVs.

Purposeful Partnerships

We've forged partnerships with diverse organizations to grow our charging network and advance sustainability. Collaborating with major retailers, hotels, and parking facilities, we've installed charging stations at their sites. Additionally, we've teamed up with municipalities and local governments to drive EV adoption and enhance infrastructure.

Ethical Procurement

We are dedicated to sustainable procurement, sourcing from suppliers who share our values of environmental responsibility, fair labor practices, and ethical conduct. Through our sustainable procurement commitment and Supplier Code of Conduct, we strive to reduce our footprint, support local communities, and foster a sustainable economy.

Recycling Initiatives

We recognize the importance of minimizing electronic waste and ensuring the proper disposal of outdated charging equipment. Our commitment to recycling old EV charging units includes exploring options to safely and ethically recycle electronic devices.

Innovation Research

We are committed to improving EV charging technology and supporting the transition to a more sustainable transportation system. We are constantly exploring new technologies and innovations to make charging faster, more efficient, and more accessible.

Blink Green Team:

We established the Green Team as a way for our employees to give back to the community and support environmentally conscious initiatives. The Green Team has participated in numerous volunteer efforts in and around Miami Beach, such as collecting trash and cleaning up local beaches and waterways. We are leading efforts to expand the Green Team to our other offices in the United States and internationally.


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Blink Charging is committed to promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of our business. We recognize that diversity is essential to creating a culture of innovation, excellence, and openness. We also recognize that equity and inclusion are necessary to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and respected. This includes promoting an environment where employees are encouraged to share their opinions and ideas, and where differences are celebrated as a source of strength.

Through our broader sustainability and ESG efforts, we are taking several steps to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. These steps include providing training and education for all employees on diversity and inclusion topics, and ensuring that all employees are treated fairly, consistently, and provided with equal access to opportunities for advancement. Additionally, we are actively recruiting a diverse workforce, executive management, and Board of Directors.

Blink Charging’s executive management and ESG Committee are responsible for the oversight, monitoring, and regular reporting of the Company’s DEI metrics.


Green Building Certification

Blink proudly celebrated the grand opening of our new LEED Gold-certified 30,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Bowie, Maryland, in March 2024, LEED, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a globally recognized rating system aimed at assessing the environment and health impacts of building construction operations. Our commitment to meeting LEED Gold certification standards underscores Blink’s dedication to leadership in sustainability within the EV industry.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) falls under the broad umbrella of sustainability. CSR is a commitment by businesses to act ethically, contribute to economic development, and improve the quality of life for their employees, local communities, and society as a whole. Many definitions emphasize the delivery of financial, environmental, and social benefits to a broad range of stakeholders, suggesting voluntary actions that go beyond legal requirements. There is significant overlap and interplay between ESG and CSR concepts. Blink Charging has elected to address both ESG and CSR concerns through the oversight of its Environmental, Social and Governance Committee and ESG Policy. All Blink employees undertake anti-bribery and corruption training during induction and through annual updates. Blink's General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions oversees Blink’s ABC program.

Although climate change and environmental concerns continue to receive significant attention, there has been a growing emphasis on addressing social issues, with a particular focus on the well-being of employees and the implementation of effective human capital management policies. We believe CSR is a critical aspect of our overall sustainability and ESG strategy.

Blink Charging’s executive management and ESG Committee are responsible for the oversight, monitoring, and regular reporting of the Company’s CSR metrics. The ESG and Nominating committee is responsible overall for Sustainability, including that of Occupational Health and Safety, cyber security and Anti-bribery & corruption (ABC) practices. The committee is chaired by an executive board member and reports directly to the Board.

Conflict Minerals

Blink UK's Carbon Reduction Plan


Supplier Code of Conduct

Blink Charging has adopted the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code of Conduct. The RBA Code of Conduct (“Code of Conduct”) is applicable to both the Company and our suppliers and mirrors our commitment to ethical business practices, including labor rights, environmental responsibility, health and safety, and ethical sourcing. By implementing this Code of Conduct, we are holding ourselves and our suppliers to the highest standards of accountability and sustainability. We believe that responsible business practices are not only the right thing to do, but also critical to the long-term success and well-being of our Company, our suppliers, and the communities in which we operate. Blink Charging expects its suppliers to be in compliance with the Code of Conduct.

View Supplier Code of Conduct


International Standards and Integrated Management Systems

Blink operates Integrated Management Systems in its UK and Indian operations, with ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety, 9001 Quality Management System, 14001 Environmental Management System certifications, and holds ISO 9001 Quality Management System certification in its Bowie, Md manufacturing facility.

Certifications

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"Our sustainable efforts are not only to protect the earth and its elements but also to protect ourselves."

Reed S. Fuller, Esq.

Director of Sustainability