Asset Recovery – The process of maximizing the value of unused or end-of-life assets through effective reuse or divestment.

BYOD – Acronym for bring your own device. It is an organizational policy that allows employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets and smartphones) to their workplace. They can use those devices to access privileged company information and applications.

COIT – Acronym for consumerization of IT. It is the rising trend for new information technology to arise first in the consumer market and then emerge into business and government organizations.

COPE –  Acronym for corporate-owned, personally-enabled. COPE is a policy in which an organization provides its employees with mobile devices to access company information and also allows the employees to use them as if they were personally-owned.

Corporate Liable – Means the organization is responsible by law. In contrast to employee liable, the company is responsible for all aspects of the mobile devices it requires its employees to utilize.

CSR – Acronym for corporate social responsibility. This kind of organizational policy serves as a self-regulating instrument where a business monitors and ensures it is compliant with the law, ethical standards and international norms. The goal is to foster responsibility for the company’s actions.

Data Security – Protecting a database from destructive and unwanted actions of unauthorized users.

e-Stewards Certification – A globally recognized organization that certifies electronics recyclers to make it easy for businesses and consumers to identify recyclers that adhere to the highest standards for responsible reuse and recycling of electronic equipment, environmental responsibility and worker protection. e-Stewards is the only certification that strictly prohibits the export of toxic e-waste to developing countries and the use of slave and prison labor. e-Stewards certification is open to electronics recyclers, refurbishes and processors.

e-Waste – Abbreviation for electronic waste. It describes discarded electrical or electronic devices such as mobile phones, computers and TVs.

Electronics Recycling – The recycling of e-waste.

Employee Liable – Means the employee is responsible by law. In the telecom industry, it refers to the employee being responsible for all aspects of their mobile devices.

ISO 14001 Certification – A certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that lays out international rules and guidelines surrounding an effective environmental management system to help organizations minimize how their operations negatively affect the environment, comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements, and continually improve in the above.

Lithium-ion Battery – This is sometimes called a Li-ion battery or LIB. It is a rechargeable battery in which lithium ions move from the anode to the cathode during discharge and back when charging. Most mobile phones have a Lithium-ion battery.

Micro-Shredding – The actual shredding of something, particularly e-waste, into minuscule pieces.

Mobility – In telecommunications terms, it is the ability to move freely with your electronic devices, such as mobile phones and tablets.

OHSAS 18001 Certification – A certification from the Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series (OSHAS) for health and safety management systems. It is intended to help organizations to control occupational health and safety risks.

R2 Certification – The Responsible Recycling (R2) certification is a standard for electronics recyclers that sets requirements for environmental practices, proper e-waste disposal and the reuse of electronic equipment.

SIM – Acronym for subscriber identification module. It is a circuit that is embedded into a removable plastic card that stores the international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) used to authenticate subscribers.

SIM Card – It is a card with an embedded microchip that stores data for cellular telephone subscribers. Such data includes user identity, location and phone number, network authorization data, personal security keys, contact lists and stored text messages.

Telecom – Abbreviation for telecommunication. The electronic transmission of messages or information over a distance.

TEM – Acronym for telecom expense management. It refers to the methodology deployed by an organization to process, pay and audit employee expenses. TEM encompasses the technology, processes, policy and people needed.

Toxic Wasteland – This is an informal term used to describe areas where e-waste has accumulated in mass quantities, making the area hazardous to the environment and health of those residing in the community.

Zero Waste – No trash is sent to landfills or incinerators. Products and materials are reused or recycled.