The joint venture between BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions and 3stepIT, has commenced operations in the Netherlands and Belgium, building on its existing European network.

Through the partnership, any mid-market, corporate and public sector organisations in the Netherlands and Belgium will be able to access BNP Paribas 3 Step IT Technology Lifecycle Management solution.

The alliance, which brings together BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions and Finland-based 3stepIT, operates five IT refurbishment centres across the UK, France, Germany, and Italy, with additional coverage in the Nordic region.

Carmen Ene, CEO of BNP Paribas 3 Step IT, explained the significance of the move: “The expansion of the joint venture in the Netherlands and Belgium is a huge step forward in our ambition to lead the market in providing sustainable Technology Lifecycle Management solutions to organisations across Europe.”

Customers can send their redundant IT devices to the centres for refurbishment. In 2019, the centre processed over 500,000 devices, with 98% of end-of-lease devices given a second life.

3StepIT works to reduce e-waste and global emissions by helping businesses to consume technology more sustainably. Championing the circular economy, the alliance facilitates the simplification of the acquisition, management, and refresh of business technology.

Ene continued: “Our partnership uniquely combines the expertise of 3stepIT with the strengths and coverage of the European market leader in leasing. Together we can offer bespoke Technology Lifecycle Management services to customers on a scale that is unrivalled in the market, which means our sustainability impact is also growing exponentially.”

At the core of the service is Asset IQ, an asset management system that provides visibility and control of IT devices, helping businesses achieve their sustainability goals and adopt the principles of the circular economy for IT management.

Peter Pollaert, country sales manager, Belgium at BNP Paribas 3 Step IT, centred on the importance of organisational sustainability: “A growing number of businesses in Belgium understand that the traditional cash model of technology consumption is wasteful, complex and inefficient. We are seeing a shift in understanding that access to right technology is more important than ownership.”

Pollaert concluded: “We are looking forward to working closely with our customers, alongside their chosen technology partners, to deliver an IT management solution that is better for business and better for the planet.”