A SocialBox.Biz blog post update by Alex 12 May 2020
Speaking at CBI working group on helping families in hardship via WebEx about what they can do to make a difference in the age of coronavirus and beyond, SocialBox.Biz is gearing up for even bigger laptop handover milestone to date. Working to help refugees, homeless, and elderly people, those hit hardest by COVID-19, SocialBox.Biz has been a beacon of hope for families and individuals in the most vulnerable positions today.
Helping to support digital inclusion as people request access to the internet for connecting with friends, doctors, and jobs, SocialBox.Biz is encouraging businesses and IT departments everywhere to consider the benefits of rehoming their laptops and their no longer needed old but still useful tech.
CBI has website pages up and running for each of the challenge groups amid the pandemic, featuring SocialBox.Biz Laptops for Vulnerable initiative to emphasize how businesses can help those who are being digitally excluded.
“Many of our great business clients are already helping people and families in hardship by shifting their procurement and ESG policies towards local social impact which can reduce digital exclusion among the most vulnerable in this country.” said the team at SocialBox.Biz.
As well as partnering charities such as Age UK London, Centrepoint, The Passage, and C4WS the initiative has been backed by a number of business leaders too, including Nigel Wilson, CEO of Legal & General, and Richard Morris, UK CEO of Regus.
Nigel Wilson said:
“I believe that business is more than just profit; it’s also about impact. Therefore, we are thrilled to be doing something meaningful with our old, no-longer-needed, but still useful infrastructure. It’s no secret we have a homeless problem here in Britain today. All we need to do is exhibit some compassion as a society.”
According to Richard Morris: “As a workspace provider driven by tech, we know how integral digital skills are to the way that people live and work.”
At SocialBox.Biz, there are some common themes. For instance, donating locally benefits the community and in addition donating locally reduces Scope 3 Emissions and boosts ESG, all while helping to increase share price of companies who donate.
For longer term goals, they believe that a cross sector shift of 3% – 7% in procurement models towards local social impact for old but still useful tech can reduce digital exclusion by one-third. This is something many of SocialBox.Biz great business clients are already doing and they are inviting additional participation and other sectors to join to make this sustainable.
After years of pursuing their Laptops for the Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative, SocialBox.Biz now has the systems in place to help thousands – if not millions of people – receive laptop donations in accommodation and charity arrangements.
SocialBox.Biz is encouraging all businesses and entities to work together to help society today.
For more information and to participate, contact: Info@SocialBox.Biz