Schools, charities and families to benefit as Deloitte donates 5,000 laptops
Deloitte is donating 5,000 of its laptops to UK schools, charities and families. The pledge, announced by Richard Houston, senior partner and chief executive at Deloitte North and South Europe, is in response to the growing digital skills gap and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deloitte is committing that all of the firm’s used laptops will be reconditioned and given a second lease of life. Any devices unfit for future use, will be stripped and the parts will be recycled. Deloitte is working with IT disposal experts OCM to ensure all laptops are confidentially wiped to factory settings, rebuilt and upgraded.
Richard Houston, senior partner and chief executive at Deloitte North and South Europe, said: “Purpose guides our decision-making at Deloitte and during the pandemic our values have never been more important as we remain focused on helping to overcome barriers to education and employment. Our research shows that among those who have an annual household income of less than £13,500, 18% do not own or have access to a desktop or laptop computer. Lockdown has shifted the status of many devices from a nice-to-have to a must-have as education is now predominantly virtual. Digital inclusion has improved in recent years but those without access to the right technology, or skills to use the technology, are struggling.
“There is an urgent need to get computers into homes of children who are currently unable to access online lessons. While 5,000 laptops is a fraction of what’s required, that’s 5,000 additional people getting the critical digital access that they otherwise would not have had.”
Deloitte’s 5 Million Futures programme recently donated £8,000 to each of its 26 partner schools to help with their ongoing COVID-19 requirements. This included the expansion of digital learning, mental health care and food provision. This is in addition to the ongoing tutoring and mentoring the firm provides young people and to the support provided by Deloitte volunteers on governing bodies of schools.
About Teach First – a Deloitte 5 Million Futures partner
Teach First is an education charity with a mission to build a fair education for all. The charity believes that an excellent education is the best pathway to ensure that every young person can fulfil their potential and pursue their ambitions.
By recruiting, training and placing excellent teachers, as well as offering a range of school leadership programmes, the charity supports schools facing the biggest challenges to achieve that goal.
About OCM – IT disposal services acting for Deloitte
OCM, based in Pershore, asset track IT from the point of collection, using security vetted staff and tracked vehicles. Tracking of IT assets continues through the disposal process of data wiping, refurbishment, resale, WEEE recycling and in house scanned device shredding. OCM are a Gold ITAD partnering with Blancco whose data erasure software is certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance.
More information here.
See What Our Customers Say
We have become the first choice IT asset management partner of financial institutions, major retailers, multi-nationals and public sector organisations
“Having worked with OCM for some years, I can confidently state that their approach to customer service is exemplary. Our account manager is always highly responsive, very friendly, and consistently helpful, even if some of our requests are troublesome! OCM are a pleasure to partner with, I would not hesitate to recommend them.”
IT Service Delivery Director
“We use OCM as our recycling partner not just because they are good at recycling our unwanted IT equipment or because they follow good practices and standards to ensure we comply with the regulations. For us we use OCM over other recycling companies because of their commitment to raising money for local and national charities. Since our relationship with OCM began many years ago, we have raised tens of thousands of pounds. Our account manager is a pleasure to work with and he has personally helped to raise thousands for a local charity. As a company and as a collection of people, I would highly recommend working with them.”
Head of Technology Support
“We had limited time and resource to collate all equipment from various floors and OCM managed to sort in type order, identify data items and preparation for collection. Very happy with the asset reporting detail provided and erasure ID information”