Microsoft Canada and Computers for Success Canada Launch Initiative to Bring Refurbished Hardware to Under-Served Communities
Microsoft Canada recently announced the CEO Pledge, a joint effort with Computers for Success Canada (CFSC-OPEC), to help bridge the digital skills gap by delivering devices to underserved communities.
the CEO commitment, launched on June 1, is a joint effort by some of Canada’s leading companies to engage their used technology in the program, supporting reuse rather than recycling, Julie Brouard, director of communications for CFSC-OPEP, told the publication .
Organizations that join the initiative will commit their end-of-cycle devices to Computers for Schools Plus (CFS +), a Canadian government program that refurbishes devices for schools, libraries, non-profit organizations, Indigenous communities and eligible low income individuals. Over 1.7 million computers have been distributed under the CFS + program since its inception in 1993.
Twenty-three organizations from across Canada have joined Microsoft under the CEO promise, including Telus, Bell Canada, Rogers, TD Bank Group, Scotiabank and Best Buy.
“The organizations that signed the CEO Pledge are leading by example. Their engagement will improve access to technology for Canadians at risk of digital exclusion while creating a more sustainable future for all, ”said Toby Harper-Merrett, Executive Director, CFSC-OPEC.
Created in 2005, CFSC-OPEC is a non-profit organization formed to support the digital inclusion and economic participation programs of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. CFSC-OPEP’s services include marketing and communications, partnership development, project management and strategic planning.