Lenovo teams up with United Way in Europe to support life skills and education for young and vulnerable people

PARIS – March 17, 2015 – Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced a new corporate responsibility collaboration with United Way, the world’s largest privately-supported nonprofit organisation, to improve lives with technology. Lenovo will provide $100K of resources and computer equipment to a variety of education projects in France, Israel, Romania and UK. Together Lenovo and United Way will support children as well as young and vulnerable people develop the life skills that will help them succeed.
“By teaming up with United Way as well as employers and education, we hope to make technology accessible to those children, families and individuals who may not have had the chance to experience it before and ensure improved access to education for them,” said Aymar de Lencquesaing, president, Lenovo EMEA and senior vice president of Lenovo.  “At Lenovo we are consistently working to improve not only our performance and the quality of our products, but also how we conduct our business, how we treat our people and the various communities we serve. The United Way activities we are supporting are just one of the ways we are honouring our commitment to corporate citizenship and ensuring a better future for the global communities in which we live and operate.”
Established more than 125 years ago, United Way creates opportunities for communities around the world by improving education, financial stability and health. In today’s technology reliant workforce, access and opportunities to use technology are critical to improving future chances. 
“United Way is proud to have Lenovo as a valued technology partner,” said Benedicte de Saint-Pierre, vice president, Europe & Middle East, United Way Worldwide. “This collaboration will foster safer, healthier communities with a skilled workforce that contributes to the local economies and a younger generation that’s educated and equipped for the opportunities of tomorrow.”
The Lenovo supported programs include, but are not limited to:
  • Helping parents and children acquire new computer skills and reduce the digital divide by providing access to new technology (France and Israel).
  • Offering career support workshops to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to help facilitate employment (Romania).
  • Providing technology for workshops aimed at children, parents and people in need that will promote literacy, boost self-esteem and confidence (UK).
  • Using computers and tablets as a base for training, research and e-learning modules to help struggling children and young people address their academic challenges (Israel, France, Romania).
About United Way                          
United Way is a worldwide movement of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. It advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality life. The United Way movement mobilizes millions to action – to give, advocate and volunteer – to improve conditions in their local community. For more information about United Way, please visit: UnitedWay.org.
About United Way Europe and Middle East
In the Europe and Middle-East region, United Way’s priority is to increase the number of young people staying in school. Our seven United Ways across the region (France, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Romania, Russia and the United Kingdom) work with local government, NGOs and business partners to ensure young people are completing secondary school and are given the opportunity to receive post-secondary education.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $39 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

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