[Updated May 8, 2020]
As we face the uncertainty and challenges of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, I find strength in the generosity and resilience of my colleagues. As a diverse, global company, Lenovo has a unique opportunity and responsibility to support our communities. I have been humbled to see our teams around the world rise to the moment and give what they can. As our CEO Yuanqing Yang put it: “At challenging times such as these it helps to remember that we all want the same thing: for the people we care about to stay healthy, the virus’ impact to diminish, for treatments to be developed and for life to return to normal.”
Lenovo’s philanthropic response is currently valued at more than $13 million dollars. To date, we’ve focused on giving back with our strengths in three crucial areas: supporting distance education, providing technology and personal protective equipment to hospitals, and providing general community support in the areas where our employees live and work.
The majority of our response (60%) has focused on giving students and educators the hardware they need to connect and continue learning while schools are closed. Major efforts include:
- $2.4 million in hardware donations to support distance learning education in North America
- $1.4 million in distance learning support focused on China’s Hubei province, in partnership with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation
- $1.3 million in software and services donations to enable distance education and security for those learning and working from home. Click here to see if you are eligible for a free LanSchool Air license.
Lenovo technology has also made an impact in the urgent needs of frontline workers. Lenovo has provided IT equipment to optimize hospital operations and connect patients with loved ones, easing the stress of isolation during hospitalization. In addition to technology, Lenovo has donated personal protective equipment to hospitals. Lenovo’s contributions to healthcare efforts represent ~30% of our global response. Major efforts include:
- $2.4 million in equipment and IT infrastructure to support hospitals in Wuhan, including 1200+ computers, 280 tablets, 660 printers, software and support
- $400k+ in personal protective equipment donations in the U.S., Italy, Spain, India, and Brazil
- $1 million in donated product and funds to support healthcare systems in Europe and Latin America
Lenovo is uniquely capable of meeting the urgent education and healthcare needs communities have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also contributed significant resources to research around the novel coronavirus, providing $2 million in technology to BGI Genomics in partnership with Intel to learn more about the virus, and $145K to the China Foundation for Health Promotion to study early survivors of COVID-19 in Wuhan.
The effects of COVID-19 will continue to be felt in communities around the world, and Lenovo is working to address those needs outside of our core strategy. The response to date has provided nearly $1 million in support for community needs and matching for employee giving in markets around the world.
Our CEO, who we know as YY, also made a personal donation of nearly $1.5 million to the Chinese University of Science and Technology to support their ongoing research.
To better support customers, Lenovo is also offering a free global warranty extension for up to 75 days through May 31, 2020 for all Lenovo/Motorola smartphones and Lenovo consumer PCs, tablets, smart home devices, consumer augmented/virtual reality devices, monitors and accessories with warranties that are coming to an end between March 15 through April 30, 2020.
We will continue to update this page as our response evolves with the virus. For more information about Lenovo’s global philanthropy efforts, please visit www.LenovoFoundation.com.
We are all in this together. Please be safe and thoughtful, and keep finding ways to support each other.