Shareholders, customers and employees care more now than ever about what companies are doing in social impact areas like equal opportunity, sustainability, environment, and basically, helping others. I have written a lot about tech companies and social impact over the past few years.
Dell Technologies rolled out its 2030 Social Impact Goals in 2019 and I covered them briefly at the end of this article.
Dell Tech Social Impact 2030
Dell Tech’s 2030 goals are to advance sustainability, cultivate inclusion, transform lives, and uphold ethics and privacy. Dell will report its progress every year to the public. To advance sustainability, Dell will recycle an equivalent product to any purchased product, and that product will be packaged with recycled or renewable material. To create better inclusion, Dell will make sure that 50% of its global workforce will be women, and 40% of its global people leaders will be women.
Another one of 2030 goals is about “transforming lives.” Dell wants to transform lives by advancing technology opportunities in health, education, and economics for 1 billion people. It will be doing this by enabling STEM with better access, improving healthcare data, connecting with more people, and expanding opportunities. These make sense to me as this is what Dell is in the business of doing.
One Million Devices Giving One Million Opportunities
If you are going to transform 1 billion lives, your programs need to be broad, deep, and have a network effect. One of these programs is just that.
Dell is partnering with the “Take on Race” coalition alongside Intel, Dow Jones, Fidelity, Microsoft, Walmart, JP Morgan Chase, AT&T, and others. To support this cause, Dell will be collaborating with these companies to provide “1 Million Connected Devices Now” to students in need across the country. Dell wants to be louder in its support of racial equality and the equal opportunities every child deserves. In supporting 1 Million Devices, Dell can advance many students’ lives to accomplish their dreams and goals. We live in a digital age, and access to a computer is a necessity.
So far, the initiative of 1 Million Devices has already raised over $25 million to go towards devices, and the movement is still growing.
The pandemic has taken many opportunities from many people, but particularly communities of color, regarding education. Dell believes that 1 Million Connected Devices Now can help by limiting the pandemic’s long-term effects on communities of color. I agree. Dell will be joining this network of 1Million Devices to bring devices to “black and brown children with the greatest needs.”
After Phase 1 of bringing children 1 Million Devices, Phase 2 and Phase 3 will be implemented. Phase 2 includes growing into 30 more markets to provide more opportunities, and Phase 3 includes 70 markets across 30 states and 1M devices distributed.
I believe Dell’s participation in the 1M Connected Devices Now program is a great way to help meet its goal of transforming 1B lives. Dell will be enabling students across the country to take on their dreams and pursue their plans that they would not be able to do it before, and that’s a big deal. 1 Million Devices can help bridge the gap and eliminate inequities for communities of color and help advance education, healthcare, and social justice.
This is a good start and I will be monitoring as the program rolls out.
Note: Catherine Moorhead, Moor Insights & Strategy intern, contributed heavily to this article.