Drogenbos, Belgium, (December 11, 2019) - allnex, the leading supplier of specialty chemicals, offering a broad range of coating resins, additives and crosslinkers for use on wood, metal, plastic and other surfaces, is pleased to announce an IT initiative in Belgium of giving back.
Earlier this year, IT kicked-off and successfully completed the GROOvE project, a global initiative to upgrade every allnex PC with the latest version of Windows 10 and Microsoft Office. In some cases, this meant that the employee’s laptop needed to be replaced with a newer model. As a result, many allnex sites have found themselves with leftover equipment still in good condition.
IT colleagues in Drogenbos, Belgium decided to organize an initiative equally sustainable as it is benevolent. In partnership with local non-profit organizations, the laptops were given a new home and purpose.
Outside of office hours, the local IT team put personal time into creating a safe process to erase company data, document it, test and prepare equipment for organizations in need.
Nancy Lema, IT Subject Matter Expert, coordinated the donation process and reached out to Belgian organizations such as La Mézon, SRJ Clair Val, Famisol, which support children of all ages and abilities, among others, to understand their needs. Based on their request, the stock of available equipment was checked and the refurbishing process began. This project was also supported by the legal team and management to review finally approve the donation.
“As principal contact, I had the chance to have different discussions with the non-profit institutions / organizations and I was able to feel their joy and enthusiasm through the phone,” said Nancy. “Yes it’s true we gave our personal time to carry out this project, but that’s nothing compared to the smiles that are emerging and the result of such gestures.”
“This is a beautiful initiative on so many levels. Firstly, because it was an idea to give new purpose to our excess equipment. Instead of being tossed in the trash, they live on – limiting environmental impact,” said Przemek Raniczkowski, Global Site IT Operations Manager. “Secondly, because this initiative was 100% voluntary.
Next to this we were happy to get so much support from our management and legal team – the proposal was quickly reviewed and we felt empowered to make this positive change a reality. And finally the most important part of this story are people who receive our equipment. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing joy and their work when using these tools. It’s a real Win-Win!”
By end of December, approximately 90 computers will have been offered in different Belgian provinces. Better still – the team plans to continue this initiative until the stock is exhausted.