As the annual reports season opened, Orange Belgium looked back at its corporate social responsibility results. Convinced that digital inclusion has become a crucial factor of social and financial inclusion, the telecom operator pursued its efforts in 2022 to generate concrete results through a structured program organised, amongst others, around the Orange Belgium Fund and the Orange Digital Center. This commitment for a better society also materialized through its sustainability “Re-program”.
“Digital exclusion is a serious issue that we want to tackle with serious means.”
“Digital exclusion is a real issue that impacts almost half of Belgian population, with serious consequences for their social and financial inclusion. A serious issue that we want to tackle with serious means”, explains Isabelle Vanden Eede, Chief Brand, Communication & CSR Officer at Orange Belgium. Last summer, the King Baudouin Foundation revealed in its latest Digital Inclusion Barometer that 46% of Belgians are digitally vulnerable: a figure that concerns all age groups in society, but mainly the less educated population.
1,119 people trained. 200 socially-vulnerable youngsters supported. Real help for real people.
In November 2022, Orange Belgium signed the DigitAll charter, confirming its commitment of continuous investment to improve digital inclusion in Belgium. And in fact, 2022 has been a year with structural and consistent progresses, in particular around 3 streams of action (note to editorial: see more concrete figures at the bottom of the press release):
Accelerating sustainable IT with the Re-Program
With the signature of the Sustainable IT Charter and ISIT Membership, in 2022, Orange Belgium wanted to formalise its commitment to evaluation and continuous improvement of its digital practices in order to make them as sustainable as possible. This commitment for a more sustainable IT is primarily structured under the Re-Program, itself consisting in 4 strategic pillars: Repair, Recycle, Refurbish and Return.
In 2022, about 33,000 devices were collected, of which about a third was still of value, while the remaining two thirds underwent a recycling cycle.
“As a major player of the Belgian economy, we believe we need to invest in a long-lasting commitment towards society. Those initiatives are part of our structured societal approach, to contribute to a better and more inclusive eco-system. The Orange Digital Center as well as the Orange Belgium Fund have been created to provide concrete assistance to the Belgian society and in particular to partners active in digital inclusion. We want to make a priority commitment to people currently excluded from digital, especially young persons in precarious situations and women. Our commitments for a more inclusive and respectful society thus follow structured approaches, so that we continuously deliver positive and strong results.”, concludes Isabelle Vanden Eede, while already looking forward to going an extra mile in 2023.”
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3 sponsorship projects
Different donations of refurbished computers…
… in Belgium
In other countries
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