World Wide Technology Launches $1 Million Matching Global Community Impact Program
New fundraising campaign supports families affected by COVID-19 and vaccine research and development
ST. LOUIS – 5/19/20 – World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading $12 billion technology solutions provider, today announced the launch of a new Global Community Impact program, matching $1 million to support agencies assisting families affected by COVID-19 and organizations accelerating research to develop a vaccine and treatment for the virus. The initiative is part of an ongoing effort by WWT to support the global community — from both a social and business perspective — during this pandemic.
WWT kicked off the Global Community Impact program with an initial donation of $25,000 to the International Red Cross in support of its efforts to provide a stable blood supply and encouraged its employees to give blood at their local Red Cross agency.
“Making a positive social and business impact on the world requires a combination of corporate social responsibility and embracing diversity in people and ideas,” said Ann Marr, Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources at WWT. “It is important for WWT to leverage its diverse workforce and the organizations our employees want to support to help fight against this global pandemic.”
WWT and its more than 6,500 global team members share an extensive history of giving back, primarily focused on providing leadership through employee involvement and developing long-term relationships in the communities where it operates. WWT leadership is humbled by the scores of employees who have independently given their time and resources to help those in need.
In addition to providing financial support, WWT has embarked on several campaigns focused on helping companies leverage technology to enable business continuity during the pandemic. As a provider of critical information technology infrastructure and services to a majority of Fortune 100 companies and numerous federal, state and local government agencies, WWT has unique insight into what technologies are driving innovation.
For example, WWT recently aided a large healthcare organization to quickly convert standard patient rooms into quarantine rooms with remote observation. WWT replaced baby monitors that could have blocked Wi-Fi signals with high-tech two-way cameras that would be placed in the rooms with no other infrastructure needed. Additionally, WWT supported a U.S. state hit hard by the spread of COVID-19 to keep the public informed and educated by rapidly implementing a reliable and high-quality conferencing solution that allowed the governor to facilitate press conferences and answer questions from local media outlets remotely.
“As a member of Business Roundtable, I join CEOs across the country who are working with governments at the federal, state and local level to find ways we can help address the current health crisis and resulting economic challenges,” said Jim Kavanaugh, WWT CEO. “We continue to encourage our employees — and take it upon ourselves as a good corporate citizen — to embrace and understand the importance of the safety protocols. As communities and economies reopen and we join our frontline workers and return to the office, we will remain vigilant and careful of those protocols so that we will not bring the virus back into the workplace. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and the more accountable we can be as a company, the safer and better off we all will be.”
As organizations continue to search for ways to enable critical operations during the pandemic, WWT is leveraging that experience to provide practical and actionable information to keep employees safe and productive while delivering critical services.
These efforts culminated in a series of free, on-demand webinars and host of other resources, such as assessments and briefings, that are now available on the wwt.com platform.
“We take very seriously our responsibility to help organizations globally continue their vital business operations,” said Kavanaugh. “We are immensely grateful to our frontline workers whose hard work and incredible dedication in these challenging times has allowed us to keep supporting our customers. WWT is committed to maintaining the rigor and discipline needed to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers as we work through the continuing evolution of this situation. It is deeply important to us to keep all of our employees safe, but also employed.”
About World Wide Technology
World Wide Technology (WWT) is a technology solution provider with $12 billion in annual revenue that provides digital strategy, innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations around the globe. While most companies talk about delivering business and technology outcomes, WWT does it. Based in St. Louis, WWT employs more than 6,000 people and operates approximately 4 million square feet of warehousing and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world.
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