The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), a Vancouver, British Columbia-based nonprofit focused on recycling and refurbishing electronics, and Shell Canada, Calgary, have announced they will gift more than 200 recent-model computers, laptops and monitors to nine indigenous organizations across Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada.
The donation is part of Shell Canada’s pledge to contribute $1 million worth of computer equipment to organizations across Canada, which it announced in November 2017. To date, more than 600 computers, laptops and monitors have been donated to 30 organizations across Canada as part of the company’s million-dollar pledge.
The latest recipients are indigenous organizations and schools in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Shell says this supports its commitment to work in collaboration with indigenous communities in the areas of community engagement, business development, community investment and employment.
“We are delighted to work with Shell Canada to help donate so many devices to deserving indigenous communities,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA. “We pride ourselves in giving back to the community and are thankful that corporations like Shell give technology a second life. We urge more companies follow in their footsteps and donate equipment.”
Michael Crothers, president and country chair of Shell Canada, says, “Access to information can open up a world of possibility. We are pleased to team up with an organization that brings technology to the fingertips of learning communities across Canada.”
Shell has been operating in Canada for more than 107 years and employs more than 4,000 people across the country.
The ERA is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 to address the growing problem of e-scrap and what it calls the increasing “digital divide.”