At Micro Focus, we believe in the strength of collaboration and teaming to achieve positive impacts and meaningful outcomes. It’s this purpose that has motivated our ambition to Inspire a Million Lives – a goal to support communities around the world, and in particular those affected by COVID-19, by partnering with a variety of non-profits and charities.
Inspire a Million Lives was introduced as part of our ongoing commitment to Micro Focus INSPIRE, our global Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) program designed to cover multiple aspects of what it means to be a socially and environmentally responsible global enterprise.
Through our partnerships, Inspire a Million Lives further drives our focus on assisting people affected by COVID-19 and responding to digital exclusion by building long-term and sustainable collaborations that deliver measurable impact. The pandemic, combined with the climate crisis and financial burdens for many, has intensified the digital divide and increased poverty around the world. In the US, some food banks have reported an average increase of over 55% more people needing their support than before the pandemic. In almost every country impacted, lockdowns have exacerbated digital exclusion for those who don’t have digital devices or internet access – significantly impacting education, and even the mental and emotional wellbeing of those unable to stay connected to family and friends.
As part of Inspire a Million Lives, several of our partnerships will also include volunteering opportunities for our employees who are each eligible to four days a year for volunteering activities, one for a charity or cause of their choice, one to support the company’s social impact goal of helping equip communities with the skills needed to be successful in their digital lives and two days to volunteer time to help those in need of help due to COVID-19.
From addressing poverty and education, to helping people rebuild their lives, Inspire a Million Lives is a chance for us to come together and give back. Follow our progress over the next year by joining us on Twitter and LinkedIn and using the hashtag #MicroFocusINSPIRE. Visit our dedicated Inspire a Million Lives site to learn more about our partnerships, and stay updated on the latest stories showcasing how our efforts and collaboration are helping to change lives to achieve positive and sustainable outcomes.