A new corporate partnership is announced today between Social Business Trust (SBT) and Getronics, the global IT services group.
As a result of the partnership, Getronics will use the expertise of its employees to support the growth of the great social enterprises in SBT’s portfolio. By doing so, the employees’ IT skills will help improve the lives of thousands of people, including less-advantaged children, isolated elderly people and those living in poverty.
Nana Baffour, Getronics CEO, pictured above, said: “Through our partnership with SBT, we want to touch as many lives as possible, doing what we love to do: providing great technology for great institutions, to do great things.”
Adele Blakebrough MBE, SBT CEO, also pictured, said: “We are delighted to welcome Getronics into the SBT family. So many of our social enterprises face technology-related challenges and opportunities in a fast-changing environment. Getronics’ deep business understanding and IT skills will be invaluable in supporting them to scale-up.”
The first project Getronics staff will work on is with Hertfordshire Independent Living Service, which provides services that support elderly people to live independently in their homes. Getronics employees are also lined up to assist other social enterprises, including The Challenge, which works with young people, and Twining Enterprise, which helps people with mental health conditions retain, or get back into, work.
Nana Baffour will sit on SBT’s Investment Committee, alongside leaders from its other corporate partners: Thomson Reuters, Permira, Permira Debt Managers, EY, Clifford Chance and Bain & Company. The Committee meets quarterly to decide which social enterprises to support.
Getronics has nearly 9,000 employees in 23 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific, North and Latin America. The partnership with SBT will focus initially on the UK but draw on remote engagement from employees globally.