It’s clear that technology has become a necessary tool for even some of the most basic day-to-day tasks. Completing schoolwork, scheduling healthcare appointments, finding employment, paying bills and other daily occurrences have all been improved by, but sometimes made impossible without, technology.
Insufficient access to internet connectivity, the equipment to get online, and the education to understand navigation within those systems, are all issues that affect millions of Americans, despite decades of increasing institutional and societal dependence.
Also known as the “Digital Divide,” this lack of access spans across the United States but disproportionately affects those with less education, lower income, BIPOC populations, older individuals, rural families, those with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community. That means that these already marginalized groups contend not only with an endless list of other systemic inequities and discriminations, but also with diluted access to technology and services with the potential to facilitate life-changing social and economic mobility.
However, answers exist, and Onepak is excited to share a pivotal partnership and pledge with Digitunity, a national organization working to address this issue.
The Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide is a call for organizational leadership across industries and sectors to come together with community-level groups to close the gap of the digital divide. This approach allows for interdisciplinary collaboration leading to strategies comprehensive enough to promote real progress.
Onepak is uniquely positioned to contribute as a logistics technology company whose software platform and services provide businesses seamless management and carbon-neutral transportation of IT equipment such as desktops, laptops, and smartphones. With Onepak’s assistance, at least part of the solution to solving the digital divide starts to take focus.
Onepak’s ReturnCenter platform is geared for returning assets back into the circular economy in the most impactful manner. The platform provides owners of IT assets the power to redirect asset flows to the Digitunity network to begin to address digital equity, not to mention sustainability.
What this all equates to is the perfect alignment of goals amongst organizations looking to restructure how the world works, and we’re not alone. Companies across the globe are becoming increasingly focused on promoting their worth through ESG (environmental, social, governance). These criteria are used to value investments based on corporate policies and to incentivize companies to modernize their missions beyond profit seeking at the expense of society. As more corporations shift their infrastructure to adhere to both investor and consumer demands for ethical practices, the opportunities for strategic and impactful partnerships will only continue to grow.
If you’d like to learn more about connecting with Onepak and how we can energize your logistics with transparency and sustainability, we’d love to get in touch.