Ontex donates laptops to quarantined students – Nonwovens Industry Magazine

To help school children from underprivileged families who cannot afford a computer to take lessons at home, Ontex is donating 50 laptops. The end-of-lease devices have been decommissioned and will be donated to families around Ontex’s headquarters in Aalst, Belgium, through the local charity 4Dewereldgroep Aalst.

“This donation will help us to help hundreds of disadvantaged families in the region”, says Nele Buyl of 4deWereld Aalst. “Single parents or large families with children in quarantine often use mobile phones to attend classes remotely with great difficulty, or children miss classes altogether. Giving children access to a computer at home helps us to work for more equitable educational opportunities, also after the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“Since the start of the pandemic, Ontex has donated more than 5.3 million Ontex products in 14 countries on four continents,” says Annick De Poorter, Executive Vice President Sustainability and Innovation at Ontex. “For many years we have been giving locally as part of our environmental and social policy, trying to reach the most vulnerable groups in our community, such as the elderly in poverty, families in financial difficulty and refugees.”

To ensure that donated products benefit the most vulnerable groups in society, Ontex has established a Donation Policy with guiding principles to increase transparency in donations. For example, it ensures that donated goods arrive at the right place.