IT equipment Giant, Hewlett Packard (HP) has joined a CGI Commitment to Action with Thread, Timberland, Team Tassy, and ACOP (Association des Collecteurs des Objets en Plastique) to improve conditions at the Truitier landfill in Haiti over a three-year period.
The company made the commitment at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, where it said that an estimated 200 children between the ages of 8of eight and 12 currently collect recyclable materials from landfill.
The children and their families are exposed daily to unsafe and hazardous working conditions.
HP said that the joint initiative aims to improve the lives of the children by providing them with educational opportunities, including more than 200 scholarships, as well as full physical exams and health and safety trainings.
Additionally, the partners will provide employment training for adults and invest over $300,000 in entrepreneurs, microenterprises, and/or small-to-medium enterprises in targeted neighbourhoods.
As part of this commitment, HP explained that it will purchase recycled plastic made recovered from the materials collected at the Truitier landfill.
By opening a new market opportunity, generating a steady revenue stream and partnering to improve conditions for the workers, HP is said that it will help to create sustainable jobs and bring opportunity and dignity to the Truitier community.
“What is exciting about this initiative in Haiti is that we can turn waste into a resource that generates income and improves the lives of families living in poverty,” commented Stuart Pann, HP chief supply chain officer.
Ian Rosenberger, founder and CEO of Thread added: “The very bottom of the supply chain is where people are the most vulnerable. It’s no longer okay to ignore the issue because it’s difficult to talk about.”
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