The Digital Divide
The digital divide refers to the gap between those who have access to IT and the Internet and those who do not.
In today’s modern society access to the Internet is crucial in accessing a range of services and information. A BBC report (2011) found that up to nine million adults in the UK currently have no access to the Internet and four million of those are socially and economically disadvantaged. The same report suggests that having access to the Internet can save individuals over £550 a year through better service provision and allow access to thousands of online jobs. The UK Government has set out plans to become the first nation in the world where every citizen has access to the Internet. It aims to achieve this through combating the UKs digital divide.
Repc believe it is the right of everyone to have access to IT and the internet and to gain the benefits from doing so. We have therefore identified key social and environmental commitments we will achieve through our business practices. These are detailed below.
Repc is committed to:
- Closing the digital divide within the communities in which we operate
- Working in partnership with organisations that have similar aims and objectives
- Distributing PCs to eligible charities that work with disadvantaged groups and help them to gain access to the Internet
- Providing competitive, value for money products and services that meet our business, environmental and social objectives.