Good Company: Intel

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There are plenty of examples of multinational companies that fall short of helping to make a difference in the communities in which they do business and in the world-at-large. But Intel, which produced the world’s first microprocessor, is not one of those companies.

Its formidable social responsibility platform, perhaps, outshines any other within the tech industry. The company has taken strong stances on some of the most compelling and contentious issues of our time ranging from environmental impact and alternative energy to poverty and human trafficking. Plus, the Intel Foundation donates about $45 million globally to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) education.
intel_4152_4 “We have a direct interest in increasing participation of women in technology,” said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation. “In the last few years, we have been working even more with girls and women. We have been engaged with obtaining global parity with girls’ access to education. This includes good sanitation and a safe way to get to and from school in areas where girls are vulnerable. In 2013, we funded a meta-study showing differences between men and women, girls and boys and their access to the Internet. Thirty percent fewer girls and women have access to the Internet. We have undertaken with partners a goal to reduce that gap by 50 percent over the next three years.”


intel_4152_0   intel_4152_2Wendy adds, Intel’s She Will Connect project is beginning in Africa and aims to reach 5 million women.

“We want everyone to have access to what we see is a core human right. Access to the Internet is much more than a nice-to-have. We want women to step into their full birthright as human beings. The world benefits when women have access. They can be influential in social and political spheres and become economically engaged, and this will make the world a better place.”


intel_4152_5In addition to the Intel Foundation, Intel Teach is the largest program of its kind, helping K–12 teachers integrate technology effectively into classrooms and promote student-centered approaches for preparing students with critical skills for success in our “digital world.” Coursework in 24 languages and leadership forums, in tandem with more than $10 million, have helped computers get out of shrink wrap in classroom corners and go toward effective use of technology.

intel_4152_3With these large-scale efforts, partners such as Ashoka Changemakers, are integral, said Wendy. The partnership’s pilot launch of She Will Innovate: Technology Solutions Enriching the Lives of Girls will mean $30,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to the best and most innovative digital technologies in a competition centered on enabling girls and women to live healthier, smarter, and more meaningful lives.



Intel’s Good Index of Internal Programs

Intel Learn Program: literacy

Intel for Change: universal access to education

Intel Wastewater Collection: water conservation

RecycleBank: rewards for recycling

Great Lakes Cassava Initiative: fighting hunger

Intel Design and Discovery: inspiring science and engineering careers

SciFest: science excellence

 Intel Education Service Corps: technology training

Progress Thru Processors: humanitarian research projects

Orphans Overseas: numeracy

A Closer Look at  Executive Director Wendy Hawkins

Wendy Hawkins, Intel Foundation, TED(Listen to Wendy’s TED Talk – “Let Them Be Scientists.”

Wendy Hawkins has directed Intel Foundation for more than 23 years. What inspires her to keep going? “If you wake up one morning and decide you don’t like doing this job, there are people lined up behind you to take it. I’m very proud to work for Intel. I’ve gotten to be in the belly of the beast to see the work. If we improve the communities where we live and work, the world is our community. This is exciting and gratifying.”

Strategic Partnership with the Girl Rising Film

Intel is a founding Strategic Action Partner with 10×10, a global girls’ empowerment campaign, whose feature film, Girl Rising, is directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins. The film tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries written by nine celebrated writers. The film is narrated by actors Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloë Moretz, Frieda Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, and Kerry Washington.


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