Acting Secretary Blank Supports U.S. Companiesâ€™ Corporate Social Responsibility Efforts Abroad
Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank visited BogotĂˇ, Colombia, today, to see how a U.S.-based company is helping to promote corporate social responsibility in a country where it does business.
In 2007, the worldâ€™s largest software company Microsoft joined forces with the nonprofit Trust for the Americas, the nonprofit Centro Laudes Infantis and the local government to create â€śMi Llave,â€ť a program designed specifically to increase computer literacy. The centers, including one that Acting Secretary Blank visited, provide economic and social opportunities to youth and vulnerable populations through access to technology, technical and vocational skills training, and more. Since its inception, 15 additional centers have opened across the country.
Acting Secretary Blank toured the facility and heard first hand testimonials from individuals who have benefitted from the services the centers provide. More than 13,000 people have been trained, and more than 270,000 people have received access to computers and the Internet since training began at Mi Llave centers.