SPB renews its support for Solidarité Technologique in Cameroon


Press release

Published by SPB

SPB, the European leader in affinity insurance and services for major brands, is renewing its support for the nongovernmental organisation La Guilde Européenne du Raid in connection with the solidarity programme conducted by the non-profit Solidarité Technologique in Cameroon. As a result, Solidarité Technologique will be able to move forward with the next stage of its development. The non-profit provides IT training for underprivileged young Cameroonians, who learn to dismantle and recycle Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in total safety. A certificate presentation ceremony, held yesterday at a dismantling and recycling centre in Yaounde, was attended by Cameroon's minister for employment and vocational training and the French ambassador to the country. The centre is the first such facility to receive WEEE certification, making it a role model not just for Cameroon but for Africa in general.

The funding provided by SPB since 2013 has been invested in renewing the training centre's equipment and networking its workstations. Solidarité Technologique also provides training for students, thus improving their chances of entering the labour market.

Commenting, SPB Chairman of the Board Jean-Marie Guian said: "Dealing with WEEE is a global issue in terms of environmental protection. In 2014 we replaced or repaired more 800,000 mobile phones as part of our business of insuring 45 million people in Europe. And as European leader in insurance for everyday goods, it was only natural that we should renew our financial support for Solidarité Technologique. We are very proud of this partnership".

Large numbers of end-of-life technological products from European are currently being imported illegally into Cameroon and dumped in non-regulated landfills, creating serious risks for people and the environment. The products contain precious metals such as gold, copper and zinc, which young Cameroonians salvage without taking proper precautions. They put their lives in danger by breathing in toxic chemicals.

In 2013 Solidarité Technologique opened a re-use and recycling centre to allow young trainees to give a practical edge to their knowledge. The reconditioned equipment is sold to the public, specifically to schools, small businesses and needy families wanting cheap computers. Solidarité Technologique's approach combines several aspects of sustainable development, such as protecting the environment, closing the digital divide and bringing people into the job market.

About SPB

SPB operates as a broker and is European leader in affinity insurances and services for more than 100 major brands, with implantations in 12 countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, the UK and the USA. SPB is an independent family-held company founded in 1965. Operating on a white label basis, SPB offers unique expertise in designing and managing tailor-made insurance programmes, warranty extensions and related services for banking products, mobile phones and devices, household needs and everyday goods. SPB’s skill chain allows customers to build value and loyalty. Founded in Normandy in northern France, SPB employs 1,400 collaborators. SPB’s model is robust, generating over €230.2 million gross revenue with a prestigious client roster that includes Alternate, Auchan, BNP Paribas, Bouygues Telecom, Carrefour, Cdiscount, Darty, E. Leclerc, Fnac, Gamestop, Insurance2Go, LCL, Orange, Media Markt Europe, Porta and SFR.

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