Westcon-Comstor supports a variety of corporate and employee-led charitable initiatives, offering time and resources to improve the communities where its employees live and work. Throughout the company, individuals and teams give their energy to important causes, including education, fighting disease, improving health, helping the disadvantaged and general community enrichment.
Our commitment to investing in the future
“At Westcon-Comstor we embed the principles of BBBEE into our organisational DNA so as to invest and develop in initiatives that align with the codes as well as our strategic vision.
The attainment of this rating is not just a certification, but also a recognition of the investment the company has made in its people and the upliftment programmes and initiatives it has deployed and developed across all pillars of the BBBEE codes.”
Chief Technology Officer Global and Chief Executive Officer Sub-Saharan Africa
Enabling the next generation of ICT professionals
Westcon-Comstor partnered with The SAME Foundation to renovate, rebuild and fully kit out the Computer Applied Teaching (CAT) Lab for the Diepsloot Combined School.
The SAME Foundation is a national NPO, working with corporate South Africa to identify communities in need and execute projects that have a lasting and sustainable impact on the lives of the beneficiaries it touches.
Westcon-Comstor invests in people, not just technology. In the world of digital disruption, ICT needs passionate young people to shape and change how we engage with technology, the CAT lab will play a key role to enable the next generation professionals.
We invest in schools from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. We host career days for secondary school pupils to experience a full day of learning and growth, discovering a wide range of career opportunities within the ICT industry.
Presenters at our career days include senior executives and team members from different business areas to give pupils a true sense of life in the corporate world. The aim is to share knowledge so that high-school pupils can make an informed choice to pursue an exciting career in ICT.
Our trusts invest in future ICT leaders
The Westcon-Comstor Empowerment Trust Is committed to sponsoring IT-related bursaries to black woman from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. In partnership with the University of Johannesburg, we create value and invest in the female leaders of the future.
The JB Marks Bursary Trust
Westcon-Comstor annually sponsors bursaries for the JB Marks Education Trust Fund, dedicated to previously disadvantages Individuals studying within the ICT field.
Structured programmes to develop skills
We provide employment opportunities to previously disadvantaged unemployed youth within our industry, communities and country at large.
Our Level Up Youth Employment Services Programme is aligned with government's direction on BBBEE, designed with training initiatives that will contribute to the enhancement, upliftment and empowerment of the next generation leaders and ICT professionals.
The ultimate objective of the programme Is to either employ participants after completion or assist with finding them jobs In our customer and vendor eco-system.
Creating opportunities through investment in enterprise and supplier development
Our Enterprise and Supplier development programmes are geared to uplift small, medium and micro enterprises to make a sustainable impact on their lives and the people they employ. Small businesses in the services and ICT sector are negatively affected by a shortage of skills and entrepreneurship capacity which act as constraints to business development, employment and overall growth.
Our structured learning and development programs are key components, with various initiatives running simultaneously, that contribute to the development of these businesses. Together with selected SMME partners, we have embarked on a journey where we develop the channel with focused training to fast-track their business. We assist SMME partners by providing a series of corporate services and training on topics including financial management, go-to-market strategies, and sales and vendor management.