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10.06.2015

Bank Austria supports non-profit AfB organisation with 17,000 used IT hardware devices

  • For three years Bank Austria has been working with Arbeit für Behinderte (Work for Disabled People - AfB) – Europe’s first not-for-profit IT retailer – thereby supporting the social and environmental commitments of this organisation. 
  • AfB recycles used IT hardware, installs them with Win7 and sells them with at least a 12-month guarantee at very attractive prices in both of the AfB shops and via the AfB online shop.
  • More than 50 percent of the employees at AfB are people with disabilities who gain career prospects and valuable employment thanks to this arrangement.
  • In recent years Bank Austria has donated 17,000 used IT devices – almost all of which could be recycled and resold.
  • Thanks to the number and quality of the devices handed over, Bank Austria has mentored four jobs for people with disabilities.

AfB was founded in Germany in 2004. AfB opened its first outlet in Vienna Liesing in September 2010, followed by another shop in Vienna’s 16th district in June 2013. The IT hardware handed over (notebooks, PCs, monitors, etc.) is collected, data is certifiably erased, the devices are recycled, subjected to a functional test and then taken to the AfB shops for sale with a guarantee of 12 months. More information can be found at http://www.afb-group.at. The recycling conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gases that harm the environment.

Willibald Cernko, Bank Austria CEO: "As one of the leading banks in Austria we have a significant social responsibility. I am particularly pleased that with AfB we can support a prime example of a successful social enterprise. This non-profit IT retailer combines social and environmental commitment in one company. Over the last three years we have managed to raise the number of IT devices handed over from 480 to an impressive 17,000. This way Bank Austria not only promotes the integration of people with disabilities into the working world, the cooperation with AfB also helps to conserve resources within Bank Austria and reduce electronic waste – a win-win situation for all those involved."

Kurt Essler, managing director of AfB, on the partnership with Bank Austria: "I am delighted to have such a strong partner like Bank Austria on board, supporting our activities in Vienna. Together we are taking an important step towards a more sustainable society."

5 years of disability management at Bank Austria – a successful period
Bank Austria itself has been committed for many years to ensuring an accessible and equal opportunity working environment. More than 400 people with disabilities are employed at Bank Austria and its subsidiaries, meaning Bank Austria has fulfilled the statutory quota since 2013. An internal DisAbility Management framework was set up in 2010. At present there are already 60 people working in Bank Austria’s DisAbility network: employees with disabilities are optimally integrated into daily banking activities and customer care. Many projects have since been implemented: a special bankcard was developed for people with visual impairments. Nearly 50 percent of all Bank Austria private customer branches are now fully equipped for disabled access. Additionally, there is a shuttle service in Vienna and Graz adapted to the needs of the disabled which enables customers with limited mobility to get to their personal appointments at the branches. In 2012 Bank Austria was the first bank in Austria to offer three different websites specifically for people with visual impairments, people who are deaf and people with learning disabilities. Using video telephony, sign language videos and text-to-speech functions on the website, Bank Austria customers with disabilities can receive the same comprehensive advice as all other customers. More on this can be found at http://barrierefrei.bankaustria.at.

Enquiries: Bank Austria Media Relations Austria
Martin Kammerer, Tel. +43 (0) 50505 - 52803
E-mail: martin.kammerer@unicreditgroup.at