The year 2020 will be remembered for the turbulence caused when a pandemic swept through the world, fundamentally changing people’s way of life, presenting unprecedented challenges to governments worldwide, and forcing businesses to reflect and adapt in order to survive. With this in mind, the Asia Business Council and the Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) embarked on a six-month research project to analyze how Asia Business Council member companies have responded to the pandemic in strategic, innovative, or impactful ways.

Leveraging its resources and expertise, Lenovo, a leading technology company with operational headquarters in Beijing and Morrisville, North Carolina, and financial headquarters in Hong Kong, developed educational solutions that could “go beyond the device” during the pandemic.  While its commercial solutions ranged from hybrid classrooms to cybersecurity and virtual reality, Lenovo’s philanthropic efforts included hardware donations in North America and laptop donations to students in Milan and refugees in the Netherlands.

Lenovo’s Chairman and CEO Yuanqing Yang also made a personal donation to a public welfare project in Hubei province called the “Lenovo E-classroom.” Through this project, the company sent tablets and three-month data cards to students from underprivileged backgrounds so that they could have access to virtual learning. Lenovo also addressed systemic problems in education in India by developing a student-teacher matching platform. Lenovo’s business and philanthropic endeavors illustrate how Asian businesses can have truly global impact.