Quest for a better society
Considering that a business thrives when the society in which it operates thrives, Quest Group companies implement focused social actions aimed at upgrading the quality of life and the country's transition to the digital age.
Activities have focused around the following areas:
- The support of youth-led and start-up business looking for innovation through the use of new technologies.
- Supporting high quality education using advanced digital tools.
- Combating against poverty, hunger and social inequalities in partnership with reputable NGOs.
In addition to the above strategic focus areas, the Group also contributed actively to the collective action to address the Covid-19 pandemic, in addition to responding to the “Greece 2021” Committee call for support through the donation of IT equipment.
Supporting Society in addressing the Covid-19 Pandemic
During 2020, the Quest Group, as an active and responsible member of Society, stood firmly in support of the collective national response to address and handle the effects of the pandemic. The initiatives undertaken by the Group represent in value a figure greater than €700 thousand in products and services focusing mainly in the areas of education and the distribution of technical equipment to high priority organizations. In addition ACS , keeping loyal to its values to support the wider community, contributed significantly to offer support to population groups in highest need.
- Remote Education/Digital Classrooms: Donation to the Ministry of Education and Religion of 1.018 iPads 4G to cover the needs of remote learning for primary schools, together with educational services as well as providing support to education workers.
- Health Units: Donation of 120 laptops and PCs and 15 advanced multi-purpose devices to the National Health Organization (EODY). Provision of 2 high performance oxygen tanks to the Attikon Hospital and distribution of 5 monitors to the hospital “Pammakaristos” to enable remote evaluation of patients.
- Community/ Groups in Need: ACS, places priority on those population groups in highest needs and transported valuable medical materials to geriatric units and community organizations in the whole of Greece, addressing the needs of over 6.000 beneficiaries. In addition, together with its representatives, it offered support to a NGO through free transportation of large quantities of basic needs products.
START UP ENTREPRENEURSHIP
In order to provide to the youth and start up entrepreneurship with the use of new technologies that lead to innovation, the Quest Group has created since 2013 the incubator of new business activities, IQbility. IQbility supports new business actions, providing selected business groups with resources, tools and know-how for their success in international markets.
IQbility is the only private initiative of a Greek company that through a systematic process discovers, selects and participates in the share capital of Greek start-ups.
The differentiating factor is certainly that it is possibly the only subsidiary of the Group that consistently seeks share participation in start-up businesses, most particularly, those which provide synergies with the Group in areas such as tech, fintech services, last mile delivery etc.
For the duration of iQbility life span so far we have connected with hundreds of start-ups and have invested in 12 of these. The total investment amounts to 2 million €, with 3 exits.
The Group and its companies implement a set of ongoing actions regarding the interconnection of Technology and Education, which upgrade the quality of the educational process and encourage excellence. Indicatively mentioning, iSquare, in the framework of the action "Innovation in Education", implements the program "iPad 1 - 1" for the introduction of the iPad in the classrooms in order to improve the learning experience, while with the actions "Digitization of textbooks" and edupad.gr for Apple's iOS operating system, aims to create an experiential, modern learning process.
Respectively, Info Quest Technologies implements for more than 15 years the action "Assembling the Quest Computer", a unique technology training program for Greek data. In 2019 the Group created, with Uni Systems as its main pillar of implementation, a new scholarship program for code learning, "Mind the <code>", which focuses on the systematic teaching of two very common programming languages to young people, connects the educational community with the labor market, enhances the knowledge of future employees and offers employment to some of them.
In order to fight poverty, hunger and social inequalities, steadily over time, the companies of the Group support the worthy work of organizations and institutions that with their work improve the quality of life of children and adults, such as the "Smile of the Child" "Make a Wish", the "Greek Children's Museum" and "PYRNA", as well as other important initiatives such as the work of the association "Diazoma" in the field of Culture.
At the same time, whenever the conditions require it, the Group proceeds with extraordinary support of actions, according to its capabilities and specialized know-how. Worth mentioning are the sponsorship of the Irrigation System, the provision of computer systems and the provision of fire trucks in the affected areas, as well as the program of refugee, flood and fire support programs implemented by ACS, taking into account emergency situations in refugee crisis management and needs. arising from time to time. The Group's contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic was particularly great, with the provision of 1000 iPads in public schools, medical equipment in hospital units and the support of vulnerable groups in collaboration with NGOs.
Employees of the Quest Group are encouraged to express and support actions that benefit society as a whole and companies in turn have the resources to implement these actions, supporting several actors in their work each year, offering services, products and financial support.
Some of the constant activities of the Group are the Voluntary Blood Donation, the organization of the Charity Bazaar by the employees to support the Attica Child Protection Center "The Mother", the collection of clothing, food and medicine for the Reception and Solidarity Center of the Municipality of Athens the provision of surplus food through the organization "We can" to people in need while actions are systematically implemented that enhance sports and ecological mobility.