Does Steve Jobs Care About Global Poverty?

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One runs the biggest tech company in the world, the other is a global leader in fighting poverty.

This is a guest commentary by Shawn Ahmed, a anti-poverty campaigner. It was originally published here.

Last week, Apple surpassed Microsoft to become the world’s biggest tech company. As someone who used to spell Microsoft with a dollar sign, I can’t believe what I’m about to say: this is a bad thing for the world.

The only thing I love more than Apple is what I use my Mac gear for: fighting poverty in developing countries. In this regard, unlike Microsoft & Bill Gates, Apple & Steve Jobs don’t seem to care much about poverty and global development.

Before starting this project, I really wasn’t aware of just how much Microsoft was doing in the fight against global poverty. I’m not even referring to Bill Gates and how he has used his own personal wealth to create The Gates Foundation.

As a company, Microsoft is hugely invested in fighting poverty. They partner with charities that keep aid workers connected during disasters, they invest in global health initiatives that save lives, they match employee donations, and much more.

NetHope (a charity Micorsoft has partnered with) provides connectivity for relief workers in Haiti.

And, as I learned after the earthquake in Haiti, Microsoft even has a disaster response team to provide assistance after natural disasters – with technology, equipment, & even funding. This is mind-boggingly unprecedented from a for-profit.

In fact, in the three years I’ve been doing this project, it seems like virtually every aid & development contact I’ve made in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas seems to have (or knows of) someone who can help them from Microsoft.

The same cannot be said for Apple. In fact, to this day despite all the contacts I’ve made, I have yet to find a single person who knows anything Apple has funded or supported in the fight against global poverty.

In fact, when I started this project back in 2007, I placed a formal written request to see if Apple would help me through either lending or donating Apple software or gear. Their response? They don’t do that kind of stuff (see the letter from Apple below).

I was also very lucky to meet some high-ranking Apple employees & engineers during my trip to San Francisco late last year. Unfortunately they too confirmed to me that, with one exception not related to poverty, Apple simply doesn’t have any programs which focus on charitable giving.

Until that changes, Apple will never truly surpass Microsoft.

  • ChGoo

    Search for philantropy + bill gates + monsanto on Google and see how generous Bill Gates really is.

  • Boungsta

    The article is understanding, but what about the idea of, “in order to help others, you have to help yourself, then your family, then your neighbor, your community, city, your state, country, AND THEN you can say, “I’ve done all these, so I have a right to say on how I can help global poverty.”” It’s from confucious, or lao tzu, sorry, I forgot.

  • Dschmitt

    Seems like creating thousands of jobs around the world is a most excellent way to fight poverty. 

  • Victore64

    Yeah, Steve Jobs was a little tight c*nt. I looked up the info about his charity or philantropy work and couldn’t find any. And iSad and iCry.

  • Barbara Flaig

    Microsoft was able to do both: Create jobs, and help the less fortunate. It’s not an either or proposition.

  • Kj

    rip tight arse.

  • Nam Cali

    Charity is suppose to be voluntarily. If he didn’t like to give, then it was his decision. We have no right to judge or compare him with the others.

  • Morse

    Charity is supposed to be voluntarily !!!!???  :) I don’t endorse that though i respect ur opinion…as it definitely is a social responsibility for any individual to help/uplift the less privileged! If only the rich help the poor,the middle layer will also tend to do something ! If we all start thinking that ‘why should i care? then world will come to an end…as I believe that love operates this world..in different forms :) thanks!

  • Maximin Lida

    No matter who much we like APPLE products and Steve Jobs, APPLE never been the BEST COMPANY to care about people or the world in general, Steve Jobs been a great sale man very Lucky as well as Bill Gate. The difference between STEVE JOB and BILL GATES ?? Bill Gates does care…………………
    Sade but realistic……………. http://www.MHD59.com

  • Maximin Lida

    No matter who much we like APPLE products and Steve Jobs, APPLE never been the BEST COMPANY to care about people or the world in general, Steve Jobs been a great sale man very Lucky as well as Bill Gate. The difference between STEVE JOB and BILL GATES ?? Bill Gates does care…………………
    Sade but realistic……………. http://www.MHD59.com

  • Maximin Lida

    No matter who much we like APPLE products and Steve Jobs, APPLE never been the BEST COMPANY to care about people or the world in general, Steve Jobs been a great sale man very Lucky as well as Bill Gate. The difference between STEVE JOB and BILL GATES ?? Bill Gates does care…………………
    Sade but realistic……………. http://www.MHD59.com

  • Inaam

    Bro are you saying that if you have billions of dollars, you would give a few to charity? What a dick! Y U NO GIVE CHARITY? \_”O\_

  • Inaam

    if you had*.. you wouldn’t* . Sorry you had me so MIND BLOWN. I couldn’t even type right.