Language services provider EQHO Globalization is pleased to announce the signing of a new multilingual desktop publishing (DTP) partnership with social enterprise, Digital Divide Data (DDD). The move means an enhanced Multilingual DTP offering, by combining the technical localization competencies that EQHO boasts in Thailand, Singapore and Laos with the unique skillset and business model of DDD.
The agreement will provide the opportunity for youth in Vientiane, Lao PDR to to attend university as part of a work-study program.
Since 2001, DDD’s program has increased lifetime earnings for youth in Cambodia, Laos and Kenya by a projected total of more than US$300 million. DDD’s social model is unique in that employees have the opportunity to complete higher education while they gain work experience.
Jeremy Hockenstein, DDD’s CEO commented, “We are very excited to provide desktop publishing services that power EQHO Globalization’s business. Our organizations both share a deep commitment to the people of the ASEAN region—and we see that reflected in our relationship.”
DDD’s unique ‘Impact Sourcing model’ serves clients with high-quality BPO services, while transforming the lives of its employees. The company currently works with hundreds of international and local clients from operations centers in Asia, Africa and North America. DDD has received significant recognition, including being identified as a Rising Star among the Global Outsourcing 100 by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP), The Rockefeller Foundation also validated DDD’s pioneering efforts as part of their Digital Jobs Africa initiative.
Over the past 5 years, EQHO has rapidly ascended through the localization ranks and is listed by the Common Sense Advisory (CSA) as one of Asia’s fastest growing language service providers. Specializing in complex Asian language pairs, but providing solutions for all major tongues, EQHO provides linguistic solutions for global companies in a variety of sectors, ranging from hi-tech to life sciences. EQHO’s Laos production center, which opened in 2012 provides the perfect foundation for the partnership.
The partnership with DDD was originally conceived by EQHO’s Vice Chairman, Ross Klinger while in Laos attending a local event, where he met DDD’s Jeremy Hockenstein. Ross was also responsible for setting up the EQHO subsidiary in 2012, having seen a clear gap in the market for providing professional translation services to multinationals entering the country.
EQHO’s VP of Operations, Cillia Bettus, who will lead the program commented, “Desktop Publishing and related tasks are an increasingly essential part of the translation process and so like all of our services, we’re keen to improve our capabilities and increase our capacity. The partnership with DDD will enable us to do exactly that, while at the same time supporting a great cause!”
EQHO also supports several other non-profit organizations including Translators without Borders, The Media Alliance and runs complimentary localization programs at several of Bangkok’s universities.
About EQHO Globalization
Established in 1996, EQHO is a premium provider of multilingual and multicultural communications solutions. For nearly two decades, EQHO has been successfully helping corporations and non-profit organizations transcend cultural and linguistic barriers by providing a comprehensive range of high-quality, competitively priced localization solutions in areas including software, mobile applications, web, ecommerce, multimedia and documentation. EQHO has delivered thousands of complex localization projects in various disciplines across multiple languages and markets, with many of the world’s most discerning buyers of localization services relying on EQHO to deliver exceptional global customer experiences. EQHO maintains its headquarters in Singapore, two production centers in Bangkok, Thailand and Vientiane, Lao PDR, and local sales office in the Brno, Czech Republic. EQHO is ISO9001:2008 certified by TUV, and is recognized by the Common Sense Advisory (CSA) as one of Asia’s fastest growing language service providers.
DDD delivers high-quality, competitively priced business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions to clients worldwide including; digital content development, data and research services, image processing, and back office solutions. At the same time, DDD’s innovative social model enables talent from underserved populations to access professional opportunities and earn lasting higher income, including youth from low-income families in developing countries, as well as military spouses and veterans in the USA. This model, established by DDD in 2001, is now called “Impact Sourcing.” DDD has been recognized worldwide for quality service, innovation, and social impact. Among many awards and recognitions, the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) selected DDD as a Rising Star on its 2015 Global Outsourcing 100 list and the Global Sourcing Council presented DDD its 3S Award for Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing. DDD has also been consistently on the list the Top 100 NGOs worldwide by Geneva Global and is a recipient of the Google Award for Innovation in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).