How can a big, global organization make a difference to a small, local community?
AkzoNobel may be a huge organization – but we’re still made up of people. And many of them want to do more to make a difference to the world around us. That's why we started the AkzoNobel Community Program: to encourage employees to get involved in their local areas, and give them what they need to do it.
We're as committed to our communities as we are to our customers, shareholders and employees. That's why we launched a worldwide initiative in 2005 called the AkzoNobel Community Program. It brings together motivated employees from all over the world and gives them the means to make a real difference.
So far, over 9,000 volunteers from more than 50 countries have worked on over 2,000 projects. In the past seven years this has led to a great variety of projects; from educating and supporting underprivileged groups –often impacted by the economic crisis - to contributing to creating more awareness in the community about the importance of a clean environment. It also provides opportunities for employees to develop team building and leadership skills. Throughout the world, our Community Program projects have brought value, much-needed assistance and a sense of excitement to their communities.
Every year we hold a competition to find the best contribution. First prize in 2012 went to the ''Dream-helpers' make dreams of disabled children come true' project, an initiative by Marine & Protective Coatings in Seoul. With this initiative our volunteers have helped set up a one-on-one buddy system for the 30 disabled children at the Hanwoori Community Welfare Center. They take turns to visit and plan outings for the children, aged between eight and 17, so they can enjoy activities such as swimming and fishing. As well as enjoying the trips, the youngsters felt less isolated and had the opportunity to socialize with their peers.
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