A recent report by AmCham Belgium showed that international companies are actively engaged in Belgian communities through partnerships with local organizations. Here are just a few examples of our members’ community impact projects in Belgium:
ArcelorMittal: Kromme Boom
ArcelorMittal employees volunteer at Kromme Boom, which helps people in distress who can no longer function in society. At Kromme Boom, these people are offered a total package of living, working and relaxing, so that they learn how to live a normal life and take back their place in society.
BNP Paribas Fortis: microStart
BNP Paribas Fortis is the main partner of the microfinance institution microStart, first launched in Belgium in 2010. microStart helps people in difficulty to set up their own business.
Deloitte: Impact Day
On its first Impact Day, Deloitte’s Tax and Legal practice gave hands-on support to 24 organizations serving social, humanitarian or environmental causes. Several teams worked hard at a range of activities, including helping endangered animals, spending time on the beach with disabled children and picking up litter in the countryside.
Genzyme: GIVE Day
Genzyme Invests in Volunteer Efforts (GIVE) is a worldwide employee engagement program of Sanofi Genzyme. In 2015, the GIVE Day took place at the Neurological Hospital Center William Lennox in Ottignies. This hospital specializes in the revalidation of patients with neurological problems, such as the consequences of a stroke, brain disorder or epilepsy.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) employees have created a UNICEF taskforce, which chooses a UNICEF Belgium campaign to support every year with various fundraising activities. Created initially to raise money to support UNICEF’s work in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, GSK and its volunteers have also supported UNICEF campaigns to combat malnutrition, promote education and improve access to drinkable water.
ING: Solidarity Award
The ING Solidarity Award is a yearly contest dedicated to Belgian non-profit associations. ING is helping them to increase their visibility and finance their projects.
JTI: Community Care Committee
The Community Care Committee at Japan Tobacco International’s (JTI) factory in Wervik, advised and supported by the United Fund for Belgium, decides on the allocation of €25,000 per year to local charity initiatives. For example, JTI recently provided a cold storage room and equipment to the non-profit Love in Action.
KBC offers employees a variety of volunteer opportunities through a partnership with Time4Society. Under the umbrella of Kom op tegen Kanker, employees participated in a four-day biking challenge and fundraiser to support cancer research and cancer survivors.
KPMG: Make a Difference Day
KPMG is committed to the fight against cancer. As part of KPMG’s Make a Difference Day program, employees helped Kom op tegen Kanker to distribute yellow ribbons to visitors in hospitals in Antwerp and Brussels to honor the Day against Cancer as a symbol of solidarity and empathy.
Linklaters: Action for Teens
Linklaters Belgium supports Action for Teens, a European network of psychiatrists who specialize in adolescence. In addition to funding, Linklaters has provided crucial strategy and accounting support. The firm’s lawyers also advised on the appropriate legal structure for the consortium.
PwC: Cycling race for cancer research
Two teams from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) participated in a cycling race to raise money for cancer research. The teams were financed by PwC management as well as by funds raised through a staff tombola and quiz nights.
Sanofi: Climbing for Life
Climbing for Life is an initiative to draw attention to the benefit of physical activity in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. A Sanofi team cycled up the infamous Stelvio in Italy together with diabetes patients, and an internal crowdfunding project was set up to sponsor the Belgian Diabetes Association.
SD Worx: Employment mentoring and training
The SD Worx Fund provides financial and professional support to Levanto, a social enterprise which helps jobseekers discover and develop their employment opportunities through mentoring, training, work experience and mediation.
Tax Consult: Armandia
Last year, Tax Consult repainted an alternative school operated by the non-profit Armandia – Le Papillon, which welcomes children with behavioral and learning disabilities. The objective of the association is to provide personalized instruction and empower each child through body and psychomotor well-being exercises.