We organize and support many local initiatives for employees and local communities. An inexhaustive selection is presented below.
Loans that change lives (ES)
The KIVA program provides loans to tackle poverty among people who do not have access to bank loans. Two people received a loan on behalf of Synthon Hispania. One person can now afford to send his three children to school and another was given a loan to establish her seaming business. This enables her to provide for the education of her five children.
We participated in the 24 hour relay race 'You dream, we run'. The idea behind this race is that disabled people in the Blansko region, children and adults alike, write down their dreams. Teams of runners then try to raise money to fulfill those dreams. Synthon sro was the main partner of the event and also had several runners taking part in the race. The proceeds from the event were enough to fulfill the twelve dreams that were submitted.
As we want our employees to be healthy and stay healthy, Synthon Mexico has developed several activities. Together with the Mexican Institute for Social Security (IMSS), we have introduced a health campaign that includes vaccinations, early detection of cervical cancer, breast examination, eye tests, quick HIV tests and the supply of condoms. To prevent our employees from getting flu, they are given a flu vaccination every season. For our employees over the age of 40, we have an additional campaign focused on heart and vascular diseases.
The Matchis Foundation is the Dutch center for stem cell donors. As Synthon supports the foundation's work, we helped to promote stem cell donation within Synthon. During a recruitment campaign, 44 colleagues registered as new stem cell donors. Synthon also reimbursed the costs incurred by the Matchis Foundation for the tissue identification of 25 new donors.
Synthon Hispania launched a campaign to continue children's support by the Vicente Ferrer foundation in the Anantapur region (India). Every year, we also buy Christmas presents for the children of Llar Nova Esperança, a center in Sant Climent de Llobregat that helps children aged between 0 and 9 years who are separated from their families and who are placed under supervision of the government. We also collected clothes, toys and other useful stuff for the children.
As part of the Synthon sro 'Volunteering' project, all employees are allowed to sign up for voluntary work or participate in projects or activities for one day per year. Over 40 employees took part in the activities. Some examples:
Firmly believing that our company can benefit from more diversity in teams throughout the organization, a group of colleagues took the initiative to investigate Synthon's diversity in the Netherlands and identify any actions which could increase it. This initiative was warmly welcomed and facilitated by our executive leadership. So far, the group has worked on boosting awareness and suggesting improvements that could lead to greater diversity. A clear example is the new mentoring program, in which employees can spar with a senior colleague (a trained mentor) on topics such as work-life balance and career development.