1st report on SPIE Belgium's new initiative in 2016
Brussels, 2 June 2016 – SPIE Belgium, a subsidiary of the SPIE group, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, made a commitment at the end of 2015 to offer 100 days of work to the non-profit sector, in partnership with the Time4Society association.
Thus 100 staff members from SPIE Belgium got involved in social and environmental projects during the spring. Here is an assessment of this brand new initiative.
For over ten years, SPIE Belgium has no longer been making gifts to its customers at the end of the year but has instead been investing this budget in one or more non-profit organisations in Belgium. At the end of 2015, SPIE Belgium wanted to take this further by involving its personnel in this approach to social responsibility. The choice fell on a collaboration with Time4Society, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to match up organisations that require time with companies that are offering it.
For SPIE Belgium, Time4Society selected no fewer than eight projects aimed at benefiting society or the environment, right throughout the country. Out of the activities suggested, the staff from SPIE Belgium were able to choose, in particular, between cleaning up parks and weeding out invasive plants; providing logistical support at a festival for people with disabilities; and refurbishing buildings for an association that is helping adults who face difficulties, etc.
These projects were launched in the spring and came to an end on 31 May 2016. The staff who took part are all very pleased with their involvement and have in fact decided to roll up their sleeves once again next year.
Time4Society tells the same positive story: "The organisations who received the assistance of the SPIE Belgium staff members could not imagine any better help. The participants did indeed give their best, all in an atmosphere of joy and good humour.”
Jean-Pierre Martin, Human Resources Director at SPIE Belgium, added: "In addition to involving our staff in a societal approach and, for our part, lending our support to several organisations, this initiative has also been aimed at uniting our teams in common objectives and forming bonds between our staff members. We are proud of the success of this first initiative and hope to turn this into a long-term approach and to invest a number of days in 2017, once again, in projects that are close to our heart..."