Brussels, 1 February 2016 – SPIE Belgium, a subsidiary of the SPIE group, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, is making a commitment, in collaboration with the Time4Society association, to offer 100 working days so that its employees can get involved in social and environmental projects in 2016.
For over ten years, SPIE Belgium has had the tradition of not giving end-of-year gifts to its clients but of allocating this budget to one or more associations in Belgium. This year, SPIE Belgium has decided to offer time for the setting up of public-interest projects. To bring this new initiative to fruition, SPIE Belgium has established a partnership with Time4Society, a not-for-profit association specializing in societal "team building activities".
Employees of SPIE Belgium selected from those who wish to be volunteer will thus be able to participate in one of the projects with the social or environmental purpose adopted by SPIE. 40 days will be offered in the region of Brussels, 20 in the region of Grobbendonk-Antwerp, 20 more in the region of Aalter-Ghent and 20 in Wallonia. These projects, which will be launched in spring, will cover very diverse areas – park clean-ups and uprooting of invasive plants, logistical support at a festival for people with disabilities, refurbishment of buildings for an association helping adults facing difficulties, etc.
Johan Dekempe, Managing Director of SPIE Belgium, is particularly proud of this new initiative. “Until last year, we gave a cheque for €15,000 to be divided between three associations, i.e. €5,000 each, which represented a relatively modest amount for associations with significant needs. This is why we have decided to invest time and to involve our employees in this social initiative. We are thus providing very concrete and practical help to a number of associations in the 4 regions in which the divisions of SPIE Belgium (Building Systems, Industry, Infrastructure and Services) are based."
Time4Society, for its part, welcomes SPIE Belgium’s commitment and is pleased to support the company in carrying out the projects. "SPIE’s initiative is an excellent example of what a company can do to give concrete form to its social responsibility in the eyes of its employees", said Géraldine Van houte, CSR Advisor at Time4Society.