We strive to play a responsible and active role in the communities in which we operate around the world, getting involved at a local level through a wide range of initiatives.
As a global company with many local operations, we are well placed to act as a catalyst, bringing stakeholders together to drive projects and initiatives that make a positive difference, like our school feeding programmes and Dairy Hub initiatives. We draw on our expertise in food protection, our long-time experience in many markets and our strong relationships with a broad range of other organizations to develop practical solutions to local problems around the world.
Through our partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we are supporting smallholders around the world, boosting capacity and helping them develop the competences they need to manage forests effectively. For example, in China, we are supporting the establishment of the China Sustainable Paper Alliance and the roll-out of a Sustainable Paper Campaign later in 2016. In Indonesia, we are working with local NGOs to raise awareness of sustainable sourcing, including through the revamped Eyes on the Forest website.
We work with local stakeholders to attract apprentices and trainees, many of whom have not previously had a formal education. As well as offering industry training, we help participants to develop transferable skills in areas including time management, business writing, project management and interviews. We also offer mentoring and host workshops to help apprentices make informed career decisions and become positive role models for other young people.
These programmes help to grow the local economy in the communities in which we work. They also enhance our reputation as an employer of choice and build up a talent pool for the future.
Consumers have huge potential to bring about environmental change, both in terms of making active purchasing choices and by recycling used packages. We work in partnership with local communities and our customers to engage and empower students and consumers. Read about how we are encouraging recycling and raising awareness of Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) labeling.
The Tetra Laval Group remains committed to providing funding for disaster relief, but it is our long-standing relationships with the communities in which we operate that enable us to support efforts on the ground. With operations in more than 170 countries, it’s likely that either Tetra Pak or one of our partners is close to the scene and able to respond rapidly.
When disaster strikes and infrastructure fails, getting medicines, food and water to where they are needed becomes the top priority. We first look to our own value chain to provide donations in kind, and because our aseptic technology allows food to be delivered safely without chilled transportation, we have been able to support the distribution of water and food in the aftermath of earthquakes, floods and droughts.
More than 1 million people were reportedly affected by the earthquake that struck the coast of Ecuador in April 2016. The Tetra Laval Group Board agreed to donate €300,000 to the relief efforts, and committed to working with our customers to secure the distribution of milk, water and other essential supplies to those in need. The board also agreed to donate €500,000 to UNICEF and Save the Children to support their work to help children affected by the refugee crisis in Syria.
Most charitable donations and contributions to relief projects are made through our parent company, Tetra Laval.
For example, during the last few years, we have donated €250,000 to Hand-in-Hand, an international non-profit organization that aims to reduce poverty through social mobilization, business training and access to micro-credits to create new jobs. We have also donated €150,000 to Caritas for a project in Kenya. Caritas is committed to analysing and fighting poverty and social exclusion as well as promoting human development, social justice and sustainable social systems.
Tetra Laval is also a partner to Mentor, a leading international NGO fighting drug use and substance abuse throughout the world, and FoodBank in Australia, a non-profit organization that acts as a pantry for charities and community groups.
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