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Group SEB is gradually structuring its philanthropic policy around a single powerful focus, one that is very much in line with its humanistic values: combating social exclusion. This policy is the heart of its sponsorship activities, in particular through its Fonds Groupe SEB and numerous subsidiaries’ initiatives. Altogether, the Group spent more than €2.8 million on philanthropic initiatives in 2015, demonstrating its commitment in this area.
Fonds Groupe SEB
In line with the philanthropic activities undertaken by the Company and its subsidiaries, the Groupe SEB Foundation was launched in 2007. In order to be more flexible, the Foundation became an endowment fund: the “Fonds Groupe SEB”. Its objectives are in the wake of the achievements of the Groupe SEB Foundation.
The Fonds Groupe SEB places its emphasis mainly on the fight against exclusion and supports projects which aim to bring people in difficulty back into society, with three main focuses:
- Integration through work
- Education and training
- Housing and healthy eating
- Help to people facing difficulties for health reasons
Actions in the field
In China, for example, Supor has for many years had a policy of supporting school-building to help educate disadvantaged children. Since this project began, Supor has funded 15 Supor Schools (including 2 in 2015) and 5 are still under construction. 430 students took their place in two new schools built in 2014. In addition to financial support, this programme mobilises employees to volunteer and support the schools or donate books.
In Korea, in 2012, the Groupe SEB subsidiary entered into a partnership with the American NGO Child Fund, supporting disadvantaged children. Every year it includes a charity sale in September , with the proceeds going to the organisation, and a festive event for children living in hostels at Christmas time. The staff of the subsidiary are widely involved during these two busy periods.
Local communities and the job pool
Groupe SEB plays an important role in local economic life:
its sites provide numerous jobs,
it provides various forms of support in the creation and development of local companies.
In the event that a site needs to be restructured, iGroupe SEB makes every effort to limit the impact of its decision on the employees and local life. In late 2014, for example, it stopped production of personal scales and kitchen scales at the Rumilly site in France due to continued declines in production volume and market share from Asian competition. This decision had no impact on jobs: the 36 production employees were offered a reassignment within cookware at the same site, as well as individual transfer support (mentoring, training, etc.) aimed at facilitating their reassignment. Moreover, the “Weighing” competence and expertise unit and the “Smart systems” innovation unit employ 11 people and were maintained at Rumilly.
Marry economic and social
Groupe SEB accepts its economic and social responsibility in the regions where it is located. In addition to the jobs it generates, it supports the development of local businesses, especially players in the non-profit and social sectors. Whenever possible, it favours use of companies with a social mission, helping persons in difficulty to find employment. To do this, it incorporates social provisions in its calls for tenders. By the end of 2014 such clauses had been adopted in Europe for the procurement groupings of warehousing, waste management, brochures and promotional materials, and catering. At the local level, a great many initiatives are undertaken by the sites. In the USA, for example, the Canonsburg site (All-Clad) worked for some 15 years with a local community organisation, Life’s Work, which employs people with disabilities, hiring Life’s Work for metal recycling and product packaging.
Contributing to debate on social issues
The Group is also an active member of the community. It maintains links with local organisations and takes part in social issues such as nutrition, health or ageing, topics that also involve its research and development teams.
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