We understand that our local companies know best what initiatives will provide most benefit to the communities in which they operate. Thus, many of our community engagement projects are run and financed by local staff who also offer their voluntary service.
We want to support and contribute to local communities wherever we operate, in whatever ways we can.
We do so in various manners, such as helping to integrate marginalised groups into the labour market and offering opportunities for personal and professional advancement. We also engage in activities designed to improve the quality of life and standard of living for local people This happens through our numerous community involvement programmes all over the world, that are targetted at different beneficiaries.
This year, the canteen at the Grundfos headquarters in Denmark reduced more than 40%, or 13 tonnes of food waste. The canteen also delivered 3 tonnes of food to socially marginalised people and the remaining food waste was converted into eco-friendly fertiliser for local farms.
Grundfos Hungary discovered that many of their employees were worried about what their children would do during the summer holidays, since they would not be under a caretaker.
Hence, a fun and exciting summer programme was held for 128 children, including both employees' children and from a local orphange. The children had 3 weeks of activities about sports, sustainability and dance, and were given small gifts and a 'diploma' at the end.
In August, the tropical storm Harvey flooded thousands of homes and left some employees trapped and unable to leave their neighbourhoods.
Employees from all around the country drove hundreds of kilometres to help distressed colleagues by bringing food, clothing and other necessities.
In practice: Improving the quality of education in India
Grundfos India partnered with the Madhi Foundation, an NGO in the education sector that aims to bridge the equity gap in education for children. Its 'Transformational Academic Programme' (TAP) operated in 42 classrooms in Chennai.
The programme aimed to improve the language proficiency of teachers and their knowledge in the latest teaching-learning techniques. At the same time, it reformed the learning environment of students. It takes a data-driven approach to attaining higher order literacy and numerical skills. Both students and teachers under the programme performed better than their peers outside the programme.