A week of promoting solidarity

merci AlexThe first Orange Volunteering Week was held from 17 to 22 September 2012. More than 6,000 Group employees are involved in volunteer work, both in France and through the various foundations and affiliates around the world.
This week-long event, which focused on employees’ commitment to humanitarian and social causes, aimed to promote employee volunteering. It was an opportunity to raise managers’ awareness of the altruism and true wealth of their team members.
Throughout the week, volunteers were encouraged to talk about and share their experiences so everyone could learn more about the importance of what they do.

Volunteers around the world

The human element is ever present, and always at the heart of our approach. A universal fictional character named Alex (in France, Mikolaj in Poland, Aya in Ivory Coast, etc.), in whom volunteers in France and abroad recognised themselves, was developed for the communications campaign. He/she was the mascot for the event, and the element that tied it all together.

Highlighting actions to encourage interest

More than 400 actions and events were held during Orange Volunteering Week, both to bring volunteers to the attention of their managers and other employees, and for the benefit of people outside the Group.
A few examples of the different events held throughout the Group.

Strong involvement in France, with more than 200 events

> Several dozen digital workshops were held in cities including Marseille, Toulon, Reims, Lille, Orléans, Rouen, Rennes, Lannion, Nancy, and Lyon. The participants received certificates.
> A charity rummage sale in Lille featuring 10 m3 of equipment brought in €3,500 for autism.
> Charity bake sales offering homemade cakes and pastries made by employees in 9 towns in the PACA region raised more that €5,000 for autism.
> 25 sites in Normandie Centre ran children’s clothing drives for the Secours Populaire.
> Close to ten humanitarian construction projects like the one in Orléans, where 20 employees spent their Saturday building a space for disabled children.
> Events to recognise and promote volunteers and charities in Toulouse (200 volunteers and 37 charities), Montpellier (150 volunteers and 22 charities), le Castelet (150 people), Reims and Lille (100 people), …
> Charity Forums at the Orange Village (40 charities) and in Lyon (20 charities), Nancy, Strasbourg, Dijon,…
> Promotion of employees’ projects and presentations by charities including Forces Femmes in Marseille and Lille, Secours Populaire in Reims and Tours, the Red Cross inà Arcueil, Habitats&Humanisme in Lyon, and presentations by local politicians in Bordeaux, le Castelet, Lyon,…
> Orange Sings choirs in Orléans, Tours, Rouen, Lannion, Metz,…

In 16 other Group countries

> Armenia: Competency philanthropy proposed throughout the week, with dozens of employees available to help NGOs, schools and healthcare centres with marketing, accounting and using Internet.
> Ivory Coast: Used and new book drive to help create libraries in one of the schools supported by the Orange Foundation. Employees also helped to build/renovate schools in a village.
> Spain: Employees took part in a graffiti workshop with children with autism, prepared a meal for more than 600 underprivileged people, and more.
> India: Computers donated to schools and children with autism invited to visit the Orange Business Services buildings.
> Kenya: Employees visited a hospital to support and encourage cancer patients and helped renovate a centre for children with autism.
> Madagascar: More than 30 employees volunteered to provide leaders in difficult neighbourhoods with mobile phones and laptops and to provide training for them.
> Mali: Employees were involved in a blood drive, visited children in the SOS village in Sanankoroba and collected money for refugee children from northern Mali living in Bamako.
> Mauritius: Dozens of events and 50 Orange volunteers mobilised to protect nature at the Ile-aux-Aigrettes nature reserve.
> Uganda: Employees planted fruit trees outside 5 schools in Kampala.
> Poland: Partnership with the network of Orange shops to promote volunteer efforts at the country’s 32 company sites, impacting 10,000 employees.
> Dominican Republic: Employees distributed school supplies, organised cultural outings for underprivileged children and set up IT rooms in orphanages.
> Romania: Orange picnic to raise money for four rural preschools; employees cleaned up natural areas in 2 towns followed by a free open-air film for local residents and Orange volunteers.
> Slovakia: Employees collected phones to recycle and took alternative modes of transportation.
> Senegal: In the wake of flooding, employee volunteers helped to renovate the Philipe Maguilène Senghor Hospital and distributed treated mosquito nets in the flood zone.
> Tunisia: Orange employees distributed school supply kits and bicycles to children at the Ouled Dhifallah school in the northwest of the country.
> UK: Orange Group teams hosted charity events on 3 sites: Paddington, Leeds and Bristol. They raised more than £4,000 for their partner NGOs.

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