2013 was a challenging year for many people in Spain and Portugal, not least because of high unemployment. In this context, the continued expansion of Transcom’s operations in these markets is especially pleasing. Also, we have executed several corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives during the year. One recent example is a project we worked on this Christmas.
Christmas is a time for giving, sharing and spending time with family and friends. But it is also a time to reflect on and be thankful for all the things we have achieved during the year.
With this thought in mind, Transcom Iberia & Latin America decided to use our Christmas present budget for our clients in a different way. We donated parts of the budget to different Non-Governmental Organizations in the region and to the fund our colleagues in Transcom Philippines created for those affected by the Haiyan typhoon.
The associations we chose were:
- Spanish Red Cross: With our donation they distributed 160 pre-paid cards to be used to help families to cover their basic nutritional needs.
- Aldeas Infantiles SOS España: Thanks to Transcom’s donation, they gave school meal grants to children of disfavored families.
- Pablo Ugarte Association: They could afford some Christmas presents for cancer-affected and sick children in four hospitals in Spain. Our employees also participated in the delivery in Madrid.
- AFPAD in Portugal: They used the money from Transcom to buy Christmas presents for disabled children.
Finally, and with the aim of involving all our employees, we organized a lottery to raise money for our colleagues in the Philippines, affected by the typhoon. All the money we received from the ballot sale, was added to money that the region had allocated to this project.
In the end, we sent our clients a less expensive – but maybe more meaningful – present, sharing our initiative with them. We have received very good feedback.