As we move forward after two challenging years, an additional category of Community Projects was added to recognize and encourage the work our teams carry out with local communities.
The team from Vizag, Automotive OE, India won this award for their ‘Safety Awareness in the Community’ project. This project covers all site activities by providing safety briefings and education to local school children and students, safety communication to the community and families of the employees. The winner stood out because of the impressive commitment to promote safety awareness in the communities through 5 C’s: Culture, Collaboration, Communication, Commitment and Contribution.
The judging panel made four additional Commendations:
Maizuru plant, Automotive OE, Japan: ‘Implementation of work-site vaccination’
The project team implemented an Anti-Covid Vaccination Center on site to accelerate the vaccination of employees, their families and local residents. This included a number of organizational challenges and required close cooperation with the community.
Procurement function: ‘Handknitted wall mural’
Procurement function commissioned a handknitted wall mural “Changing our Surroundings, Improving our World” from our partner KOCO. KOCO was established to provide employment to women in the Tamil Nadu region of India where women gain skills, a social network and, critically, an independent wage enabling them to send their children to school.
VASA Llavallol, Architectural Glass, Argentina: ‘VASA Community Day and Environment Month with a social and environmental impact gift’
This project involves all activities by the VASA team at Community Day, Environmental Month and Sustainability Month. Engagement of Employees and their families, several workshops, planting trees, games and gifts.
Munro plant, Automotive AGR and OE, Argentina: ‘Donation and recycling of wooden crates’
AGR crates are returned from customers and reused. The project team organized damaged crates which can no longer be used to be donated for social projects to produce other timber items or wood for cooking.
The judges received 34 highly esteemed applications. The awarded projects demonstrate an impressive creativity, flexibility and engagement to care and help communities in environmental and, first and foremost, social aspects.