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Schneider Electric supports #GivingTuesday 2018 and involves its employees in 40 countries

  • For 20 years, the Schneider Electric Foundation has been rallying the Group's employees to support its partner associations. Its actions are an integral part of the Schneider Sustainability Impact, which measures Schneider Electric’s non-financial performance
  • The Schneider Electric Foundation is the first corporate foundation to join #GivingTuesday
  • The Foundation launched a call for projects to support the associations that matters to its employees
New Delhi, December 4, 2018Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, through its Foundation, under the aegis of Foundation de France, supported #GivingTuesday 2018. This global movement to promote giving, and a commitment to helping others, was celebrated for the first time on November 27th this year.

“The Schneider Electric Foundation – since its creation – has put the engagement of employees at the heart of its ambition. Through its NGOs partners, it works across the globe thanks to its network of 130 delegates located in the countries where the Group operates. Since 2005, the energy we have put into this program has been an integral part of the Schneider Sustainability Impact and contributes to a fairer and lower-carbon society. Our involvement in #GivingTuesday allows us to federate the energy of the people within Schneider Electric,” said Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainability Senior Vice-President and General Delegate of the Foundation for Schneider Electric

#GivingTuesday by Schneider Electric: Involvement in all its forms

Strengthened by 20 years of experience, the Schneider Electric Foundation wants to highlight the involvement of its employees. #GivingTuesday was the perfect illustration of this philosophy held by the Foundation, which becomes the first corporate-linked foundation to join this initiative in France.

As part of this spirit of local generosity, the Schneider Electric Foundation wanted to embark a large number of countries through this initiative. In total, 40 countries in which Schneider Electric operates contributed to #GivingTuesday 2018: South Africa & English-speaking Africa (East and West Africa), Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Congo, China/Hong Kong, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, the Philippines, the Czech Republic, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Thailand, Vietnam.

Each country developed its own actions in the areas which are most appropriate to its context. The involvement of Schneider Electric employees took many forms. The many actions offered as part of this day is listed on Schneider VolunteerIn, the involvement platform for Schneider Electric employees.

A call for projects that will focus on associations that are important to employees

For #GivingTuesday 2018, the Schneider Electric Foundation launched a call for projects at global level. Through VolunteerIn, each Schneider Electric employee now has one month to introduce and promote an association in which he/she is involved. At the end of this period, the various proposals will be voted for by the employees in each country. Each association with the highest number of votes locally will receive 1,000€. The top three associations in each country will also be able to use the VolunteerIn platform to benefit from the involvement of employees.

This initiative follows the Work life Balance agreement signed on July 5th, 2018 that enables each employee who so wishes to benefit from Schneider Electric’s offer of 20 hours per year to contribute to an association supported by the Foundation.

A high turnout for numerous initiatives within India

On the same lines, Schneider Electric India keenly worked towards promoting #GivingTuesday in India. The company successfully distributed over 2000 Tool Kit Distribution to Electrician Trainee Students across 25 locations. The major cities that have been covered includes Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Puducherry, Vizag, Vijayawada, Srikakaulam, Lucknow, NCR, Jaipur, Patna, Kolkata, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Gandhinagar, Vadodara.

The key community outreach initiatives in India under #GivingTuesday included:

  • Various NGOs being invited to set up their booths and interact with company employees – 7 NGO Booths at Gurgaon, 8 NGO Booths at BGRT, 3 NGO Booths at Bangalore Plants, 1 each at Chennai and Hyderabad Plants.
  • 48 School Bags distributed to school going kids of slum dwellers
  • Employee Volunteers involvement – over 100 employees at all the locations, put together
  • One project has been committed – to provide 100 solar lights to slum dwellers at Bangalore
  • 7 Safety Sessions were conducted for the Electrician Trainees who were invited to various SE locations – BGRT, Gurgaon, 3 Plants at Bangalore, 1 plant each at Chennai and Hyderabad

About the Schneider Electric Foundation

The Schneider Electric Foundation contributes to the discovery and development of all forms of energy to a brighter future especially in a world where social and environmental challenges are more widespread and more urgent than ever. It brings together players committed to driving change in closing the energy gap through education and social innovation, and strives for progress through meaningful action, cooperation and awareness. Ever optimistic, the Schneider Electric Foundation's aim is to help build a fairer, lower-carbon society to give future generations the keys to transform our world.
In 2018, the Foundation ran more than 100 projects, supported 200,000 young people, counted 1,665 days of volunteering and led 1,591 skills sponsorship programs.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

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