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A team of Al Salem Johnson Controls visits the Help Center in Jeddah to offer volunteer work in organizing and arranging the toys’ warehouse
As part of its corporate social responsibility program, a team of Al Salem Johnson Controls conducted a visit to the Help Center in Jeddah – a center that specializes in the education and rehabilitation of children with special needs aged between 4 to 20 years – to offer volunteer work in organizing and arranging the toys’ warehouse. The team also took a tour around the Center to learn more about the different departments within the center and meet some of the children and communicate with them. The visit was concluded with a donation made by the company to the Center.
The initiative is part of a global volunteer program named ‘Blue Sky’ that Johnson Controls Inc. runs for its staff around the world. Dr. Mohanad AlShaikh, CEO of Al Salem Johnson Controls, emphasized on the company’s commitment and responsibility towards the local community, and said: “We are always looking out for good opportunities to be able to serve the local society in Saudi Arabia. We encourage and support our employees to get engaged in voluntary and charitable work, be it ‘Blue Sky’ or other programs that we have in place.”
‘Blue Sky’ is a global program that entices the employees of Johnson Controls Inc. around the world to provide voluntary work in the form of support and assistance to local charities and non-profit or educational institutions, focusing mainly on areas such as environmental conservation and social education and service. A project team consisting of 5 to 100 volunteers from the workforce would get together and agree on an idea, then submit it on the company’s e-gate highlighting all details related to it, e.g. objectives, name of charity, tactics, etc. A special committee within the company will then review the idea and, if approved, the volunteers will receive a symbolic funding to be able to execute it, or an amount that is then donated to the selected charity.
The program was launched in 2006, and till the year 2014, there were 7,000 projects conducted across the world, involving 111,900 employees who carried out a total of 973,969 volunteering hours.