In its charitable work, Hungarian Group company UNION Biztosító places a special emphasis on forging long-term partnerships as well as supporting children and young people. It has been working with charities Nem Adom Fel Alapítvány (Never Give up Foundation) and KézenFogva Alapítvány (Hand in Hand Association) since 2016. Nem Adom Fel Alapítvány helps young people with disabilities to access the job market. Its work also includes providing childcare, meals and activity programmes for children who are suffering from poverty. A particular focus of UNION Biztosító’s partnership with the foundation is the Never Give up Café and Bar, where 90% of the staff have disabilities. The company also provides backing for the foundation’s centres and camps for young people with disabilities. KézenFogva Alapítvány runs trainee programmes and workshops designed to assist 15-24 year-olds who have special needs during the difficult transition between school and working life.
Established in 2001, the organisation Bátor Tábor works with seriously ill children and supports families who have suffered the loss of a child. It is part of the SeriousFun Childrenʼs Network set up by Paul Newman and throughout the year organises free therapeutic leisure-time activity programmes for children with serious illnesses. UNION Biztosító has been helping Bátor Tábor in a variety of ways for over 15 years now – providing Social Active Day programme volunteers for example.
The company also supports KórházSuli (Hospital School), a charity that helps children who have to spend long periods in hospital or at home with their school work. The teachers and trainee teachers who provide the tutoring are all volunteers.
On top of all this, UNION Biztosító has set up an internal ambassador programme. Its staff can apply to become ambassadors on issues that are particularly important to the company, such as CSR, health, diversity, climate change and animal welfare. The ambassadors are the faces of the programme and they have an impact that extends far beyond the intranet. The UNION Ambassadors are chosen in elections and serve for one year. Examples of the initiatives that they have organised include litter collecting on Budapest’s Gellért Hill, an employee bike tour, first aid training, visits to an animal shelter, and collecting donations of old clothes, books and toys for people in need.