A company in operation naturally ends up generating impacts on society, especially on the communities located in its surroundings, and it has responsibilities in this regard. The impacts generated may be positive (ranging from promoting employment with an impact on the local economy to meeting local demands for the sustainable development of these communities) and negative (causing harmful social, environmental and economic impacts on the local population). In this context, we have operations in 46 industrial parks located in twelve countries, with different cultures and realities, where the local communities are subject to different impacts and have different needs.
Something that facilitates this process for us is that our good relationship with local communities is something cultural, which has been going on since the first years of our activities, through the positioning of our founders. An example is CENTROWEG (Youth Training Center), the first major project that started in 1968 and remains very relevant for the company today.
Another example of our work in this regard was the “Social Integration Circle -CIS”. The program, created in 1980, was formed by the wives of the directors and coordinated by a social assistant. It was developed through a socioeconomic research to know the reality of the employees in their homes. With the results, the company started to develop programs aimed at improving the life quality of employees and their families in an assistance and preventive manner through guidance. The program lasted 25 years.
These are examples of how this history of good relations with the community was especially important for our internal culture of relations with local communities, helping us in the risks, opportunities and new challenges of today.
Being a volunteer is to give your time, work and talent to the causes of the community and social interest, thus improving the life quality of the people affected by such action.
Volunteering has increasingly become a two-way street, where generosity and self-giving are not the only things involved, but also the opening for new experiences, opportunities for learning, pleasure in being useful, expansion of social networking and professional development.
WEG believes that one of the essential components of volunteering is the experience of the volunteers, their professional background and life experience in the family and community. In order to be a volunteer, it is not necessary to be a specialist; it just requires motivation and interest in this noble act of helping people.
WEG Volunteering programs offer an opportunity for the employees that want actively to take part in the community, conveying knowledge by means of their experiences and skills.
The so-called Solidary Actions are projects and events that take place throughout the year and are offered to the volunteers. In 2022, we ended the year with 2415 employees registered at our bank, of which 1059 participated in at least 1 (one) solidarity action, accounting for 11,420 hours of work in the 118 actions carried out in the community, impacting more than 74,346 people.
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WEG seeks to positively impact the local communities where it operates.
This Social Investment Policy seeks to support the applications for social projects that promote social inclusion, health, education and culture, which are important to stimulate a fairer society with more opportunities and quality of life for people.
To define criteria and procedures to use financial, human and material resources in Social Investment, establishing a relationship with the community in social actions, in line with WEG’s Mission, Vision, Purpose and Values.
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We invested BRL 20,700,000 (twenty million, seven hundred thousand reais) in 95 projects supported in 2021, with 75% of the resources being directed to the micro-region of Jaraguá do Sul, where around 50% of the number of employees is concentrated. of the group.