We aim to make a positive contribution to the local communities in which we operate.
Story of the month: FLSmidth Mexico employees donate clothes to children’s home
In early 2023, FLSmidth Mexico organised a collection of clothes to donate to the children of Casa Hogar Douglas - a children’s home located in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. For more than 50 years, the home has operated as a refuge for children and adolescents who have been deprived of their safety and family support. It was founded as a support institute for children from the surrounding areas who had no one to care for them.
According to Casa Hogar’s director, Betty Almaraz, the main objective of the institution is to solve the needs of family environment and warm attention to children who have been left in helplessness.
"With the summer coming up, we wanted to help provide all the children with suitable clothes for the hot weather expected,” says Jessica Vielma, who organised the initiative for FLSmidth Mexico.
“We provided three sets of summer clothes for 32 children. We were given a list of all the children’s names and their clothes sizes, so we could collect clothes that we knew they could wear right away.”
The clothes, which were donated by employees at FLSmidth Mexico, were handed over at a pizza picnic at the home attended by several FLSmidth employees.
“It was a very special day for us to attend and wonderful for us to see the clothes handed over to the children,” says Jessica Vielma.
Alex Herrera, Mining Sales Director, FLSmidth Mexico, comments, “We are proud to have supported such a good community cause in an area close to our offices in Mexico."
Enabling local development
We aim to make a positive contribution to the local communities in which we operate and support a wide array of local programmes in different regions around the world.
Growing Trees Network
FLSmidth & Co. A/S Donation Fund
- Improving primary school education
Collaborating with the humanitarian relief organisation ForAfrika, we provided donations towards the renovation of two schools in the Phola township in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The kitchens and plumbing will be revamped, improving water hygiene, and classrooms will be repainted and equipped with better resources.
For the past nine years, FLSmidth South Africa has helped to fund maths and science educators at the Kingsway Christian School, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg. In 2022, we doubled our contribution to the school, helping to also provide daily nutritious meals to students.
- Local activities
In Chile, we partnered with the Complementa Foundation, which supports families with children with Down’s syndrome, participating in a football match to encourage motor, cognitive and social skills development.
In Tiabaya, Peru, employees from our Arequipa Supercenter delivered sanitary items and gifts to the Hogarcito de Niños Especiales San José Benito Cottolengo home for children with special needs. They spent time at the school singing, dancing and chatting with the children, teachers and volunteers.
In India, we provided financial support to the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 held in Chennai in July 2022.
FLSmidth Brazil supported various social projects to assist vulnerable people with donations totalling BRL 215,000 (USD 42,000).
Contributions from employees at FLSmidth Tucson Operations (US) resulted in more than 300 toys and bikes being donated to a Salvation Army Christmas programme supporting children in need.
- Inspiring young people in the sciences
- In August 2022, more than 100 families participated in the annual FLSmidth Science Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, US. Volunteers shared their passion for and experience in science, engineering and mining with local families. The event featured 12 science workstations with hands-on experiments designed to inspire young people.
- Local biodiversity
In partnership with the Growing Trees Network, we are currently planting around 12,000 trees in Denmark, Uganda, Kenya and Ecuador. This initiative was announced to mark FLSmidth’s acquisition of Mining Technologies. In addition, we launched an initiative in Denmark to plant a tree for each new employee, who receives a certificate acknowledging the tree. The programme will be implemented globally through 2023.
- Support to Ukraine
- We donated DKK 2 million to various humanitarian organisations, including UNICEF, Save the Children and the Red Cross, to support victims of the war in Ukraine.
Donation fund, DenmarkThrough our non-profit FLSmidth & Co. A/S Donation Fund, we aim to contribute approximately DKK 400,000 (USD 60,000) each year to a range of community projects, institutions and museums in Denmark and the US.
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