500 days for humankind and for nature
SIX Group volunteers put their heart and soul (and muscle power) once more to good use during the Social Days this autumn.
They tore up trees and bushes, at Neeracherried and the Kienberger gypsum pit. At the Grosses Moos they dug up stones, while on the Probstenberg they were busy piling them up to make dry stone walls. The SIX Group employees didn't shy away from hard work in trying to create valuable habitats or niche environments for animals and plants alike. In other places they were breaking down barriers, such as when they helped people with physical or mental disabilities to staple together booklets for Zurich city police. Some volunteers helped teenagers improve their applications and interviewing techniques for apprenticeships, and others spent a day with people from migrant backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to practice their German.
The Social Days are part of SIX Group's pledge to society and the environment; the company gives each employee one working day's leave from the office to go and get involved in a charitable project. A SIX Group employee then assumes the role of project manager, working in coordination with the partner organization.
The interest shown by employees for the Social Days this year was both overwhelming and pleasing: almost all the events in spring and autumn were fully booked. In total, almost 500 of the 2,600 employees in Switzerland took part in a Social Day, equating to a fifth of the company's staff.
SIX Group worked in partnership this year with the following organizations (websites are not available in English):