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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2014
Henkel Poland Communications Director Dorota Strosznajder (middle) and her project partners Agnieszka Kramm (left) and Anna Jachimiak of the Fundacja Miejsce Kobiet (Women’s Place Foundation) are leading the project for long-term unemployed women in Poland.
After winning a 50,000 euros grant as an MIT Anniversary Project in 2013, a team of Henkel employees helped several unemployed Polish women get back on the job market.
Losing a job doesn’t just mean loss of income; it can also mean a loss of a feeling of self-worth and one’s place in society. The first round of “On The Way To Work” ran from October 2013 through June 2014 and was designed to help 60 long-term unemployed Polish women to successfully come back on the job market.
Coordinated in cooperation with Henkel Polska and the Warsaw-based Fundacja Miejsce Kobiet (Women’s Place Foundation), the project was able to address both social and professional needs through several initiatives. During the course of the project, 21 women from Henkel Polska worked together with the participants to build supportive and empowering relationships.
Dorota Strosznajder, the project’s originator and leader from Henkel Polska, said the volunteers from Henkel acted as mentors and role models, sharing their own experiences.
The project has already seen its first successes. By October 2014, 27 women of the 60 involved had already found new jobs. Others are participating in recruitment processes or in additional vocational training in order to gain new skills to start new career paths. The second round of the project began in October 2014 with another group of 20 long-term unemployed women.
of paid time off were given to Henkel employees in order to participate in team volunteering in 2014. With these hours, Henkel helped about 4,800 people worldwide.
were supported by Henkel all over the world in 2014. The projects represented all four pillars of our corporate citizenship program and spanned the areas of social needs; education and science; health and fitness; arts and culture; and environmental issues.
in financial donations were provided by Henkel and the “Fritz Henkel Stiftung” foundation in 2014. The donations helped more than one million people worldwide.
Using photos cut out of magazines, Dorota Rêbisz, Magdalena Chęć-Nogalska and Emilia Nocoń (from left to right) created collages about themselves to get a better understanding of their goals and dreams.
The “On the Way to Work” project empowered unemployed women to further develop the skills they need to get back on their feet professionally.
Henkel supports women with a comprehensive training program to help them get back on the job market. Here is a review of the first round of the successful program, which ran from October 2013 through June 2014.
Dorota Strosznajder explains how Henkel helps long-term unemployed women get back on the job market.
Corporate citizenship has been an integral part of our culture ever since our establishment by Fritz Henkel in 1876. This is supported by the four pillars of our corporate citizenship program: corporate volunteering, social partnerships, brand engagement and emergency aid. The creation of the “Fritz Henkel Stiftung” foundation in 2011 underscores our commitment to social involvement that goes beyond direct business interests.