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Aiming to be responsible corporate citizens, we are engaged in sharing our know-how, expertise and best practices, enhancing added value and benefits for all key stakeholders. To this end, we also focus on minimizing potential negative impacts or disturbances caused by our activities.

We devote time and donate cement, other building materials, equipment and money to support community projects in all regions in which we operate. Our programs are long-term and address local challenges. We invest mainly in raising awareness through education and training, and support initiatives related to environmental protection, tree planting and reforestation.

Our community investments also focus mainly on areas related to our business – occupational safety and accident prevention, skill and competence building for employees, environmental stewardship. We share our know-how, experience and best practices, participate in collective efforts and form partnerships that generate multiplier effects and create added value for stakeholders at a all levels.

Community relations have been identified as a key issue in all countries where TITAN operates. Branching out and adding value from best practices applied at local levels as well as continuous efforts to motivate exchanges with other enterprises and key stakeholders directs all communication efforts undertaken by TITAN, as for example with TITAN’s UN Global Compact campaign.

In our recently updated web page we have introduced a new tool titled “CSR in Action”  where we host all practices and initiatives undertaken by TITAN, filed in different categories by stakeholder group, region and country, scope and year.

In 2008 we focused on the continuation of all our programs for community development and cooperation with emphasis on our long-term endeavours. Group donations amounted to €1,736 million.

Vocational Training Program to combat youth unemployment

In 1990 TITAN launched a Vocational Training Program aimed to combat youth unemployment in the Patras area where a Group plant operates. Following its initial success this program has been repeated every two or three years in that Greek region.

In 2005 this pioneering training initiative was replicated by TITAN in Usje, FYROM where youth unemployment is high. Its implementation in collaboration with Skopje’s Kisela Voda Municipality has been as successful there as in Patras.

In 2008, we completed the second stage of this program in the region with 15 participants completing both theoretical and practical training successfully.

 

Open-plant Days

After completion of the modernization project at our plant in Zlatna Panega (Bulgaria), an open plant day was organized in November 2008, hosting more than 150 people from surrounding communities, local authorities, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders. Visitors toured the facility and had the opportunity to see the recent improvements that place the plant among the top facilities in the industry.

Open-plant days have been organized for different stakeholder groups at most of our cement plants. Also two special open-plant events were held in TITAN’s Thessaloniki and Patras facilities in cooperation with Cembureau.


  

Restoration of fire-stricken areas

One of our top priorities last year was to provide support to fire-stricken areas. In keeping with our commitment, €1 million was given to the national fund created for the restoration of the areas affected by fires in 2007.

Moreover in 2008, TITAN continued the implementation of an action plan that included:

  • The provision of more than 100,000 saplings in Greece as part of our reforestation program.
  • The implementation of the program titled “The Day After”, undertaken by the Hellenic Network for CSR in collaboration with the NGO Praksis in Ilia and Evia. 
  • The donation of trees and the participation with more than 300 volunteers in the restoration of fire-stricken areas in FYROM. 
  • The collaboration with the Municipality of Oleni for the construction of a 5x5 football field with donations from Group employees and matching funds from TITAN.

Additionally, TITAN provided hydroseeding equipment and personnel for the greening of the area surrounding ancient Olympia (mount Cronion).

Last but not least, TITAN provided technical equipment and trucks to help fire-fighting in the Rhodes island last year.