A1 Telekom Austria Group's social commitment has a long tradition in all its countries of operation. Following the motto of "together into a liveable, more just and environmentally friendly future", the subsidiaries implement additional social projects and programs. Thes meet local requirements and involve local communities. Often times, thes programs are supported by A1 Telekom Austria Group employees in the framework of corporate volunteering.
In Austria, A1 supports the charity "Licht ins Dunkel", which helps children with special needs and their parents.
A1 in Bulgaria supports important organizations that care about social needs that contribute to a better life. Priority is given to organizations working for disadvantaged children and people with special needs. More Information: Foster Care and Eyes on 4 Paws.
Croatia: "Do The Right Thing" www.cinipravustvar.hr, a unique social network bringing people that are willing to provide support together. It raises awareness for a particular topic or brings people together that need support. The Croatian subsidiary uses their expert knowledge on communication and technology. Through raising awareness for various social topics makes support possible.
The Croatian subsidiary also, organizes education workshops for NGOs and social companies to teach them how to develop communication and IT skills in campaigns.
Belarus: The most famous social project of the company is #velcombegom. This project is a charitable sports initiative aimed at helping children in need and children's medical institutions, and also at promoting healthy lifestyle. Furthermore the company launched a new large scale social initiative called “velcom YOUTH” for teenagers who want to share their ideas in field of technology, сulture and inclusion all over the world. velcom YOUTH is organized in collaboration with local Ministry of Education and TEDxMinsk conference in the format of TED Talks.
A1 in Slovenia supports the “Art with a Bigger Purpose” Project. The project - spearheaded by the NGO Nordic Art Initiative, aims at creating an encouraging and comforting environment for the youngest patients at the Pediatric Clinic in Ljubljana. As one of the partner's projects A1 Slovenija sponsored the original mural The Seasons (Letni časi), which uses an innovative approach in tying together the analog and digital worlds. This work by two Hungarian artists (Fat Heat and Bea Pantya) comes to life in front of children's eyes with the help of a special app. This is the first augmented reality mural in Slovenia.
Republic of North Macedonia: Following the motto "Because we care", the macedonian subsidiary regulary supports people in need. Voluntary measures implemented by employees mainly focus on socially responsible activities. Thus, its employees donate food, clothes, books, articles of hygiene and toys to socially disadvantaged people. Traditionally emplayees are part of the blood donation activities.
As part of the cook2help project run in cooperation with Caritas Austria, A1 staff throughout Austria cook for a good cause. Volunteers go to institutions that help, for example, the deprived and homeless, young drug addicts, underage refugees or children with disabilities.
Within the framework of the media literacy initiative "A1 Internet for All" in Austria employees accompany children and adults on their journey through the Internet. From apprentices to board members: Everyone who works at A1 is called upon to spend one day a year helping out at an "A1 Internet for All" workshop.
Since 2014 the employees of Croatia are encouraged to do voluntary work as part of its social responsibility program "Do the right thing". Members of staff can choose a type of voluntary work from among the many listed in the local Intranet and then register online. The company subsequently coordinates the arrangements with the local NGOs. Activities range from work with children and the elderly to educational and environmental activities.
At A1 in Slovenia, employees have supported the "Senior hours" and "A1 Slovenija data hours" workshops to promote digital skills among the elderly.
By donating funds to numerous institutions and foundations, the serbian subsidiary is trying to improve the conditions and quality of life of different social groups. Together with the “Serbian Autism Association”, that helps people with autism, there was launched a digital platform for informing and advising families of people with autism and opened the first Work Center for people with autism. In order to raise their health care to an higher level, Vip mobile equipped medical rooms in five cities of the Republic of Serbia.
In contrast to Slovenia and the Republic of Serbia, the subsidiary of the Republic of North-Macedonia has put the focus on helping children to use the Internet safely. The workshops are actively supported by the company's employees.