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 subsidiariesimplement additional social projects and programmes. Thes meet local requirements and involve local communities. Often times, thes programmes 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. It also supported the organisation "Specialisterne Austria", whose goal it is to integrate persons with autism spectrum disorders into the labour market.
A1 Bulgaria supports the "Generation with a Future" programme consits of four pillras: "Foster the Future", cares for neglected children, an "Education with a Future" promotes children's education and talents, "Athletes with a Future" is committed to promoting the sporting aspirations of young people and "Environmeantal Youth Developement" helps sensisting children and aolescents for matters of environmental protection.
Vipnet: "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 togehter that need support. All those who create a user profile for themselves can particpate, set themselves personal goals and then select the organisation they wish to dedicate this goal to. Vipnet uses their expert knowledge on communication and technology. Through raising awareness for various social topics, Vipnet makes support possible.
In Belarus, velcom put its focus on supporting people with hearing diabilities in the form of hearing aids, special smart phones and tablets. Furthermore, paediatric wards are supported in teh framework of the "It's so easy to do things" programme. Partnering with the National History Museum of Belarus, the Museum for Kids Together with velcom initiative focusses on passing on and preserving the cultural heritag of Belarus. Thereby, velcom modernised the technical equipment in all showrooms to, above all, attract the interest of young visitors.
In Slovenia, youth unemployment respresents a major social challenge. During the "Party with a Cause" event held by Si.mobil's more than 20,000 young party-goers were given the chance to decide who would receive the collected donations.
As part of the New Year's Eve charity programme, Vip mobile and its customers financially supported the "Plavka Skoljka" (Blue Shell) association of parents of disabled children in the course of the opening of the Centre for Education and Support in Belgrade. The centre is equipped with supporting technologies that make it possible for children with various disabilities to communicate. Furthermore, a "Study Train" travels all across Serbia to support and educate using psychological and therapeutic measures on how to use thes supporting technolgies.Following the motto "Because we care", one.Vip regulary supports people in need. Voluntary measures implemented by one.Vip's employees mainly focus on socially responsivle activities. Thus, its employees donate food, clothes, books, articles of hygiene and toys to socialla disadvanteged people.
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. And A1's staff also support Caritas at Christmas: in 2013 they collected and donated toys that were in good condition, and in 2014 school supplies. And within the framework of the media literacy initiative "A1 Internet for All" 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.
Vipnet in Croatia encourages its employees to do voluntary work as part of its social responsibility programme "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. Vipnet subsequently coordinates the arrangements with the local NGOs. Activities range from work with children and the elderly to educational and environmental activities. In 2014 "Do the Right Thing" received the international Stevie Award.
At Si.mobil in Slovenia, employees have supported the "Senior hours" and "Si.mobil data hours" workshops since 2013 as volunteers, to promote digital skills among the elderly. In addition, from 2011 to 2013 Si.mobil participated in the biggest Slovenian voluntary initiative Simbioz@ "e-literate Slovenia".
In Serbia too, the focus is on the older generation: In 2014 Vip mobile launched its "Vip Digital Workshop for Senior Citizens" to give the "offliners" access to the digital knowledge society and promote media literacy among senior citizens. Together with trainers from "35+", an organisation for inter-generational cooperation, Vip mobile volunteers guide participants through the programme.
In contrast to Slovenia and the Republic of Serbia, the Macedonian subsidiary one.Vip has put the focus on helping children to use the Internet safely. Since 2013 Vip operator has been holding workshops for the school classes of its employees' children as part of the "Surf Skilfully, Surf Smart" initiative. The workshops are actively supported by the company's employees.