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Engagement with local communities in all areas where TITAN operates is a long-held tradition. This engagement is a continuously evolving endeavor which takes a variety of forms depending on local cultures and conditions. In all cases however, there is a firm commitment to listen, understand and respond to concerns of local stakeholders. In 2009 new initiatives were undertaken by the TITAN Group demonstrating its policy for open and constructive dialogue with local communities. Indicative examples of this approach are the new on-line web-based system reporting air emissions, which was launched by TITAN Usje and the new partnership with UN in Egypt. More examples of TITAN practice can be found on the web.  

In 2009, the Group policy to allocate donations so as to support local community development programs and particularly education and training, health, safety and the environment continued. Total Group level donations was €2 million.

 

Addressing local issues through partnerships in Egypt

With almost half of its fast-growing population under 20 years of age, a high rate (28%) of infant mortality and 4% of the total population undernourished, Egypt faces a tremendous challenge. Significant efforts have been made to identify the benefits of education in fighting hunger. It is in this context that TITAN launched a new initiative in the country, developed in cooperation with the U.N. World Food Program in Egypt.

The project was launched in the Beni Suef region near Cairo, one of the poorest in the country, under the moto “Feed Minds, Change Lives”, in June 2009.

An innovative approach was followed so as to “adopt” 2,019 children and their families in the region. The “adoption” program gives incentives to keep children at school and receive an education instead of leaving school early to work and support their families. Throughout school year 2009-2010 the children that attend classes are offered daily a special nutritional meal. This meal is designed to cover 25% of their daily nutrition needs and when children attend 80% of monthly school days, their families are given 10 kilos of rice, which is considered the equivalent of 15% of a family’s monthly nutrition needs.

The program is implemented in cooperation with local NGOs and TITAN employees who participate as volunteers in delivering goods to the families involved. 

Distribution of goods in Beni Suef, Egypt in the framework of “Feeds Minds, Change Lives” program.

“Together for children”
Promoting voluntarism

Praising voluntarism and co-operation among NGOs was the main objective of a different project undertaken by TITAN in Greece, in 2009.

The partnership association called “Together for Children”, operating as a joint effort by local NGOs with a shared mission “to care the children in need”, was the subject of an exhibition which was hosted in the “Leonidas Canellopoulos” Cultural Centre in Elefsina. Additionally, an album presenting “Together for Children” was published and distributed during and after the opening of the exhibition.

Photos and paintings made by the children, showing scenes from their every day life were presented to the public that visited the “Leonidas Canellopoulos” Cultural Centre, as well as through the “Together for Children” Album.

As Nellos Canellopoulos, member of TITAN’s Board pointed out at the exhibition’s opening: “Voluntary action must come from the heart. It is more than a charitable gesture; it is a demonstration of genuine social conscience. When we choose to express our love for our fellow men through voluntary action, we are nourishing our own souls”.

“Together for the nature”
New tree planting initiatives

A new initiative called “Family Green Day” was adopted by TITAN in Usje in 2009. Under the moto “Together for the Nature”, employees and their families, friends and neighbors gathered to plant trees in TITAN’s marl quarry. This activity aimed to encourage a joint effort for the environment and strengthen team spirit and voluntarism among TITAN employees and their families.

Some 270 people planted 1,000 trees, including acacia, juniper, white ash and pine trees.

On the green area close to the planting site, a party for employees’ children and grand-children was organized and at the end of the event an illustrated book dealing with the protection of the environment was distributed to all.