Society starts at your doorstep

Society starts at your doorstep

Community Engagement

/ SOCIETY STARTS WHEREVER TWO PEOPLE GET TOGETHER, AND IT EXTENDS ACROSS THE GLOBE. IT IS ON OUR OWN DOORSTEP, IN OUR OWN HOMES AND PLACES OF WORK, YET IT ENCOMPASSES OTHER COMMUNITIES, OTHER TOWNS AND OTHER COUNTRIES. OUR COLLEAGUES ARE WELL AWARE OF THE GLOBAL EXTENT OF SOCIETY, AND THE NEED TO PLAY THEIR PART.

/THE ART OF BEING NEIGHBORLY

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In April 2015, an empty building next to the ERIKS Group Head Office in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, became a refugee center. Even before the first refugees arrived, ERIKS employees were discussing how best to offer assistance to their new neighbors.
The first initiative was a lunch for 10 refugees from a range of backgrounds, religions and cultures. In return, 20 ERIKS employees were invited to a meal prepared by an Eritrean family, who were joined by Syrian, Russian and Afghani refugees. As one employee said afterwards: “I came away with a real sense it could so easily be me and my family. But I was struck by their positivity and desire to work and build a new life”.
The refugees expressed their eagerness to work-out and stay healthy, and ERIKS employees, their families and friends have subsequently donated gym equipment and bikes to the center.

Generous donations from ERIKS employees worldwide

/AFTER THE FIRE…

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In June 2016, the Canadian community of Fort McMurray, Alberta was devastated by serious wildfires, and over 100,000 people had to be evacuated. Thankfully all ERIKS employees in the area were safely evacuated, along with those from Mammoet – our SHV sister company.
Many of the evacuees lost their homes and businesses in the fire, many businesses were either forced to suspend operations or shut down completely, and it was unclear if any of the sites would return to full production.
The Canadian Red Cross coordinated disaster relief for evacuees, and the Canadian Government pledged to match all funds donated.
An appeal on the ERIKS Global Intranet resulted in generous donations from ERIKS employees worldwide to help their colleagues. Through their generosity, and after the Red Cross and Canadian Government contributions, the ERIKS Group raised nearly $25,000!

/KEEPING OUR EMPLOYEES WELL

Employee wellbeing is an important issue for the ERIKS Group. Since 2013 ERIKS has organized wellbeing events at both a global and regional level.
In 2013, the 10/10 Challenge encouraged colleagues to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. And in 2015, employees from all over the world competed in the TRI2015 Challenge: building their steps total by walking, running, cycling, swimming, travelling by green methods and even by volunteering in the community.

2016’s wellbeing initiative took various forms, with events organized by ERIKS branches during September Wellbeing month.
Employees received a daily challenge email containing hints, tips and updates. The challenges were based on small, daily changes that could make a big difference in areas such as sleep, hydration, mental health and exercise. Participants were encouraged to share their stories and photos via email and social media.

All branches organized their own events, which resulted in some original initiatives. At ERIKS UK, for example, all employees received a sleeping mask during Sleep Week and at ERIKS Group all employees were offered personal health checks. The checks by health professionals comprised basic body and lifestyle assessments, including:

  • Weight, height, fat % and BMI
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Sugar
  • Personal lifestyle advice

/SUPPORTING CANCER CHARITIES

For ERIKS UK 2016 was the final year of a 3 year partnership with Cancer Research UK, the first Employee Chosen Charity. With many original initiatives like the ERIKS Ladies Race for Life, Christmas Jumper Day, the CRUK Smartie Tube Challenge and the Dry Athletes who gave up alcohol for a month, ERIKS fundraising from 2013-2016 reached over £ 20,000!

In the Netherlands, ERIKS also supports cancer research, through Dutch Cancer Research (KWF). The KWF fellowship scheme gives young, talented analysts the opportunity to acquire experience in scientific research and the specialist treatment of cancer. The fellowships have proved themselves a worthwhile investment in new generations of researchers, as many past-fellows now have leading positions in cancer research.

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