Last week, Telus International Europe has announced the launching of TELUS International Community Board, a social responsibility initiative developed at global level, by which the company will distribute up to USD 100,000 every year, to Romanian non-profit organizations, starting from 2017.
“In the name of the whole TELUS International team, I am glad that I am able to extend the TELUS philosophy of giving where we live towards the corporative social responsibility initiatives by launching TELUS International Romania Community Board, today, in Bucharest”, stated Jeffrey Puritt, the TELUS International President, within a press conference. “The Council will consist in an important funding source for the charity institutions from Romania that most need this support, as well as a reason of being proud of the TELUS International team’s members.”
TELUS International Romania Community Board will provide funding for social programs dedicated to families and young people, focusing on at least one of the following areas: health, education and environment. The Council is formed by three important leaders of the community and from members of the TELUS International Europe team, like Gregoire Vigroux – (Vice Chair), Marketing Director, TELUS International Europe, Adriana Alecu – Operations Manager, TELUS International Europe, Yann Bidan – Country Director, TELUS International Europe, Sidica Ciorabai – Digital Marketing Manager, TELUS International Europe, Luisa Grigore – Community Board prime, TELUS International Europe, Andreea Necsulea – Associate Director, Quality and Training, TELUS International Europe and Alex Padureanu – CEO, Hospices of Hope. Eric Stab, Engie Romania CEO, was elected to be the President of this council. Eric Stab is also the President of the Foreign Investors Council and a member of the Steering Board of the Coalition for the Development of Romania.
“I consider myself lucky to be elected as the President of the first TELUS International Romania Community Board, because I know we will help NGOs to build a vibrant country, aimig the sustainable development and favouring the social inclusion. This is an incredible opportunity for us, to help those who need to be helped, by dedicating our time and energy, being supported by the financial contribution of TELUS”, stated Eric Stab (photo R) at press conference.
The main criteria to apply to the funding provided by TELUS International Romania Community Board are: the NGOs must be registered in Romania, to propose a specific program which has to involve young people or families and to use social innovation in approaching an important issue for the society. Moreover, the Council will support art and culture programs for the next generation of young professional people and art and sport projects lovers who promote learning and education. The programs needing to be funded can be registered through a dedicated online platform, which will be launched this year and will be available at http://community.telus.com/ . The council will carefully analyse the applications and will select those programs having the greatest impact on the local community.
TELUS International Europe Community Board was founded in 2015 and, by the end of 2016, it will donate almost USD 156,000, in which moment it will be divided in two separated Community Boards, one of them serving Bulgaria, and the other one serving Romania. Each Council will have an annual budget of USD 100,000.
TELUS International philosophy to “give where we live” has been translated, in the last 10 years, by the involvement of more than 40,000 TELUS International volunteers, who had an impact on almost 70,000 people and on their communities, through the CSR internal program TELUS Days of Giving . In 2015, 450 members of the TELUS International Romania team have contributed to the restoration of several schools in Bucharest and Craiova, by replacing furniture, painting walls and improving the educational institutions for over 400 children, through their activities.
TELUS currently has 16 Community Boards, including five TELUS International Community Boards, who donated annually almost USD 4.5 million. In 2015, TELUS International Europe Romania was acknowledged as “business Leader in CSR”, the title being granted by the Association of Business Service Leaders in Romania (ABSL). In the same year, the TELUS Days of Giving program was awarded “The Best CSR Initiative” at the first gala of the Romanian Outsourcing Awards for Excellence.
TELUS International Europe is a multilingual contact center, BPO ((business process outsourcing) and ITO (information technology outsourcing) high quality services provider since 2004. The company has 3,500 members in its teams from the 7 centres, located in Sofia and Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Bucharest and Craiova (Romania), as well as in its offices from Manchaster and Cannock, UK. TELUS International Europe provides contact center solutions, ITO and innovative support services in more than 35 foreign languages for its worldwide partners.