In line with its ongoing and increasing commitment to supporting the development of communities, Imperial has pledged to support the SOS Children’s Village in Hungary, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.
This will include accommodation, energy, healthcare and education for the children and young people living in the village in Kecskemét, 80 kilometres south-east of Budapest - most of whom are orphans.
Imperial chose to support the SOS Children’s Village near Budapest as it has extensive automotive logistics operations in Hungary. Explains Imperial Logistics International Chief Executive Officer Hakan Bicil: “As a business with widespread international operations, Imperial is inevitably present in some locations where social inequality exists. This includes Hungary, where economic challenges have seriously impacted families with several children.
“We have a humanitarian responsibility to play our part in improving the living conditions of people in these regions. We hope that our support for the Kecskemét Village will help change local children’s lives, and give them better futures.”
Due to its logistics operations in Hungary, Imperial will be able to maintain a regular presence and close contact, observe the true impact of its sponsorship, and involve the children of the village in company events.
SOS Children’s Villages International provide children with the opportunity to grow up within family structures and build personal relationships with their fellow residents. The non-profit organisation has done a great deal for children all over the world, during a distinguished history of almost 70 years. There are currently 572 SOS Children's Villages and associated schools, kindergartens, youth facilities and training centres. Sponsorship such as that being provided by Imperial is vital to ensure the continuation of this unique concept, for the benefit of the needy children of future generations.
In addition, Imperial continues to support charities in Germany, with last year’s contributions going to the St Raphael children’s and young people’s hospice in Duisburg, the KinderHelden (children’s heroes) initiative in Stuttgart, and the “Wünschewagen” (Wishes Car) Initiative organised by the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund charity in Peine.