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Archive - March 2017

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5 reasons to involve your team in CSR actions
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Worldcoo Ambassador network keeps growing!
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The power of a smile :)
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¡Fira de Barcelona joins Worldcoo community!
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e-Commerce. Social challenges of a growth sector
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Nutritional care for widowed or abandoned women
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Bicycles against school dropout in rural areas
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Against unemployment, for women social inclusion
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“No child with leprosy”
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One year later

5 reasons to involve your team in CSR actions

Social Corporate Responsibility is a question which is being increasingly linked with the essence of the business. Today it is not enough to simply come across as responsible, now you have to be responsible and show it in every action you take.

In this context, the involvement and participation of your team in your company’s CSR strategy becomes essential. Every employer must have a voice inside of the business and feel part of the overall voice of the company.

Why? Because it gives your company gives these benefits:

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1. An involved team is a coherent business. At the end of the day, a business is nothing more than the total of people which has been integrated into it. A team which doesn’t share the values that the company defends will find it difficult to represent it whatever the case, which will undermine the image of the company and go against the efforts made regarding CSR.

2. An involved team is a faithful team. If people play a fundamental role in trying to achieve a key objective in the company, getting faithful people to the company is a necessary condition for the positive development of the business. People are one of the most valuable assets of the company and involving them in the company’s strategical decisions makes them feel “at home”.

3. An involved team is a motivated team. Motivation moves mountains. Being able to get the employer to feel part of the business and its challenges gets the team to feel like these challenges are their own, and they will confront them with all of their energy in order to get better results.

4. Sharing goals and values facilitates a better connection between members of the team and, therefore, contributes to the creation of a more pleasant working atmosphere, with more efficient relationships with the people who have integrated into the team.

5. An involved team attracts talent. Working in a business in which the team has a voice and a vote makes working in it a rewarding experience. This involvement grabs the attention of potential new employees as it seems an attractive prospect.

Worldcoo Team. 

Worldcoo Ambassador network keeps growing!

Today we introduce you Patrick, our new ambassador in Nepal.

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DSC00409 (1)Patrick has always had a strong social commitment. During all his life, he has collaborated and participated with so many projects and social causes, such as the fight against gender violence, animal abuse or the care of elderly people. But it’s now when Patrick is going to face what will surely be the most powerful experience of his life.

Patrick, sales engineer from Holland, took a flight to Nepal at the beginning of February.  His purpose was visiting and collaborating with different NGOs from the country. The first one was Street Child, organization which we have collaborated in several occasions.  

Following, Patrick explains us a little bit more why he started this adventure and how was his first experience in Katmandu.

  • Welcome on board to our Ambassador Program, Patrick! Why did you start this new adventure?

Thank you so much for the introduction! Sometimes, we don’t realize about how quickly live goes, and this is what happened to me. School, institute, university, internship, first work, second work… And all of this inside my happiness bubble. During my university studies I had a dream, and it was to travel around countries very much different from mine. This dream was never fulfilled. But some months ago, making auto-introspection, I rescued the idea and as now I don’t have so many familiar obligations and before continuing my personal career, I decided to make this dream come true.

  • Why Nepal and not any other country?

Because I wanted to go to a country very different from mine: different culture, social conditioning, everything I’m used to and where I could help.  There was a lot of countries where I would like to live, so it was quite difficult to take a decision. But I love the mountain, so I finally decided to visit Himalaya, the biggest aspiration I could ever have. Moreover, I got the chance to help a mountain guide, Shiva, with his company, Himkala Adventure, which, at the same time, help as much as possible to the people of his native area, Gorkha (epicenter of the 2015 earthquakes). So the decision was made on its own.

  • What do you expect to do here? Explain us a little bit more about the projects you will visit and what will be your role.  

DSC00405 (1)Two weeks ago, we went to my host hometown, Shiva, where I left most of the material and clothes I could bring from Barcelona, as well as participate in a traditional Hindu wedding, all very enriching.

Some days ago, I visited an orphanage, Possible Nepal, which I could contact via Couchsurfing. I could bought some food for some days, as well as scholarly material. I also could help with the translation of some documents and I played with the kids, who are very nice. A council for those who want to buy material there and bring it to Nepal: keep your budget and buy in Kathmandu, you can get 10 times more material. To give you an idea, with 12 € we buy 60 kg of potatoes, and with 9 € 44 workbooks.

In addition, I will visit Shed The Light Nepal, a joint iniciative between Australia and Nepal who work for peace, the reconstruction after hearthwater, help children, and empowering women in Nepal. As a Worldcoo Ambassador, I have just visited the NGO Street Child Nepal in order to see what are they doing there, who are they helping and how are they doing it.

  • What has impressed you the most?

The good mood with which people of Nepal carry the difficulties. Although the salary of most of them is very low, there are a lot of people without home because of earthquakes, collapsed buildings, pollution and poverty, they are the most pleasant and friendly people I could ever met. And I could understand a certain resentment towards the tourists, who just go there to do trekking in their mountains. But that doesn’t happen. Children, elderly people, everyone. Despite all the difficulties, they go ahead with many more smiles than most people you see in European cities.

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  • You have visited a school that Street Child built in order that children from immigrant families working in brick factories could have access to education. What has been your impression?

It has been great, and it has been a very interesting and surprising experience. There are a lot of concepts that one doesn’t think about: that there is a season for brick making, winter, avoiding the rainy season because bricks are dried outdoors before going through the oven; That workers are generally from villages outside the Kathmandu valley, and even from India, and that they are attracted by the security of 6 months of work.

The work of Street Child of Nepal, together with Kopila Nepal, is very good and helps on many fronts at the same time: it gives education to the sons and daughters of families who work in the brick factory, but also guarantees they are safe and well cared for, and thanks to all this gives better working conditions to those who work there. They know that their children are close, learning and well cared for.

  • How would you describe people who live there?

It is not easy to live there, in a special cabins between the bricks they are building, with so many animals and very far away from their homes. Despite all of this bad conditions, they are happy, polite and with a permanent smile. They are very optimist, so it makes one wonder what we do wrong in places where there is more wealth to have such high rates of depression and intolerance

  • What do you think that are the most needs that they have right now?

DSC00402 (1)I don’t know how I could start. On the first hand, there is not many work in small villages, so they have to go to the city. Moreover, the best opportunities and education are in the metropolis, so they come here both for them and their children.

Related to the project, there’s a small school with one unique space and two toilets and a fence that closes the playtime space. It’s really good, because the structure and foundations are solid, earthquake-proof, and the idea is to have the basics, and that’s achieved. But there are limitations that requires more funds.

For example, there are a lot of employees who come from India and their children can’t go to school because they can’t do two classes in two different languages: Nepali and Hindi. So they need to build one more space for Indian kids.

In addition, there are many more boys and girls than can be admitted in the classroom, so they could also build another module just to accommodate more children.

Then, at the end of the brick season, families return to their homes and the school closes, basically because of the lack of funds, and the service is provided in the work season because it is when there is more need. With a little more, given that the physical structure and material is a non-recurring expense, the school could be maintained open throughout the year, thus giving fixed work to the teachers, and serving the children of the zone.

In short, more modules like the one they already built, one to accommodate more Nepali children and one to teach in Hindi, as well as more funds that could  help to maitain the shcool open all year, would be very useful for them. 

  • Can you share with us some anecdote?

DSC00412 (1)About the kids: before leaving, the teacher told us to wait there because the kids had something for us. One girl came to me and gave me a drawing that remind me about mandala, with small and lighting stars and with a message inside: “Welcome to Kopila preparatory class”. She gave another drawing to my friend, Duncan Peat, and both of us thanked her with a lot of “dhanyabhadh”, “thank you” in Nepalese. Luckily, I had sweets in my bag and we could gave them some. It was the perfect goodbye for this wonderful visit with a strong message: we can contribute and help them a lot with so little effort. 

Patrick is now a Worldcoo Ambssador and his adventure in Nepal has just begun, so keep tuned!

You can follow him through his LinkedIn. 

Worldcoo Team.

The power of a smile :)

Promofarma starts new project!

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Once again, Promofarma users, one of the e-commerce with cause who work with us, have showed their solidarity. Through their collaboration with the campaign “One plus one, it is much more” promoted by Unicef, more than 7.000 kids will have access to clean water during one month. You can remember this project HERE.

The well-known Theodora Foundation is the next entity with which now the community of Promofarma can begin to collaborate. As you know, through the visits of Giggle Doctors, Theodora Foundation humanizes the stay in the hospital and helps to alleviate the suffering of all hospitalized children. Nonetheless, on this occasion, the euros collected will go to the “Able to Smile” project, an initiative that we haven’t talked about yet and which seeks to promote the autonomy and development of children with intellectual diversity through sensory stimulation.

A child with functional diversity responds very differently to stimuli; for example, some unexpected things can make them laugh, like a cry or a sneeze. Through the provocation of this laugh,Giggle Doctors acts by favouring their sensory and physical response, motivating the oxygenation of the cellular tissues and improving the immune system response.

Thanks to their collaboration, Giggle Doctors will be able to visit 35 children with intellectual disability, thus enhancing their sensorial and physical development.

If you want, you can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team.

 

¡Fira de Barcelona joins Worldcoo community!

“Fight against invisible inequality” is the first project they will collaborate with

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logo-vector-fira-barcelonaToday we’re very happy to reveal the name of our new social partner. Fira de Barcelona has started to collaborate with us in order to fund social and cooperation projects!

Now, the organization offers the opportunity to add one extra euro each time attendants will buy an online ticket for some of their events.

The first one is the “Saló de l’Ensenyament”, an academic meeting for students, teachers and education centres which occurs once in a year and it’s very useful to inform about the current academic offer in Spain.

logo-adsis-web_3The first social project which they will start collaborate comes from Fundación Adsis, an organization that pursues the challenge of building a more equal and social with the integral promotion of people and groups that are excluded and at risk of social exclusion.

Attendees will help young people, like them, to have equal education opportunities, an important challenge if we consider that in Spain 6 out of 30 teenagers in a classroom are facing economic difficulties that will condition their future.         

The socioeconomic situation of some children and adolescents condition their educational development. 31% of young people at risk of social exclusion do not have internet access from home, and 42% do not have enough tranquillity at home to study and do their homework.

Through this project, Fundación Adsis may provide Access and guidance in the use of digital tools to 50 adolescents who are at risk of social exclusion, accompaniment in school reinforcement and training in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies).

We invite you to follow the donation process through THIS LINK.

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e-Commerce. Social challenges of a growth sector

In recent years, e-commerce has taken centre stage, to the extent that it represents the 6% of the total trade in the world, and this figure is rising year after year, according to a study carried out by eMarketer. In the specific case of Spain, the e-commerce growth has multiplied 17 times faster than traditional businesses, according to a survey regarding “The profile of an online trader 2017” which was conducted by Xopie.

Selling via digital means has attracted people from all sectors, supported by the huge role that phones play in our daily lives, the increasing impact of social networks and internationalisation. Today, 51% of businesses which dedicate themselves to selling via digital channels register a growth.

There are some figures which show the success e-commerce has had, which at the same time put it in the spotlight. The e-commerce sector does not go unnoticed anymore and therefore, it cannot escape the commitment and engagement it has with society and its surroundings.

It is calculated that 39% of the jobs created in our country this year will belong to the e-commerce sector, and it is the responsibility of the businesses from this sector to make sure that these job posts have a positive impact on our society.

Companies can no longer just be digital, but now they also have to be responsible and take on some challenges such as these:

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  • Producing employment which promotes equal opportunities and the possibility to reconcile, not only to benefit the team, and therefore also the results, but also to be an example to other businesses and to society in general.
  • Producing stable work with fair conditions in the e-commerce sector can lead to a reduction in our society in the rate of job insecurity and consequently, will make it be able to fight against poverty in our country. This is the obligation of every business, including the digital ones.
  • Defending and promoting the values regarding looking after the environment and respecting our surroundings is a question of the image of the company, but also a question of responsibility for new companies which can no longer ignore what is happening around them.
  • Demanding the same social commitment from the suppliers and partners as that of e-commerce can form a strong tool to promote a change towards a fairer, more sustainable and responsible society.

E-commerce is growing, and it is in their hands to decide whether or not it will grow in favour of the society which surrounds them and which they are reaching out to.

Worldcoo Team. 

 

Nutritional care for widowed or abandoned women

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New project

Nicequest users have finished their last project! Thanks of them, UNHCR will be able to give access to a home for 100 refugee people in Iraq. You can remember the project HERE.

In the next social challenge, they will collaborate with Vicente Ferrer Foundation in order to improve the situation of widowed or abandoned women in rural Andhra Pradesh who suffer from gender-based violence and discrimination, facilitating their inclusion, integration and empowerment.

India is a country where gender violence is deeply present in all stages of women’s lived. Forced marriages, infanticide, deceit, rape, sexual harassment, prostitution, dowry or physical and verbal violence are some of the problems women must have to face, among others.

Thanks to the solidarity of Nicequest users, 27 widowed or abandoned women from Anantapur will receive a nutritional package (rice, wheat, legumes, millet and oil) for a year.

Moreover, they will be provided with support and help to deal with the violence and / or discrimination they suffer, offering them support and counseling and mediating to find suitable solutions.

You can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team.  

 

Bicycles against school dropout in rural areas

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Did you know that bicycles are the most conveyance used and sold in the world? It is estimated that there are more than 1.000.000.000 bicycles around the world today.

In countries like Spain, the country where the use of bicycles has increased the most during the last years, every time there are more people who decide to use this transport as an alternative to the car or moto, which are more expensive and less sustainable and ecologic.

However, there are less developed countries, such as Uganda, Kenia or India, where the bicycles has developed another use, and has become a good tool for social and professional inclusion.

fvf1-666Santa Fixie Group, one of our e-commerce companies which we collaborate with, has launched so many social campaigns in order to potential this new use of the bicycle. Their new challenge, which starts today, is to raise funds in order that Vicente Ferrer Foundation can distribute bicycles to kids and teenagers in Kothacheruvu, a very little rural area in Andra Pradesh (India), which it is located very far away from the mail school centers of the region. The lack of adequate means of transportation often leads families to decide that their children, and especially their daughters, stay at home for fear of something happening on the way to school.

The distribution of bicycles will ensure secondary education for Young people in Kothacheruvu and to Foster equal opportunities for boys and girls, in order to promote their integral development and empowerment.

You can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team.

 

 

Against unemployment, for women social inclusion

Today is the International Women Day!

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There are more than 4 million people unemployed in our country; more than a half of them, are women.  

Today is the International Woman Day and, in that sense, PC Componentes, one of our e-commerce with cause with more experience, launches a new social project with the aim of encourage entrepreneurship among women at risk of social exclusion and facilitate their access to the world of work.

They will do it through PROJECT VIVES, an initiative of the NGO Action against Hunger, an international humanitarian organization that fights the causes and effects of hunger and social exclusion.

The challenge is that today and during all this month, the users of PC Componentes add one extra euro to make that 10 women receive professional counselling for job search or for entrepreneurship.

Action against Hunger, through PROJECT VIVES, promotes that the participants improve their personal skills and will help them to find a job or start a new business.

You can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team.  

“No child with leprosy”

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Uvinum starts new project!

India is the country most affected by leprosy with 60% of global cases. It is estimated that in the country there are more than two million people with disabilities due to leprosy. Moreover, 9 out of every 100 new cases of leprosy detected are boys and girls. And this figure is increasing, which indicates that the transmission is still active and occurs at younger ages.

logo_fontillesLuckily, there are organizations, such as Fontilles, a non-governmental association, who fights and work to physical rehabilitation of children and young people affected by leprosy and improve their life conditions.

After finalization its last social project, Uvinum users have now the opportunity collaborate with them. Their aim is to fund the surgical material and medicines necessaries in order to 40 kids can be treated with orthopedic surgery. They will achieve it thanks to the extra euros that customers of Uvinum will donate. Once again, thank you!

You can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team.

 

One year later

One year ago, the European Commission accredited Worldcoo technology as the European standard in eCommerce fundraising.

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Horizon 2020 is the biggest European Commission Research and Innovation program ever. It contributes to addressing key social challenges, promoting industrial leaderships in Europe and strengthening excellence in science. Among nearly 1.000 companies candidates to being part of this program, our innovative Project WIDGET 3.0 made that we were one of the 9 Spanish companies selected and since there… we have worked so much! :)

Logo_widget_3.0Over the past 12 months, we have worked on developing new and better online applications that will allow us to respond to many more social causes. Today we explain you some of them!

  • We have everything prepared to implement a new functionality that will make that many companies collect funds for the same cause and at the same time. This is what we called “public campaigns”. Thanks of that, we will be able to give a much faster and effective response to the different humanitarian emergencies and natural catastrophes that may occur. But in addition, it will allow smaller e-commerce to start collaborating with us.
  • We have developed a new module which facilitates the integration of the new widget 3.0 to those companies that work with online platforms such as MAGENTO or PRESTASHOP, which is a very good news!
  • In the coming weeks, we will incorporate a new module that will offer to each user the opportunity to collaborate with a social project based on their profile and motivations. We get it thanks to techniques of artificial intelligence, which are based on the product and price of what the user searches online. This will allow us to have a higher conversion rate. This is called “machine learning”.
  • During all this time, we have improved our internal management platform to expand and improve our recruitment channels with a much more personalized response to all companies that collaborate with us.
  • And last but not least, during this last months we have laid the groundwork for launching a new revolutionary financing channel that will come this 2017. It is a new channel that will allow donations in the physical stores directly. When a customer pay with his credit card, he will be able to add a euro to his purchase or round the final amount of his purchase. Undoubtedly, this is the biggest novelty that we will present and that, for sure, it is going to have a lot of impact.

All this new functionalities will allow us to become a world reference and, most important, to achieve our goal for 2017: to triple the number of donations received.  We will keep you informed about more news!


  • You can see our WIDGET 3.0 communication plan HERE. 
  • You can have access to our integration planning HERE.

Worldcoo Team.

 

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