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Today is #Giving Tuesday!
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One week for GivingTuesday!
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We celebrate 3th B Good Day edition!
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Today is the International Day of Older Persons
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Emergency campaign for Mexico
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New progress in our Horizon 2020 project
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Miquel and Mireia visit the NGO S.A.U.C.E in Cambodia
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We win the first Entrepeneur Marathon of “Catalunya Ràdio” !
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International Refugees Day
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Children refugees, a growing crisis

Today is #Giving Tuesday!

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Today is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to donate, share and help. As you know, it is a movement that was born as an alternative to Black Friday or CyberMonday, days that promote the purchase of gifts before Christmas. Although all the  “Companies with a cause” who collaborate with us, encourage the good actions all year, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to claim, once again, the need to be aware and value the small contributions we do in our daily live, whether they are material or not.

#GT Heart (1)Planeta HuertoDecántaloSprinterSanta FixiePromofarma… many of the companies that collaborate with us have joined this celebration. The last one has been Ticketmaster. We really want to communicate this last agreement. We are so happy to see that every time there are more companies who offer their customers the opportunity to collaborate with many different social causes. Now, when we buy a ticket for any leisure event, we will have the option to add an euro for a concrete socal cause. Each month, a different one.

descargaOf course, all the employees of Worldcoo have also joined this movement that represents us so much; that is why this Friday the 1st we will collaborate with Obra Social San Juan de Dios in the rehabilitation of a flat for Young immigrants.

Last year, during  GivingTuesday more than €500.000 were collected; for this 2017, the goal is to exceed €700.000.

Worldcoo Team

One week for GivingTuesday!

Next Tuesday,  we will celebrate GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

CapturaCelebrated on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Its main mission is to dedicate a day around the world, this year on November 28, to celebrate the action of giving, be it food, money, time (volunteering), second-hand objects, etc. It is born as a counterpart to the already famous #BlackFriday or #CyberMonday; days in which, as you know, the massive purchase of gifts is promoted.

Although all the “Companies With a Cause” that collaborate with Worldcoo encourage this action day after day, we don’t want to miss the  opportunity to claim, especially that day, the need to share and collaborate with social causes.

Promofarma, MeQuedoUno, Sprinter or Planeta Huerto are some of the companies that have joined the movement with different special actions for that day.

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 Last year, during this day in Spain we raised more than € 500,000 for 321 projects; for this 2017, the goal is to reach € 700,000.

 

Worldcoo Team

 

We celebrate 3th B Good Day edition!

B Corp brings together more than 200 people in Madrid

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This week we have celebrated the third B Good Day edition, an annual event promoted by B Corp community which brings together the best companies FOR the world.

All of them are B Corp companies, a global movement who joins more than 200 companies from 50 different countries and 130 industries with the same aim: that there will be a day when companies compete each other in order to be the best companies FOR the world, and consequently, society walks towards higher and durable welfare stadiums.

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More than 200 people attended this third edition of the B Good Day in which they spoke of the clear trend towards a business and sustainable model that connects with the needs and values ​​of people.

During the journey, divided into different panels, they talked about how climate change is having an impact on the creation of new companies and leadership models; there was also a moment to discuss the new work models, in which it is increasingly important to align personal values ​​with corporate values. The last panel discussed the need to create new financing models, based on ethical values ​​and capable of generating a positive social impact.

Danone, Ecoalf, Holaluz, Ethikos 3.0, Triodos Bank or Ulule were some of the B Corp companies that shared their experiences.

At Worldcoo we are part of the movement since 2015, being one of the first Spanish companies to receive such recognition.


About B Corp

The B Corps go beyond the goal of generating economic gains and innovate to maximize their positive impact on employees, the communities they serve and the environment. In this way, the company becomes a regenerative force for society and for the planet. Together with all our European and global partners, we are energizing a business community capable of building a better society, in which companies contribute to generate a global benefit.

The B Corp movement represents a rapidly growing business community worldwide, and also in Spain.

Worldcoo Team

Today is the International Day of Older Persons

Today, October 1st, is the International Day of Older Persons, an occasion to thank, once again, the labor that elderly people do. In the actual panorama, we couldn’t imagine our live without them, thanks of them we can grow up our children, combine our professional and personal life and it is indescribable how much we learn from them!

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It is also a good occasion to talk about the isolation some older people suffer. Some weeks ago, we met Jane and she explain us her personal story. Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Jane has a particular interest in the issue of social isolation and it’s impact across all genders, ages and backgrounds.  Today we are more than grateful to share it with all of you.


“My grandmother is the matriarch of a large family. She has seven children, each of which has been married at least once and has produced multiple offspring, many of whom also have children now. Yet, somehow, we allowed her to become isolated through living in different areas, having busy jobs, prioritizing our own families, and assuming everything was ok. For my grandmother, she did not want to impose herself on others as she first mourned the loss of her husband and then her friends who one by one passed away or were moved into care homes.

It is no surprise, therefore, to learn that there a many complex reasons for social isolation to occur. On a personal level, prior to my marriage, social isolation came from first moving around the world and losing touch with friends from back home and college who separate into new groups, then becoming a work-from-home freelancer with no colleagues to hangout with and finally moving to a city where I knew no one.

In the UK alone, 50% of those over 75 live alone, few live with their children, and modern society has created dislocated family structures. This means 60% of people do not visit elderly relatives and 33% do not visit relatives in need of care. Isolation at all age groups is a massive problem right now, but it is most telling in our older generations. This is why we have launched a Campaign Against Social Isolation to help bring people together. Now is not too late to give a relative a call”.


On the other hand, organizations such as United Nations celebrate today this day with the theme “Stepping info the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.” This year’s day is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies at large. It focuses on the pathways that support full and effective participation in old age, in accordance with old persons’ basic rights, needs and preferences.

Worldcoo Team

Emergency campaign for Mexico

Telefonica Group, Banco Sabadell and PcComponentes have started emergency campaigns to assist victims in México

NotimexOne week ago, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook central Mexico causing great devastation. The catastrophe left more than 300 dead and thousands of victims. Dozens of buildings have been demolished in Mexico City, but also in the states of Mexico, Puebla and Morelos and 400 schools have been damaged.

In front of this situation, one of the groups that are particularly affected are children, who now have to face other threats, such as being separated from their family in the middle of the chaos.

The first hours after a catastrophe such as the one experienced, are crucial to finding survivors, housing the victims in shelters where they can rest safe, receive water and food and restore the general situation.

The signs of solidarity to alleviate the situation have been constant around the world. Among them, those of our companies with cause, who have launched emergency campaigns to maximize efforts and invite all their customers and employees to make a small contribution.

AF_Logotipo_Fundacion_POS_RGB_esTelefonica Group, for example, invites society to make their donation though their corporate page. All the funds collected will be very useful to make hundreds of kids can go back to school and reconstruct their classrooms with the help of Telefonica Foundation and all their volunteers. So far, they have already raised more than €25.000!

pcAnother case is the campaign launched by PcComponentes. They invite all their customers to add €1 to its purchase to collaborate with UNICEF in the distribution of drinking water to 450 children for half a year.

banco-sabadell-logoBanco Sabadell employees also wanted to join the cause and support Unicef to take care of the needs of children affected in terms of water, sanitation, nutrition, health, education and protection. Through its social platform, clients, employees and non-clients are making their donations.

Worldcoo Team

New progress in our Horizon 2020 project

As we have talked in several occasions, just over a year ago, the European Commission accredited Worldcoo as the European standard for crowdfunding in ecommerce.

Logo_widget_3.0Since then, we have worked in our project Widget 3.0 in new and better channels that will help to increase the number of donations. For example,

  • We have launched “public campaigns”, which consist of several companies can raise funds for a single cause. Companies can install the Worldcoo widget quickly and easily through this
  • We have improved our internal campaign management platform to expand and improve our recruitment channels with a much more personalized response to all the companies that collaborate with us.
  • On the other hand, we are finalizing the details to launch the new and revolutionary fundraising channel in Spain that will allow us to round up the final amount of our purchase in physical stores. All donated cents will be used to help those who need it the most.

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Worldcoo Team

Miquel and Mireia visit the NGO S.A.U.C.E in Cambodia

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“Education in Battamang is the best motivation and recognition for people with difficulties”.

alumnosOne month ago, Mireia and Miquel started a new adventure in which they will visit so many countries in which our ecommerce with a cause have funded some project in order to improve the social and environmental situations.

Their first stop has been in Cambodia, where they have had the opportunity to visit the NGO S.A.U.C.E, an entity that was born in 2001 in order to help people at risk of social exclusion in Cambodia, one country that still today is victim of the sequels of a genocide in which two million people died.

Among the most affected are children, who still today face problems such as malnutrition, abuse, exploitation, anti-personnel mines or difficulties in accessing school, especially in rural areas.  In front of this situation, the education is considered a key aspect for the country and this is one of the S.A.U.C.E priorities.

In this post, we talk with Miquel and Mireia about their experience in Battambgang, where the Foundation is located.


Miquel, Mireia, how would you describe the area where S.A.U.C.E is located?

The Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang is the organization with which S.A.U.C.E collaborates. Battambang is a good reflection of Cambodia, a mostly rural country with an economy based on agriculture and very young population; who almost don’t have access to education and are dedicated to work in the field.

This situation is a legacy of one of the most important genocides of humanity that struck Cambodia between 1975 and 1979 and the war that occurred just after that. This genocide became fierce with the country’s intellectuals, killing, in the case of education, up to 80% of teachers and in the case of health, only left five physicians alive throughout the country. This situation paralyzed almost all country and the education hasn’t recovered yet.

The Prefecture concentrates its efforts on education and on disabled persons, and its scope is remote and very isolated rural areas.

What was your first impression when you arrive there?

Our first impression when we arrive at the Prefecture was grandiosity, because of the dimension of the enclosure and the serenity for the peace that there was in the atmosphere.  Apart from the church and the house of the parish priests, there’s a medical center, a guest house, a house for the volunteers, two shelters, a day care center and the Karuna Computer Center.

During the day, all the movement of the kids, workers and volunteers was constant; everyone had a clear objective.  There is nothing more motivating than knowing the goal, the reason of your day to day. This was our first and last impression of Battambang Prefecture.

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How would you describe people who lives in Battambang?

Most of people who there are dedicated to agriculture, with almost no education. Population lives in remote areas near the fields.

There is also a very large group of people with physical disabilities. Throughout the above-mentioned conflict along with the aftermath of the Vietnam War, there was a widespread outbreak of polio and many mutilations by anti-personnel mines, one of the leading causes of death in the country still to this day.

Among other projects, you have visited the educational “Karuna Computer Center”, where people have education about computer and technology. How are them?

The main aim of the Karuna Computer Center is facilitate the education to people with different ages who live in remote areas and with difficult access to school, and kid with physical disabilities. Because of that, classes are done in the evenings, so people can combine school with work.

In addition to computer training, in the center there are also three classrooms for English training and the repair of computer equipment.

Why is so important promote and boost their education?

First of all, education is a basic tool to access to labor world. However, it is also a good source of motivation and recognition for those with more difficulties.

Apart of this, what kind of other project have you visited?

The Prefecture works on 4 major pillars in which it divides multiple projects:

  • Education, which includes the construction and support of schools in remote areas or support to the most disadvantaged families.
  • Care for the group of people with disabilities.
  • Shelters for children who are vulnerable or disabled.
  • Social enterprises in which people with difficulties are employed and trained for future integration into the labor market.

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From here, thousands of miles away, what do you think we could do to contribute our bit?

Obviously, one of the most important legs to continue the work, is the collection and the economic support. However, we believe that there are other forms also important to contribute as the work of communication and dissemination. In this way, it is made known the reality of other places in the world and allows to generate greater awareness.

Worldcoo Team. 

 

We win the first Entrepeneur Marathon of “Catalunya Ràdio” !

log_catradioLast week Catalunya Ràdio, one of the main radios in Catalunya (Spain), celebrated its first Entrepreneur Marathon, an event that was celebrated because of the final season of the radio program “Revolution 4.0”, an space dedicated to entrepreneurship and digital evolution.

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Each of the seven participants that were part of this first edition, we had the opportunity to explain our project in speeding format before a jury formed by collaborators of the program.

In particular, Worldcoo stands out for our project idea, business and future projection of Worldcoo, which highlights the future launch of our new channel of reuptake with which we can donate directly in the physical store when paying by credit card. Maier 3D and Universal Robots were the second and third ranked, respectively.

Jordi del Río, Director of Mitjans de Comunicació de la Generalitat de Catalunya, was in charge of delivering the award of this first Marathon of Entrepreneurs.

Undoubtedly, it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to share with all the entrepreneurs and listeners of Revolució 4.0 our social project and to have known so many innovative and brilliant projects. As we say in Worldcoo … “Together we can do great things”.

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Worldcoo Team

International Refugees Day

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Today, 20 of June, takes place the International Refugee Day; an opportunity that allows us to get a closer look at the reality of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

Almost everyone has heard of the acronym UNHCR, but very few know that the organization was born in 1950 with the challenge of resetting one million Europeans who became homeless after World War II. Since then, UNHCR has provided humanitarian aid to millions of people who have had to leave their homes due to armed conflict or persecution. In total, 49.7 million people are under its protection. What are their current priorities and focus of action? We talk with Joan Reventós, Director of the Catalan Committee of UNHCR

Today, there are 65, 6 million displaced people in the world. What is the main aim of UNHCR?

The UNHCR’s main challenge is to protect and assist refugees and displaced persons through persecution or war, and to promote durable solutions to their situation, through voluntary repatriation, integration into the first countries of asylum or through resettlement in third countries. With the current levels of forced displacement in the world, it is a great challenge to find durable solutions, as more than ninety percent of all displaced people live in the world’s most impoverished countries and their reception capacities, despite their solidarity, are very limited

These are people who have had to flee armed conflict or persecution and are forced to seek security in the nearby countries. What is the biggest challenge once they cross the border of their country?

It is essential that people who cross borders in search of security can effectively access their rights as persons with international protection needs. Therefore, the states that host them must have the appropriate laws, procedures and guarantees to offer asylum. Together with the legal certainty necessary to reside in a new country, they need sufficient support to be able to restart their lives and to enable them to live independently and autonomously, with the aim of becoming active subjects of the host societies, If there are conditions to return, in their countries of origin.

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After 67 years since the creation of UNHCR, today there are more than 50 people under your protection. How has the experience been since today?

A complex path, full of challenges and difficulties; Successes and learning. Plagued with dilemmas. UNHCR’s mandate, both to protect and assist refugees and internally displaced persons and to reduce the number of stateless persons in the world, is a daunting challenge which requires a combination of different sensitivities and interests at global, regional and local levels.

Is there any project or past experience that serves to respond to the present needs?

There are different experiences that can serve as examples in the face of the challenges that the international community now has to face in order to reduce current levels of forced displacement. One of them was the one promoted by Fridtjof Nansen, a scientist, diplomat and statesman; A humanist with deep compassion for human beings who, at the request of the League of Nations, encouraged the High Commissioner for Refugees, an initial seed of what is now UNHCR, becoming the first international organization Dedicated entirely to finding solutions for people fleeing wars and conflicts. Nansen, thanks to his excellent diplomatic skills, reached an agreement for 52 countries to authorize the issuance of what was called “Nansen passports”, personal identification cards that allowed their holders to travel without arousing suspicion or encountering border problems. For almost two decades, these certificates enabled millions of people to be saved from persecution and barbarism, people who played a very important role in the development of host societies

In recent months, the various conflicts that have taken place in Syria, South Sudan and Yemen, among others, have been described as the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. How do you see the current and future scenario?

With concern and hope. Concern because the number of forced displacements has multiplied in recent years, and this means that millions of people have become, often overnight, refugees or displaced persons; Forced to leave their homes behind, to shed most of their belongings and, what is worse, to live the uprooting. While accelerating this process, we find that the international community does not find the political solutions necessary for this trend to be reversed in the short or medium term.

On the other hand, with hope since, in this, as in many other things in life, the Pareto Law can be of great help to us. If among all of us we are committed to addressing the causes and consequences of the four most bloody conflicts or crises that now plague the world (Syria, Palestine, South Sudan and Somalia), 80% of the more than 65 million displaced people which now scandalize us, could start thinking about returning to their homes. It may seem utopian, but it is only a matter of will and determination

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What can we all do from here?

On the one hand, as citizens of a global world, be aware that forced displacement is not something alien and distant to us. Everyone could be a refugee some day,  almost all the people who inhabit the land today have a relative who in his day had to flee his home because of the war.  Understanding it implies understanding that behind each figure there is a person like us: with desires, hopes, fears and loves … People like you and me.

Lastly, and until political solutions to conflicts have been found, the humanitarian community needs the support of individuals and organizations in order to respond to the enormous needs that are detected in the most impoverished countries. For this reason, I invite you to become a partner or donor of the Spanish Committee of UNHCR, either by calling 913690670 or through our website www.eacnur.org, your contribution, added to that of more than 400,000 Spanish regular contributors allows us to continue #changing stories.

Worldcoo Team

Children refugees, a growing crisis

In the last two years, Europe has experienced its largest arrival of refugees ever, a situation that has cast doubt of the capability of many member states to offer asylum to many people, the majority of whom, have fled armed conflicts.

In every crisis, beyond all the people who embark on certain journeys with the hope of a safer life, there are victims who are even more vulnerable, and thus, punished even more at the expense of migration. These victims are children.

The following statistics were published by UNICEF in their report Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children”. These are some facts, which should catch the attention of every country in the world:

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  1. Almost 50 million children all over the world have crossed their borders or have had been forced to migrate.
  2. Of these 50 million, 11 million are refugees and have had to seek asylum.
  3. Almost 1 of every 3 children who live outside of their birth country is a refugee.
  4. In the world today, 1 out every 200 children is a refugee.
  5. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of children refugees under UNHCR mandate more than doubled.
  6. Children today represent half of all refugees.
  7. Migrant children and displaced people are exposed to suffering the worst types of abuse, frequently falling in the hands of trafficker networks and other criminals.
  8. To establish yourself in a safe place proves difficult for the displaced people and, normally, the threats and dangers that confront them take place once they are in their destination country.

Children thus become the most exposed victims to the danger of migration. Protecting them is everyone’s responsibility and everybody should do their part to do protect them.

Some of the proposals that UNICEF make to fight against this situation are ending the detention of child migrants, keeping the migrant families together as a way to protect the younger ones, giving children access to education and healthcare, as well as other quality services and promoting the fight against xenophobia, discrimination and exclusion in the transit and destination countries.

 Worldcoo Team

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