The Group continues to steadily support both the wider society and the local communities neighboring to its facilities, through significant programs and actions of substantial contribution and ongoing assistance. The initiatives undertaken by the Group are linked to the needs of each region and are shaped through open dialogue with stakeholders, by conducting research and identification of material issues, public opinion surveys, public debates and consultations.
2020 was an unprecedentedly difficult year due to the pandemic, which had a significant impact on the implementation of the Group’s social actions in specific pillars. Despite the difficulties, it is worth noting that with the coordinated and collective effort of both the Group and the social partners, the majority of social actions were successfully completed. More specifically, the Group, with a sense of responsibility, contributed to the collective national effort to address the pandemic crisis, providing practical support to the National Health System and to society. In consultation with the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies, it provided medical equipment, healthcare materials, consumables, fuel and parallel support for vulnerable social groups.
In addition to the actions taken in response to the pandemic, the Group’s contribution and responsible attitude towards society as a whole, through an integrated three hundred and sixty degree (360°) strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility issues, was directed towards 4 main pillars:
From the beginning of the pandemic, the Group implemented a major program, contributing in particular to the efforts of the State for the benefit of the country and its citizens with the amount of 8 million euros for the years 2020 – 2021. In 2020, the Group invested an amount of 6.7 million euros. The actions and activities were directed to the following main pillars:
The Group managed to meet immediate and urgent needs of the COVID-19 reference hospitals in a timely manner, with donations of state-of-the-art molecular diagnostic systems and modern medical technology equipment, in consultation with the relevant Ministries, thus contributing to the upgrading and improvement of hospital services.
The contribution of all the Group’s relevant Departments and Services was significant for the successful organization and implementation of the aforementioned activities under tight deadlines. The employees who participated in these important projects responded promptly and effectively, realizing their role in an organization with a sense of responsibility towards Society and the State
With local communities, where we do business, we are always in open dialogue and listen to what the important issues are for each region. We apply good practices that are relevant to all social groups, support the local economy and local suppliers, offer opportunities for young people and place particular emphasis on the localness criterion in the recruitment process.
We currently employ more than 520 employees living in neighbouring municipalities in the Thriassio area and 122 employees living in the Western Thessaloniki area.
More than €3 million in municipal taxes are paid annually and the local economy is strengthened by selecting businesses neighbouring our facilities for the supply of products and services.
Purchases from local suppliers amount to 16.5% of the total value of purchases by HELPE & DIAXON (industrial companies) and 96.6% by marketing companies (not taking into account costs such as purchase, transport and storage of raw materials and intermediate products, water, energy and telephone costs, intra-group transactions and payments to public authorities, insurance funds and insurance companies). For the definition of ‘local supplier’ see index 204-1.
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|Local Suppliers %||96.6%||96.5%|
Purchases from local suppliers based on neighbouring with the facilities communities
(HELPE and DIAXON)
In 2020, the total expenditure on social responsibility actions outside Greece was approximately €708,655. Below are the key actions by country, illustrating the breadth of our commitment, particularly this year, when the Group stood by to help with the response to the pandemic.
Prioritise actions that are in line with the Group’s strategy regarding Energy Transition and Digital Transformation.
Strengthening actions aimed at fighting disease, eradicating hunger and reducing poverty during the pandemic and the post-pandemic period, when the impact on the economy will be at its peak. At the same time, designing and implementing programs that contribute to the self-sufficiency and economic independence of vulnerable social groups.
Continue to invest in quality education, research and innovation, supporting the new generation with modern and asynchronous learning.
Design and implement actions that contribute to the visibility of environmental issues and the national effort to offset carbon emissions.
Support cultural and sporting activities and programs, contributing to the promotion of cultural heritage and the values of ‘fair play’.