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Supporting a local orphanage

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Supporting a local orphanage

VSL Vietnam project staff organised a visit to Hoa Mai Orphanage Centre in Danang, taking with them presents and items of stationery for the children there.

Local focus for global safety days

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Local focus for global safety days

VSL’s entities were given the opportunity to focus on local priorities for this year’s safety days. Many topics were tackled around the world. Previous experience from global annual events run by VSL International ensured that the days ran smoothly and individual companies will now take the lead every other year

Bike to work

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Bike to work

VSL Switzerland has participated for a fifth time in ‘Bike to work’, a nationwide campaign to motivate commuters to use bicycles instead of cars. Staff from VSL and 1,467 other Swiss companies pedalled 6.8 million kilometres.

Extension for Long Hai Social center in Vietnam

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Extension for Long Hai Social center in Vietnam

An extension of the building for the children at the Long Hai Social Centre in Vietnam was officially handed over in 2012 to welcome disabled children and victims of dioxin poisoning. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of VSL’s staff members supporting the project.

VSL best sub-contractor on SLNG

VSL best sub-contractor on SLNG

Samsung C and T has named VSL Singapore as ‘Best Sub-contractor of the Year 2011’ for its work on the Singapore LNG Terminal project. In addition, 60 VSL workers were awarded the title of ‘best safety conscious worker’ in 2011. VSL was also awarded "Best Sub-contractor of the month" for February 2012.

Video-conferencing to reduce VSL’s air travel

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Video-conferencing to reduce VSL’s air travel

As part of its response to a significant environmental footprint from air travel, VSL has initiated a program to install video-conferencing. When travelling is for meetings and not worksite related, video conferencing are an alternative. So far 25 offices now have a video-conferencing capability.

Enfants des Rizières – Children of the rice fields

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Enfants des Rizières – Children of the rice fields

Inititated in Vietnam in 2011, VSL staff members in Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Hong Kong and Singapore have joined together to help make life better for the children at a community centre in Long Hai, Vietnam. The personal commitment of everyone involved was the key to success. Pour les Enfants des Rizières is a non-profit organisation aimed at helping disadvantaged children in Vietnam. Bouygues Construction’s charitable foundation Terre Plurielle is contributing funding towards the Long Hai centre, which will make it possible to feed and care for local disadvantaged children as well as giving them access to schooling. Touched by the project and its potential impact, the staff and management of VSL Vietnam decided to organise a collection of clothes, books and toys for the Maison Sociale. The idea was taken up and extended through the regional network.

Donations to the Solomon Islands

VSL Australia is a corporate member of the International Foundation of Emergency Architects Australia, which helps to rebuild devastated areas in a sustainable manner. Participation in this initiative stems from VSL’s commitment to sustainable development, which encourages involvement in the economic and social life of others. In 2012, VSL Australia donated toys to disadvantaged children in the Solomon Islands. Donations were also sent to the Smile Group in Vietnam whose mission is to help families affected by Aids.

Donations for earthquake victims

Staff and management of VSL Hong Kong joined efforts to support the victims of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. People in the affected areas are suffering from shortages of shelter, food and water, on top of the loss of life. VSL HK’s staff immediately organised in-house fund raising. The company donated the same amount and the donations were presented to the Consulate-General of Japan on 30 March 2011.

Free help: Services to Elderly

VSL Singapore has made agreements with various organizations in Singapore to provide structural repair and strengthening services free of charge to homes and facilities for the elderly in 2011. VSL will regularly inspect facilities and propose solutions to repair or strengthen where defects are found.

Carbon reduction charter: Green Partnership

In spring 2011, VSL in Hong Kong and its entities Intrafor, and their sister company, FT Laboratories have signed the Hong Kong Government Environmental Protection Department’s Carbon Reduction Charter. This encourages organisations to contribute to reducing the electricity used by Hong Kong’s buildings, which currently account for 89% of consumption there.

Fund raising: Fun and Funding

VSL staff and key clients took part in the 4th Giant Steps Autism Sailing Regatta in Sydney in October 2011. The VSL yachts were very successful in an event that brought together some of Australia’s leading financial and construction companies in support of children with autism. The event raised more than AU$90,000 (€50,000).

Company scheme: Lucky pocket

VSL-Intrafor Hong Kong provided financial support to the St James Settlement organisation in Hong Kong, which assists families in need. In a scheme that will be repeated annually, the company doubled any ‘Lai See’ money contributed by staff. Lai See is the traditional ‘lucky pocket’ envelope distributed at Chinese New Year.

Help for Haiti

Emergency Architects provided help following the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010, sending a team to assess damage to strategic buildings and identify places that were safe for shelter. VSL in Australia supported the work via donations.

City2Surf 2010

VSL Australia and Emergency Architects were among a record 80,000 participants in the 14km City2Surf race in Sydney. The 36 VSL entrants completed the scenic course from central Sydney to Bondi Beach via a fiendish halfway point, Heartbreak Hill. Their efforts were in support of Emergency Architects projects and also proved a great team-building opportunity.

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