With its tagline of “Exchanging smartphones for shovels”, TalentDays 2016, is back for the third time. With the initiative Evonik shows that the company is not only keen on being in the lead when it comes to business but that it also takes its role as a responsible member of society very seriously.  

TalentDay 2016

Exchanging smartphones for shovels: The team on site in Vietnam.   

As part of Evonik’s talent development plan, TalentDays 2016 brought Evonik Industries’ Corporate Executive talents from around the globe back to Vietnam to build safe and functional shelters for local families. The proven collaboration between the International aid organization – Habitat for Humanity, Evonik and local families took place in the Hoa Binh region.

The initiative is part of Evonik’s broader approach to act as a responsible member of society and to also inculcate this attitude in the mindsets of its Corporate Executive talents. “As a globally active company which emphasizes creativity as a corporate core value, we strongly believe that looking at a challenge from different perspectives helps to handle it,” says Peter Meinshausen, Regional President of Evonik South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ). “That’s the reason why our talent development plan combines the internal benefit for our talents with giving back to society. To me these are two sides of the very same coin.”

In the past two weeks, over 20 upcoming executives including Aneta Tatarynowicz, Head of Financial Reporting SEAANZ, traveled to Hoa Binh mountain province, a remote region of Vietnam where over 100 families are in poor living conditions, and rolled up their sleeves to shovel and piece each brick by hand for the foundation, walls as well as roof of the houses in the hot and humid condition. “It is a unique and positive experience for me to help build houses from scratch just so that the less fortunate can live comfortably and most importantly, safely,” said Aneta Tatarynowicz. “While the task is physically demanding, my tiredness wears away when I see the new owners of the house content with what we have built.”

Evonik and Habitat for Humanity have signed a mid-term cooperation agreement for the project. It ensures that every corporate talent will have the opportunity to make a local contribution and gain hands-on experience of development in the region until 2018. “Without the support of Evonik and Habitat for Humanity, we never know when we can build a home,” said Mr. Bui Van Tinh, one of the beneficiaries. “A new home gives us a feeling of security, and now all our efforts could go for our children’s education. I wish they will have better jobs, not to do seasonal labor work like us.”

Credits to Evonik Regional Communication.

 

 

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Ha Noi

Address: Room 203, E3 Building, Trung Tu Diplomatic Compound, 6 Dang Van Ngu, Dong Da Dist, Hanoi
Phone: +84 (04) 3715 2615 - Fax: +84 (04) 3715 2614

Phu Tho

Project name: Improving shelter security, health and disaster resilience in Phu Tho province
Project length: February 2015 - June 2016
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH
Beneficiaries: 41 households; 3 local authorities, 500 teachers and students and additional 100 villagers via training
Donor: Habitat for Humanity Australia
Budget: US$ 110,000

Thai Nguyen

Project name: Low-income housing, water and education in Thai Nguyen province
Project length: November 2014 – October 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH
Beneficiaries: 92 households; 210 community members and local authorities via training and 1000 students via equipment of IT classroom
Donor: Samsung
Budget: US$ 225,000

Hoa Binh

Project name: Improved housing and WASH for low-income households in Northern Vietnam
Project length: January 2014 – June 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH
Beneficiaries: 80 ethnic minority households; 5 local authorities and additional 200 community members via training
Donor: Evonik Industries
Budget: € 120,000

Quang Nam

#1
Project name: Building Disaster Resilient Communities
Project length: March 2014 - December 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH, CBDRM
Beneficiaries: 65 households; 200 local masons and 1200 local authorities and community members via training
Donor: Habitat for Humanity Australia
#2
Budget: US$ 204,237
Project name: Safe community in disaster-prone Quang Nam
Project length: July 2014 – June 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH, CBDRM
Beneficiaries: 56 households; additional 90 community members via training
Donor: Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
Budget: US$ 127,040

TP. Ho Chi Minh

Address: 53/10 Tran Khanh Du, District 1, Tp. Ho Chi Minh
Phone: +84 (08) 3526 5005 - Fax: +84 (08) 3526 5323
Email: info@habitatvietnam.org

Tien Giang

Project name: Nine Dragons – Phase 2
Project length: October 2013 – September 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH, CBDRM
Beneficiaries: 208 households; 10 local authorities and additional 330 community members via training
Donor: AusAID and Habitat for Humanity Australia
Budget: US$ 217,641

Long An

Project name: Housing upgrade in Long An province via Microfinance partnership
Project length: March 2015 – August 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH
Beneficiaries: 22 households; 75 community members and local authorities via training
Donor: P&G
Budget: US$ 64,874

Ba ria - Vung Tau

Project name: POSCO 3
Project length: September 2014 - February 2016
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH
Beneficiaries: 85 households
Donor: POSCO
Budget: US$ 507,475