Telenor Pakistan has launched a unique CR initiative in which employees are to contribute a total of 50,000 paid working hours in programmes supporting fellow citizens in Pakistan.
Recognising its commitment to local community, Telenor Pakistan has launched an Employee Engagement Programme called Telenor Hum qadam. Through this initiative, employees are granted an opportunity to become involved in their communities by lending support to programmes that enrich the quality of life of all citizens. A key component is teaching ICT skills – thus building on our business competence. This is a first-of-its kind employee engagement being introduced in corporate sector in Pakistan and the first mandatory employee engagement programme in the Telenor Group.
20 working hours per employee
It will be mandatory for all permanent employees in Telenor Pakistan to spend at least 20 paid working hours per year working with community engagement projects with partner organizations/NGOs in any of the following areas of interest:
- Emergency Response/disaster preparedness/relief
Employees can complete the required 20 hours together over a few days, spaced out over a few weeks or throughout the year at their own convenience. Those wishing to contribute more than 20 hours can do so on holidays/weekends.
Types of Projects/volunteer-areas
The Telenor Pakistan employees will have the option to choose from a variety of different projects being run by partner organizations. Employees will be participating in diverse activities including mentoring high school students from underprivileged backgrounds, teaching ICT skills to government school teachers or students, providing attendant services to persons with disabilities, and conducting disaster preparedness sessions in flood-affected communities.
“We congratulate Telenor Pakistan on the launch and we look forward to see the results going forward,” said Mai Oldgard, Vice President and Head of Group Corporate Responsibility.
List of partners
These are the organisations that have been enlisted as partners for Telenor Hum qadam so far:
- CARE Foundation
- READ Foundation
- Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi (ITA)
- SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan
- Developments in Literacy (DIL)
- Initiator Human Development Foundation (IHDF)
- Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP)
- Saaya Association
- Disabled Welfare Association
- Awareness Voluntary Organization
- Special Life Foundation
- Society for Special Persons
- Movement for Independent Living
- Pakistan Red Crescent Society