Poland: Commercial Union - day off for volunteers

Article date: 5 December 2006

Each full-time Commercial Union (CU) employee who becomesinvolved at least one day as a volunteer will get one additionalday off work during the year – this decision was made by theCU management board to mark International Volunteer Day today. Theextra incentive to give selfless aid to those in need will comeinto effect at CU from the beginning of 2007.

Ever since it began operating in Poland almost 15 years ago, theCommercial Union group has been supporting voluntary work in anumber of ways. In 2001, the company sponsored volunteer centres inPoland and began working with the Volunteer Centre Association(www.wolontariat.org),which it continues to do today. The same year it was awarded thehonorary title Guardian of the Voluntary Sector inPoland.

The involvement of employees in voluntary work is good notjust for those who benefit from the aid, but for the employeesthemselves and for the company. It engenders more harmonious humanrelations within the company. It brings a feeling of satisfaction.Volunteers are more liable to identify themselves with the aims ofthe company. That is why CU, as an employer, has resolved to givedue credit to employees who have committed themselves and toencourage others to act selflessly," says Grażyna Goslings, CUPoland’s corporate communications director.

Encouragement to serve as a volunteer begins with education.Specific proposals are posted on the pages of CU’s staffnewsletters and on the internal information network. CU employeeshelp out at children’s homes, youth clubs and socialorganisations and work to support a foundation that promotesprotection of the environment. Over the last weekend, 1-3 December2006, several people from CU took part in a collection offoodstuffs at shopping centres that was organised by the Food Banksnetwork.

Within CU, collections of items and money are also organised,especially in the run-up to Christmas. Employees have provided helpfor children suffering from AIDS, children and very poor parentsfrom social aid centres in particular Warsaw districts, and alsochildren and young people with physical and mental disabilities inthe care of the Bieszczady Association “Ray of Hope” inthe economically disadvantaged Bieszczady mountains insouth-eastern Poland.


Bohdan Bialorucki
Telephone: +48 22 557 43 41
E-mail: bohdan_bialorucki@cu.com.pl
For further information, see www.cu.pl

Notes to editors:
Commercial UnionPoland group is part of the international Aviva group – theworld’s fifth largest insurance group, and the largest in theUnited Kingdom by revenues. Aviva group operates in 25 countries.It occupies a strong position in the European Union, includingUnited Kingdom, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy andPoland. It also has major operations in the USA, Canada, Australiaand Asia. Worldwide, Aviva group services about 35 millioncustomers and manages assets valued at over £330 billion. Foradditional information, see the website www.aviva.com

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