Throughout the year, Neste has celebrated its 70th anniversary. Over the decades, we have grown into the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel. As this transformation has proved, we have set sustainable business as a top priority for the company.
In 2018, alongside the celebrations we have focused our efforts to become an active member of the communities in which we operate. Our aim is to demonstrate that Neste employees share a common objective; in our commitment to responsible operations we are working together to building a healthier planet for future generations.
In support of this, we decided to encourage each employee to spend half a working day volunteering at their chosen charity during 2018. Hundreds of Neste employees embraced the opportunity to volunteer around the world, from Porvoo to Geneva and in Singapore, to name a few. The exact number of participants will be provided in the Neste Sustainability Report in March 2019.
My colleagues here in Espoo volunteered their time to build furniture for SOS Children’s Villages and to distribute food items at Myllypuro Food Aid. Some employees enjoyed the work so much, that they are planning to continue helping these charities in their spare time as well.
As my focus at Neste lies in human resources, I was pleased to see how much positive feedback the voluntary work experiment received. Some got to use their professional expertise as a volunteer, while others enjoyed a thought-provoking break from their own work. The experience lifted team spirit and inspired our employees.
Many Neste employees said that they felt proud to work for an employer who encourages its employees to understand social issues, and encourages them to take action. For me, that is the best possible thank you for this work.
I am delighted to announce that we have decided to offer the opportunity to volunteer again in 2019 to all Neste employees.