Giving back to the territories in which we operate
As part of the Group’s CSR strategy, we are committed to giving back to the territories in which we operate. Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s employees in Continental Europe have the opportunity to volunteer and dedicate one weekday per year to foster better communities, getting involved in the Group’s social actions: either URW for Jobs or a Solidarity Day.
URW for Jobs events support individuals living in close proximity to our assets who are in search of employment. Through mentoring, training and access to job fairs, candidates have the opportunity to interview with our shopping centre tenants and services providers. The Solidarity Day programme helps the communities where we are established by supporting associations and NGOs who raise awareness on topics such as environment, health, culture, youth and disability.
For these events, close partnerships are made with NGOs. Each country has selected a theme that best responds to local issues faced by young people. Throughout 2017, 719 Group employees in Continental Europe participated in URW for Jobs and Solidarity Day actions that are held in 28 of the Group’s shopping centres in all of the European countries where we operate.
44% of employees from Continental Europe have participated in URW Involved!
URW for Jobs and Solidarity Days are two excellent examples of the Group’s commitment to the development of the communities in which it operates. We want to be fully engaged in tackling the social issues of today. As part of my role, I coordinate these social initiatives at Group level in Continental Europe and involve all employee volunteers in this challenge. The most rewarding part is, of course, seeing our impact on the people we support through these actions and on the employees themselves!
Sabine Pompey, CSR Manager