As a company, Arval is aware of its huge social responsibility to both people and the environment. Arval supports social projects for this reason:
National Read Aloud Day
Each year, on the third Friday in November, more than 110,000 readers enjoy taking part in the reading campaign day across Germany. Together, more than two million listeners – both large and small – are read aloud to. On 18 November 2016, Arval employees were involved as readers in kindergartens, child daycare centres and schools in the Munich region.
As part of the “Ferne Welten – Nahe Welten” (Distant and familiar worlds) event, the Museumspädagogisches Zentrum, a museum-based education centre in Munich, provided refugees with a cultural exchange between the familiar and the new. Together with pupils from the Schlau-Schule in Munich, BNP Paribas employees visited the Bavarian National Museum and the Museum of Five Continents and had lunch together afterwards. Arval has also been involved in improvement work in the Unterhaching ‘Klawotte’ – similar to a second-hand shop. The principle behind the Klawotte, a Workers’ Welfare Association project, is simple: Actively engaged citizens donate well-preserved clothing, toys and CDs as well as table cloths and bed linen. These are sorted by the Klawotte’s volunteer helpers and then labelled with affordable prices. All sales proceeds from the donated goods – after deduction of costs incurred such as the shop lease – are used to fund social projects or to provide local assistance in individual cases. For example, they have funded hospital emergency bags for homeless women and purchased baby equipment for mothers in need of support.A few internal improvements had to be made to the social shop in Unterhaching. These were carried out by volunteers.
“Hilfe von Mensch zu Mensch” – or ‘people helping people’ – is an association providing support to refugees and migrants.
Arval has provided the Munich-based association with two vehicles to assist with the care and support of unaccompanied refugees who are minors.Further information about the association and its work is available at www.hvmzm.de.
Funding reading programmes to support refugees
Together with the “Stiftung Lesen” reading foundation, BNP Paribas in Germany donated books for “Story-telling and reading aloud” boxes to 50 refugee organisations. Arval was involved in the donation and handed over two of these boxes to the “Hilfe von Mensch zu Mensch” association. The association used the books in its projects to support the integration of young refugees.
Arval organised an Easter breakfast on Easter Sunday for those in need at the Munich Bahnhofsmission, which assists people in need at railway stations. Staff prepared the breakfast and helped to serve the food.
Aktion Kinder-Unfallhilfe – an initiative supporting child accident victims
The Arval Christmas donation went to the Aktion Kinder-Unfallhilfe (www.kinder-unfallhilfe.de). The association supports accident prevention measures as well as projects in hospitals, rehabilitation organisations and associations. These aim to help children and young people to overcome the physical and psychological consequences of accidents.