We think it is important to be a sensible member of the society in which we operate, and to be engaged. There are 2 important pillars to this;
1 We are minimising our ecological impact by reducing our own CO² emissions and making other companies aware of sustainable operations using technology;
2 We invest part of our profits and expertise back into society. We get a lot of requests for this. No matter how difficult it is sometimes, we cannot do everything. This is why we have made a number of clear, positive choices:
We support initiatives that encourage entrepreneurship and working with technology & ICT;
We support initiatives that stimulate (inclusive) sports, health and innovative care.
We have a big heart for good causes that put health first. Preferably initiatives that support sport and health for people with physical or mental disabilities. When a link is made with new technologies – our core business – we become really excited.
We prefer partnerships for the long term.
Some specific examples of this Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy:
VanRoey.be is supporting ‘To Walk Again’ with all its ICT needs for the coming years.
The Van Roey ICT Group has delegated a team for Run to Walk Again in 2017 and 2018 and thus collects additional financial resources to support the organisation.
To Walk Again was founded by Marc Herremans and wants to help people in wheelchairs (of which there are more than 52,000 in Flanders) become more active and to fully participate in our society. Movement and exercise are a crucial aspect of this. To Walk Again offers children, young people and adults with physical disabilities an opportunity to take part in adapted exercise and movement activities such as sports and holiday camps, adapted fitness, wheelchair basketball, handbiking, etc.
The beating heart of To Walk Again is the post-rehabilitation centre based in AZ Herentals. Here, people with physical disabilities receive stimulating and progressive post-rehabilitation tailored to the individual needs. The centre uses the latest technologies and provides expert guidance. A good example of this is walking with the support of the Ekso Bionics walking robot.
Gold partner of the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics will use the VanRoey.be EventManager tool in the coming years to register and communicate with all volunteers at all of its events, in particular the annual National Games.
The Van Roey ICT Group in turn commits itself to involve G-athletes wherever possible in its sporting initiatives (Play Unified) and to send volunteers to Special Olympics activities. Improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sport, this is the mission of the Special Olympics since its inauguration in 1968. The Special Olympics has become an international movement. Special Olympics Belgium was founded in 1979, and now boasts 12,000 athletes under its wings. According to estimates, there are 165,000 people with intellectual disabilities in our country. The 2020 goal for Special Olympics Belgium is to reach 20,000 athletes. That would mean an increase of 60%.
Cancer is dominant in our society. No less than one Belgian in three is confronted with this terrible disease. The fight against cancer has important requirements both in terms of prevention, detection, treatment and palliative care.
In 2012, three committed “Kempenaars” (people from Kempen, Belgium): our General Manager Pat Van Roey, Marc Leysen and Guy Van Roey came up with the initiative, “Kempenfietst.be with a heart for cancer research”. This slogan was later adapted to “Kempenfietst.be with a heart for the cancer patient”. With this Kempen initiative, the founders want to raise money for the fight against cancer through sport. The aim is to organise a cycling trip through the Kempen every year and to donate the proceeds for the benefit of cancer patients in the region. Relevant examples of the great charities that were chosen are Ispahan and Alegria. More than €300,000 has been raised since the start.
The Van Roey ICT Group is involved in the organisation, participates on a daily basis, and supports the initiative financially.
Move(d) To Help is een sportieve familiehappening van Rotary Turnhout waarbij geld ingezameld wordt voor een aantal goede doelen die zich inzetten voor mensen in (kans)armoede in de provincie Antwerpen. Locatie is Merksplas Kolonie. Naast lopen, wandelen en fietsen, kan je ook deelnemen aan een “Move(d) to Help Team Challenge”. Inclusieve sport staat hoog op de agenda. Er zijn tornooien en activiteiten voor G-sporters.
Reducing CO2 emissions by getting more colleagues on their bikes
“Cycling is not only good for the environment, it is good for the health of our team, it reduces stress and is cheaper for the cyclists. This fits the VanRoey.be philosophy completely. We want to do business, but we want to it with respect for the world in which we operate and the people with whom we do business.”
-Pat Van Roey
Even though there were already a number of avid cyclists in the company, we have noticed 87% of our employees come to work by car every day, even though they live within cycling distance of our offices. This was due to various reasons such as dropping off and picking up kids or travelling to appointments with customers during the course of the day. But the limited business infrastructure also proved to be an important reason. We are convinced that we can get a lot more people to cycle by providing continuous awareness and the right investments. For this, the Van Roey ICT Group is getting a boost from the Flemish government (Pendelfonds – a fund that subsidises projects that promote sustainable commuter traffic). We will invest €87,000 from 2017 up to and including 2019, while the Flemish government will add €33,500. Our people will also be investing, for example when they buy a new bicycle. In concrete terms: some planned actions – We want to stimulate use of the bicycle as a sustainable alternative to the car. A “Mobility” project group will set up communication and awareness campaigns. We want the promotions to be carried forward by our team. Cycling ambassadors have also been identified. We will continuously communicate information such as how many people come to work by bike and how much CO2 we are saving. We will also encourage colleagues with fun activities, while also taking part in team cycling days such as Kempen Fietst on 1 May. – The cycling infrastructure is being addressed: Our employees can buy a bicycle and bicycle equipment with financial support from VanRoey.be. Cyclists also get a get-you-home guarantee and assistance in the event of problems. We are building a modern bicycle parking lot and a room with showers and lockers. – We are also buying company bicycles that can be used to go for a short ride during the afternoon, to go to the shop, or to replace a bicycle that needs maintenance, etc.
“Signing up to the ‘Kempen2020’ regional project fits in with our ambition to minimise the ecological impact on the environment in which we operate. In 2017 and beyond, we will begin to put extra emphasis on sustainable commuter traffic. We want to get up to 30% of our colleagues on their bikes. Today, the number is only 10%. The aid from the Provinciaal Mobiliteitspunt Antwerpen [Provincial Mobility of Antwerp] is invaluable. They carried out a Mobiscan and guided us in submitting a Pendelfonds dossier. In addition, we are also inspired by the Bicycle Promotion Campaign from IOK. We want to make cycling come alive with our people through fun and motivational promotions.” “Signing up to the ‘Kempen2020’ regional project fits in with our ambition to minimise the ecological impact on the environment in which we operate. In 2017 and beyond, we will begin to put extra emphasis on sustainable commuter traffic. We want to get up to 30% of our colleagues on their bikes. Today, the number is only 10%. The aid from the Provinciaal Mobiliteitspunt Antwerpen [Provincial Mobility of Antwerp] is invaluable. They carried out a Mobiscan and guided us in submitting a Pendelfonds dossier. In addition, we are also inspired by the Bicycle Promotion Campaign from IOK. We want to make cycling come alive with our people through fun and motivational promotions.”
We also want to actively promote our commitment to getting more people on their bikes. We hope to convince other companies to go the same way. In support of this, the Van Roey ICT Group set up the Netwerk Fietsende Managers [Network of Managers who Cycle].
This is supported by Voka and IOK. The Network of Managers who Cycle wants to connect entrepreneurs and managers from the Antwerp region of Kempen who want to take a leading role in a bicycle policy in their company. The fact that they enjoy cycling is certainly a plus. Because, in addition to exchanging information about promoting the bicycle for commuter traffic, it is also an effective cycling and sporting networking. The network meets every first Wednesday evening of the month, usually at 6 pm, although this time may vary depending on the planned activity.
Annual participation in the Voka and IOK litter campaign
We also participate every year in the IOK and VOKA litter campaign, a large-scale clean-up campaign that takes place on all industrial estates around Kempen. Litter hurts the eyes of most people. We too prefer not to see litter on and around our industrial estate.
Work hard, play hard, with a healthy dose of sportsmanship.
At the beginning of the year, we decided to step it up a bit. We want to become fitter, healthier and have more energy. This is why we decided to participate in the Fittest Company in Flanders competition this year. For 12 weeks, we have to eat healthier and exercise more, all under the supervision of Ready2improve coaches.
Every year, we give dozens of schools a tour of our company, and we go to schools throughout the province of Antwerp.
We often work with organisations such as Voka, Etion, Vlajo (Entrepreneurs for the classroom, Dream Coach, etc.). We find it important to share our experience with teachers and students. It is important that they know how things work in practice.
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We have developed a structural partnership with Thomas More. We give guest lectures, take part in juries, shape training courses, and organise an annual hackathon.
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