Cooperating with NGOs and media
Engaging with the media
We interact with media representatives both locally and globally to publicize our sustainability work. Our CEO’s quarterly briefings provide basic information about Outotec’s performance. We also organize interviews where journalists can discuss our goals, new products and newsworthy events with our management representatives. We publish case stories on our website for the media, and aim to organize press trips to Outotec’s R&D centers or reference plants at customers’ sites, in order to show concrete examples of our work to journalists.
Our experts additionally meet trade press representatives at exhibitions and conferences, and share the latest product news with them.
Working with NGOs and local communities
Outotec contributes to community wellbeing by paying taxes, providing direct and indirect employment, and cooperating with educational institutions. We also participate in local initiatives to increase welfare in the countries where we operate.
Outotec aims to support local projects that benefit communities where our major customers operate. These community projects are based on local needs, and defined through dialogue with local communities. We strive to realize community projects in collaboration with our customers, using joint financing. We also aim to integrate voluntary work into community projects – both during and outside working hours. All community projects must bring measurable benefits to the local community.
One such project was run at Westbury Youth Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, in collaboration with several other companies. Outotec donated a freight container and steel structures to be used in building entertainment facilities at the center. In addition, Outotec employees donated their time to participate in a community activation day at the youth center. This event was designed to empower young people by encouraging creative and entrepreneurial engagement.
Our employees also engaged with local communities in Australia, contributing gifts and food to a Salvation Army scheme targeting needy families in Sydney and Perth over the Christmas period.
Outotec has continued to support the Baltic Sea Action Group’s initiatives for the rehabilitation of the Baltic Sea, and additionally sponsored the Millennium Technology Prize. We also see the Sustainability Awards we give to students in South Africa, China and Australia as a means of engaging with local communities.
Charitable financial donations were frozen after Outotec’s Board of Directors proposed to the Annual General Meeting of shareholders in April that there would be no budget for such donations for 2016.
In 2016, 24% (33%) of our operations ran local community engagement programs (G4-SO1). Such activities had to be reduced due to the weak financial performance of the company.
Our target for 2016 was to start one new community project. This was achieved through our involvement in the Sustainability Master Class program at the University of Helsinki in Finland.