Here are some examples of how Securitas participates in initiatives in local communities:
Creating opportunities for war victims in Colombia
In Colombia, the long civil war has left behind numerous victims, many of them with little education and living in poor conditions. In 2012, Securitas Colombia joined the United Nations Global Compact and the initiatives Business for Peace (B4P) and Women's Empowerment. Being part of these initiatives allowed us to generate public-private partnerships for the recruitment of war victims, displaced persons and retired military personnel. Securitas provides basic security officer training for these recruits at no cost and then offers them employment in the company.
In another initiative, through the signing of the so called transparency pact, Securitas has reached an agreement with the Colombian state to train our employees in human rights issues. The objective of the initiative, which is promoted by the Colombian government and the Swedish Business Network in Colombia, is to fight corruption by strengthening the development of a fair business environment with clear rules. As part of the initiative, Securitas Colombia has adopted the guidelines included in the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative.
With the help of UN Global Compact and Corporación Fenalco Solidario, an organization promoting corporate social responsibility, Securitas Colombia also trains suppliers in business ethics, social responsibility and human rights.
Cooperation to find missing children in Belgium
Since 2012, Securitas in Belgium has been a partner of Child Focus, a foundation working to find missing children and protect abused children. The Belgian organization was founded in 1996 on the initiative of Jean-Denis Lejeune, one year after the disappearance of his own daughter, and is a member of Missing Children Europe, a federation of 30 members in 26 countries in Europe.
Child Focus works actively to protect missing children, abducted or runaway children, and sexually abused and exploited children. The organization provides psychological and legal support to the victims, both the children themselves and their parents. Child Focus also informs the public of missing children and this is where Securitas plays an important role. Our security officers receive information about missing children, and watch for them during their working hours to help find them. If a security officer comes across someone who looks like one of the children, he or she informs Securitas Care Center. The Care Center, which is the contact point between Securitas and Child Focus, in turn alerts Child Focus so that they can take quick action.
Each year, Child Focus launches a new campaign to create awareness about their work. Securitas helps by distributing posters and other material.
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