Airtel Nigeria on Wednesday said it had re-launched its ?Employee Volunteer Scheme?, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The scheme was introduced in 2011 to chart a new course in the way the company, in collaboration with its employees, can make a difference in the lives of Nigerians.
The Group Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Africa, Mr Christian De Faria said in a statement in Lagos that the scheme was introduced in 2011.
De Faria said that the aim of the scheme was to chart a new course in the way the company, in collaboration with its employees, could make a difference in the lives of Nigerians.
He charged the employees to go beyond their jobs to do more for the society by imbibing the spirit of giving.
The Group CEO, who pledged a monthly donation to support the scheme in Nigeria, urged the Nigerian employees to make the company proud through by their contributions so as to make impact on the lives of Nigerians.
The Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Segun Ogunsanya, said that giving did not only mean donating money, but also time and knowledge.
Ogunsanya said that donating money, time and knowledge were instrumental towards earning any organisation its social licence to operate.
He added that organisations that gave never lacked the patronage and admiration of the society.
According to him, Airtel Nigeria, in its renewed spirit of social responsibility will avail all employees, specific number of days in addition to their regular leave days to engage in personal social responsibility activities.
He said that such personal social responsibility activities would be monitored, reported and recognised.
?The activities should also include mentoring younger people, who have high expectations of corporate executives in terms of guidance and motivation as they pursue their developmental and career objectives,? Ogunsanya advised.
He said that the re-launch of the scheme was to further enhance Airtel?s commitment in positively contributing to society in which they operate.
?It is good to receive and even better to give. We work for an organisation which cares about and supports in the provision of the needs of the less privileged in our society.
?We believe that our customers and indeed the people of Nigeria are more than just a telephone connection,? the CEO said.
According to him, the Airtel Employee Volunteer scheme provides a platform for employees to support charity causes through the contribution of time, knowledge and cash or material resources.
?The objective of the re-launch is to bring all employees on board of the scheme and encourage them to become active participants in making a difference in the society.
?Through this volunteer scheme, we seek to encourage individuals to participate in a variety of tasks, no matter how simple, to serve the society and our country.
?All cash donations and material donations garnered through the scheme will be invested in social causes to help the less privileged and build a better society,? he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that monthly deductions will be effected from the salaries of members of staff that registered for the scheme, so as to support the scheme. (NAN)