May 2023 - Jalisco, Mexico
“A community cannot thrive unless it is healthy in every way” - Careyes Foundation. It is for this reason that we renewed our commitment to supporting their Vocational Training Center (VTC). Their goal is to expand professional opportunities for adolescents and adults through a series of courses that broaden horizons and new opportunities.
Evertis believes that preparing youth for a brighter future, is the key to achieving lasting change. Therefore, we are delighted to join forces with the Careyes Foundation in a regenerative effort to uplift every person and create conditions for peace and prosperity in the Emiliano Zapata community, of the state of Jalisco, Mexico.
Our partnership milestones for 2022 were successful. The teaching of robotics, hospitality courses, and English lessons has brought great benefits to the community. The number of participants grew, and in 2023 the VTC is expanding!
This is fantastic news for us and the Careyes community, as we can see the positive impact of our collaboration from the project's beginning until now. Our partnership goals for this year aim to support this wonderful project in acquiring computers and hiring a full-time robotics teacher. With the increasing interest in robotics, a full-time teacher is essential, and the Robotics Club has received more applications from new students.
With our support, Careyes will continue to focus on teaching English lessons, preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship, and helping them build a better future.
April 2023 - Brazil
From Pledge to Action: We are committed to regrowing forests sustainably and to help protect biodiversity. The Tribo Xokleng tribe, working to save their endangered Araucaria trees and their culture through the Instituto Zag, are in perfect alignment with our regenerative strategy.
Being aware of the impacts that our activities have on our planet, our efforts go beyond implementing our sustainability strategy. In terms of biodiversity, our main goal is to contribute, in a regenerative way, to haltering and reversing biodiversity loss by 2030, and to support the restoration of our environment and the ecosystems where we operate.
For this reason, Evertis partnered with the Instituto Zag in Brazil, an organization that is fighting for the preservation of the Araucaria Angustifolia forests, for the land of their ancestors, and for their indigenous culture, wisdom and human rights. After many years of suffering land grabbing, massacres, human rights violations, illegal logging, deforestation amongst others, and nearly being exterminated, the last heirs of this culture are determined in their fight for their land, and to preserve the Araucaria tree and forest.
This tree has a vast importance in the life of the Xoklengs as well as for biodiversity and conservation efforts. They depend on the Araucaria tree for food, use its medicinal properties to treat illness and consider it a central element of their spirituality. The Araucaria tree itself is two steps away from being completely extinct according to the IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Endangered Species. If the Araucaria becomes extinct, so does the Tribo Xokleng and their cultural heritage, as well as their wisdom. For the oxygen, biodiversity chain and human development, it will be a great loss and another step backwards in our restoration efforts.
We turn our pledge to action through this collaboration with the Instituto Zag, and as one of our first actions, we will support their next campaign of Araucaria planting, starting this month. Part of our Evertis Brazil team will have the opportunity and honor to participate in the tree planting, as well as witness the importance of a sustainable forest regenerative practice, all whilst recognizing the rights of indigenous people and local communities on fighting the current global climate crisis.
We are very thankful to Carl and Isabell Gakran, founders of Instituto Zag, for letting us collaborate with them and for introducing us to their values. They shared the following message with us, which we would like to share with you:
"To live in a more balanced world we have to be aware that every human action in its environment causes a reaction, we have to show respect for what nature gives us by reforesting, living with animals, not throwing garbage.”
April 2023 - Brazil
We believe that collaboration and the sharing of expertise is key to the success of a true circular economy for the PET industry. Our Technical Manager at Evertis Brasil, Felipe Madruga de Oliveira, recently shared his expertise at the Packaging & Sustainability Workshop, organized by Instituto de Embalagem. The event was a huge success and brought together some of the best packaging specialists in the industry to discuss the latest developments and innovations in sustainable packaging.
We shared our insights on various sustainable film solutions, including PET based films with high percentage of RPET content, mono material recyclable barrier solutions and sealing solutions. We also discussed the benefits of thermoforming PET films and why these are the ideal solution for high-quality food packaging trays for a variety of applications, including meat packaging, cheese packaging, pasta packaging, and fish packaging.
Felipe also highlighted the importance of using barrier tray technology to ensure that food stays fresh and protected during distribution and storage. This technology is essential for keeping food safe and reducing food waste, a major global challenge.
Overall, the Packaging & Sustainability Workshop was an excellent opportunity for professionals in the industry to come together, share their knowledge, and work towards creating a more sustainable future for packaging. We are proud to have been a part of this event and look forward to continuing to promote the development of the best packaging solutions for a better world.
April 2023 - Global Initiative
On the annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work Evertis raised awareness about the significance of workplace safety and health. This year's theme, "Act together to build a positive safety and health culture," emphasised the need for collaboration and cooperation among employers, employees, and other stakeholders, to establish a safe and healthy work environment.
Evertis recognises the importance of building a positive safety and health culture and provides training, resources, and equipment to ensure the safety of our workers. Apart from complying with laws, regulations, and industry standards, we implement various measures to enhance workplace safety, such as ergonomics plans or workplace risk assessments, as well as encourage employee participation in safety activities.
OHS good practices are an essential part of Evertis’ regenerative strategy to ensure a safe, healthy, and productive workforce. Our company achieved significant improvements in OHS results in 2022, with a 36% decrease in frequency rate and a 15% decrease in frequency rate, demonstrating a high level of commitment by both our organisation and our employees.
April 2023 - Curitiba, Brazil
Ecobricks is an excellent initiative to promote sustainability and reduce plastic waste. This is why we are proud that our partnership with the Sol Pacífico Foundation is growing. We have followed through on our commitment to scaling-up our projects with them, and Evertis Brasil has recently partnered with CCM Getúlio Vargas School to promote their cause.
Recycling awareness for kids is essential to build a more sustainable future and create a generation of environmentally conscious individuals. By teaching them about recycling, we can empower them to take action and make a positive impact on the environment.
To further engage students, we organized a first round of Ecobricks collection to build two stands for the school’s sports court. Using Ecobricks1 for ecological constructions, not only promotes recycling and the use of waste as a resource, but it also helps reduce the environmental impact of construction and promote sustainable building practices.
With Sol Pacífico Foundation’s support, we taught students how to collect and prepare plastic for recycling, making their own Ecobricks and participating in improving the community’s recycling rate and help the school achieve their goal of becoming an example of a Sustainable institution.
As part of the IMG Group’s social commitment, students and teachers received a food voucher for each Ecobrick, financially supporting low-income families in the CCM Getúlio Vargas School Community and adding an incentive for recycling.
1 An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle densely filled with postconsumer plastic, which transforms into a reusable building block that helps achieve plastic and CO2 sequestration (1kg of ecobricked plastic equals approximately to 3.1kg of CO2).
March 2023 - Monterrey, Mexico
At Evertis we are introducing new ways to connect with nature. Exposure to nature leads to benefits such as improved attention, lower stress, better mood, and upticks in empathy and cooperation. For those with no immediate access to nature, research proves that digital nature can provide a viable and therapeutic alternative.
Virtual reality (VR) is transforming the world and the workplace as we know it, with various ways where it is used in the workplace today: training, recruitment, and collaboration between employees. Studies have shown that VR can be an excellent tool to improve mental health and encourage resilience and result. To reinforce our regenerative culture, increase employee engagement, and inspire out teams, we have opted for this innovative tool that combines education with well-being.
We launched this project at our Monterrey facility, with scenery recorded at two local nature-spots (Matacanes and Cuatro Cienagas). This first VR is focused on bringing a deeper understanding of water and creating awareness of the watershed where the factory is located. This project optimises our relationship with water all over the organisation, whilst enhancing employee wellness by providing them with a relaxing experience in nature. Additionally, it connects our employees to their local ecosystem and identifies locations for them to explore in person.
Our plan is to roll-out this strategy to all our locations by 2025, so that we can continue with our commitment to inspire employees, reinforce our regenerative culture, and increase employee engagement. This initiative is part of our internal adaPETation campaign and also serves to inform that about adaPETation.net
March, 2023 – Global Initiative
Every 8th of March we raise awareness against bias, embrace action for equality and celebrate the achievements of all women around the world. We believe that only by ensuring the rights of women and girls we will get to justice and inclusion, economies will work for all, and we will be able to sustain our shared environment now, and for future generations.
At Evertis we champion the advancement of women all year around as we are committed to forging inclusive work cultures where women's careers thrive and their achievements are celebrated. We achieve this by fostering gender diversity in our STEM talent pool and enhancing gender equity.
We also support organisations that operate locally in the communities where we work and engage with them in the areas of domestic and gender violence, as well as education and women empowerment.
During International Women´s Day celebrations, we took the opportunity to recognise the incredible women of our company, whom many have become leaders and role models within our teams. We celebrated women achievements, we learnt about gender rights and violence, and we created community to embrace together equity.
November 2022 – Portalegre, Portugal
Supporting local causes is truly important to Evertis, it’s linked to both our strategy to be locally attuned, as well as to our value of giving back to our communities. We continually allocate our resources with the goal to develop a sustainability strategy that is as regenerative as possible for everything around us, especially the development of young people.
In that sense, Evertis is sponsoring a young handball team in Portalegre, Portugal. Positive experiences that sports bring, play an important role in a young person’s life. Playing sports is linked to better academic results, as determination and goal-setting skills a sport requires can be transferred to the classroom. Fighting for a common goal with a group of players and coaches teaches you how to build teamwork and effectively communicate to solve problems. This experience is helpful when encountering problems at work or at home. Moreover, sports help develop self-confidence, as well as being a natural way of releasing pressure and letting go of stress, a common problem to the young generation.
In addition to our donation, our Sustainability Manager gave a short lecture to young people about sustainability and introduced them to the concept of regeneration – what it means, why it’s necessary, and how we are adopting it into our way of doing things.
November 2022 – Curitiba, Brazil
Reciclajuda was founded by a young visionary, Matheus Germano, who was seeking to give visibility to recyclable collectors in Curitiba (Brazil), while reducing the dispersion of waste in the city. These recyclable collectors have a name and an identity and each one of them should be praised for the amazing job they do daily, walking hundreds of kilometers each month, whilst helping reduce waste and increase recycling rates.
Reciclajuda is driven by the strong belief that world inequalities can be reduced through actions in small communities, and that it’s possible to transform the life of people in social vulnerability and promote them as agents of society. They believe that recyclable collectors can achieve social inclusion by improving their income, receiving financial education, adding value to their daily labor, and strengthening their community, all whilst tackling the problem of waste.
As part of our Sustainability Strategy, Evertis has partnered with Reciclajuda, and particularly with Claudio, Giselle and Maria Lourdes, in their daily mission of increasing recycling rates and supporting their local community.
November 2022 – Jalisco, Mexico
In 2022 we commenced our environmental education project in local schools in Mexico, focusing especially on teaching the younger generation the importance of recycling and how to do so effectively. Almost one year into the project, we can say that the project has been a success! Not only has it been embraced by the local communities, who value the environmental and social benefits that have come along with our efforts, but the schools have increasingly become interested in partnering with us, as they have seen the positive impact on neighboring schools.
With this action we contribute specifically to target 4.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals of ensuring that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, as well as target 4. A of building and upgrading education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.
This project is led by our local partner Sol Pacífico Foundation, who has done a great job in leading this educational and promising program.
October, 2022 – Global Initiative
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual and global campaign to raise awareness on breast cancer. At Evertis we raise our voices together to help and spread the word about the importance of breast cancer early prevention by collaborating in each of the countries we operate through fundraising activities and awareness conferences.
We were happy to see how our colleagues embraced our Pink October initiatives across the globe:
Portugal: conference by The Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro
Mexico: conference by Cruz Rosa, an association that provides support to women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families
Brazil: conference by Amigas da Mama, founded by women who have experienced breast cancer
Tunisia: conference by Oasis, Association de Lutte Contre le Cancer
Italy: Evertis acquired pink ribbons brooches as a sign of the importance of awareness and early detection from AIRC, a Cancer Research Foundation
Additionally, Evertis bought t-shirts across all our locations in Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, and the USA, from different partners where the contribution will go towards cancer research.
We joined hands, and hearts, to support research, show solidarity with all women who deal with breast cancer. Breast cancer treatment can be highly effective, especially when the disease is identified early.Awareness and research can make the difference.
Together we can make it happen!
October, 2022 – Curitiba, Brazil
At Evertis, we want to be part of the special moments of the Evertis teams’ families. That’s why we organise several events where our employees are invited to bring their family to the workplace, and we can share with them our values through different activities.
This year, we’ve finally gone back to celebrating Children’s Day at Evertis Brazil and organised a day full of some of their favorite entertainment.
Ongoing activity - Global Initiative
Birth rates are declining globally, and the economic consequences are severe. In the 1960s, there were six people of working age for every retired person. Today, the ratio is three-to-one, and by 2035, it will be two-to-one. On the other hand, families are experiencing hard times in the current economic context, with rising schooling and food prices.
In light of this, Evertis stands by the employees who are welcoming new-borns1 into their families by giving a baby check to all employees who are growing their families2.
We hope that this contribution will be of great help to our families. Together we can make it happen!
1 Our policy also applies to adopted children
2 Effective for all babies born as of January 1st 2022. In some of our locations this policy already existed, but the value of the check has increased, following our new natality booster policy.
Ongoing activity - Monterrey, Mexico
Evertis has associated with ALPAZ in the fight again domestic violence, a global problem that has serious health consequences for the victims. It can lead to negative health outcomes and behavioral health concerns, such as depression. Estimates published by WHO indicate that globally about 1 in 3 (30%) of women worldwide have been subjected to some form of violence in their lifetime, and it’s not only a problem that affects women, but also men, children, and the elderly.
Unfortunately, the problem of domestic violence happens in all countries. In Mexico, there were more than 3,400 femicides in 2021. It’s a serious problem that affects thousands of women and their families every year. In January 2022, we started to collaborate with an association in Monterrey, Mexico, known Asociación Alternativas Pacífica (ALPAZ).
ALPAZ is a Mexican association that cares for women and children who have suffered domestic violence and provides a perspective of personal development, in a protected environment that goes beyond typical care frameworks. Their activities contribute to the personal growth of these women, helping them regain autonomy and independence through, for example, self-employment workshops. ALPAZ assumes the legal representation of women to help them take a new, happier, completer and more autonomous path. Additionally, their children also have the chance to attend the shelter school.
So far in 2022, ALPAZ has assisted 15,635 women and 1,469 children. Our Group contributes to this assistance by funding a professional who provides psychological counselling to these people, as well as a legal advisor. We are aware this kind of assistance is enormously important for the empowerment of women who suffer domestic violence. For this reason, we have decided to continue with our contribution beyond 2022 to further increase our regenerative impact.
Ongoing activity – Portalegre, Portugal
Domestic violence is a global problem that has serious health consequences for the victims. It can lead to negative health outcomes and also behavioral health concerns, such as depression.
Estimates published by WHO indicate that globally about 1 in 3 (30%) of women worldwide have been subjected to some form of violence in their lifetime, and it’s not only a problem that affects women, but also men, children, and the elderly.
At Evertis we are aware of the dangers associated to this problem and the importance of solving it. As part of our regenerative strategy, we have partnered with organizations, fighting this issue, in each of the countries where our company has operations.
In Portalegre, Portugal, we partnered with the Núcleo de Atendimento às Vítimas de Violência Doméstica Portalegre (NAVVD), a service of the Portuguese Red Cross of Portalegre, which provides personalised, confidential, and free care to victims of domestic violence, such as legal, psychological, sheltering, and financial.
So far in 2022, this organisation has assisted 58 women, 26 children and 4 men. Evertis contributes to this assistance by funding a professional who provides psychological counselling to these people. We are aware that psychological care is enormously important for the empowerment of people who suffer domestic violence.
For this reason, we have decided to continue with our contribution beyond 2022 and enlarging the scope of our activities with the organization, to further increase our regenerative impact.
September 2022 – Portalegre, Portugal
Evertis recently sponsored an off-road car racing, known as the Baja Portalegre 500, that took place in the local community of our industrial site in Portugal. Portalegre has become Portugal’s national off-road capital, hosting the 35th edition of the race that has unanimously been recognized as one of the best in Europe.
The race is part of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, as well as the FIM Bajas World Cup. It was held in the Automobile, Moto, Quad and SSV categories, and its quality and competitiveness are confirmed by the yearly presence of the most important international riders.
As part of our regenerative strategy, we want to assure that our company is locally attuned to our bioregion and the local ecosystem.
July 2022 – Portalegre, Portugal
We care for the personal and social development of the communities where we operate. To fulfil this commitment, one of the initiatives we are undertaking this year is a collaboration with a school in one of the local communities where we are present, Escola José Régio in Portalegre. Through this partnership we support the school in offering proper educational conditions to all students, and an environment where kids can develop and grow as responsible citizens.
Our collaboration with this school started in 2021 when we sponsored a book filled with a collection of regionalisms from the North Alentejo, “Património Linguístico do Norte Alentejo”, that was created through the teamwork of students and teachers from the José Régio school.
Our goal is to continue encouraging such initiatives by regularly providing this school with means to offer education and to continue with local initiatives that show the cultural heritage of our communities. We have developed a financial collaboration program for 2022 that will be very fruitful for students and their community in general.
Evertis believes in regeneration and development, both educational and cultural. This is the best way to support Sustainable Development Goal #4, helping boys and girls to complete quality primary and secondary education, as well as promoting the appreciation of cultural heritage and its contribution to sustainable development.
July 2022 – Portalegre, Portugal
Evertis sponsors second edition of “Património Linguístico”, a book filled with a collection of regionalisms from the North Alentejo, a geographical area of Portugal where our biggest plant is located. As part of our regenerative strategy, we want to ensure that our whole team understands and feels the connection between our activities, their work and the interaction between their bioregion and the local ecosystem.
The book “Património Linguístico do Norte Alentejo” was created through the collaboration of students and teachers from the José Régio- Portalegre Basic School. With this initiative, the school intended not only to present the registered vocabulary to students, their families, and teachers, but also to spread, both in the educational community and in society in general, a sense of appreciation in our regional speeches.
June, 2022 – Jalisco, Mexico
In celebration of World Oceans Day, Evertis partnered with the Sol Pacífico Foundation and organized a beach clean-up with students from the Arroyo Seco School (Jalisco, Mexico). It was the perfect opportunity to encourage stewardship and volunteerism along our coastlines, and get the younger generation involved in cleaning-up marine debris.
The children picked up the garbage, then separated it into 5 corresponding containers: plastic, glass, cardboard, aluminum, and non-recyclable inorganic waste. Afterwards, they enjoyed sponsored surf lessons as part of the experience, making this occasion a positive and memorable community event.
This was an opportunity for the students to not only learn about the importance of recycling and how to do so properly, but also have fun while valuing the importance of taking care of our mother earth.
March, 2022 – Monterrey, Mexico
In 2021, Evertis México started a personal and professional development program, known as Trascendiendo. The aim of this program is to provide factory employees with tools to develop their skills and competencies, as well as strengthen their collaboration and connection with Evertis values. In 2022, the same 78 people that started the project last year, attended the second session that took place in March. These people worked in different groups to discuss, share, and learn about different topics, such as:
- Personal features: Self-awareness, personal development, and company values;
- Interpersonal relationships: Communication, trust, and conflict management;
- Collaboration: Responsibility, commitment, and cooperation;
Resulting from this session:
- From themselves, 51% learnt that they need to be good, flexible, and tolerant co-workers. Other personal learning was the need to communicate better and to reach agreements.
- From the group, 60% learnt that being collaborative, teamwork-oriented and open to other people’s opinion are key to a good group performance. 19% learnt that they need to communicate better.
- 73% of the participants think that, after the training, they will improve collaboration, trust, communication, teamwork, and respect. All of them are regenerative traits. The rest placed special value in building win-win relationships.
Trascendiendo is linked to our regenerative approach of helping our people thrive and flourish, both personal and professionally. This program is especially valuable for both individuals and our group in a context where personal development and a good teamwork spirit are more important than ever. In addition, it is directly related to the Sustainable Development Goal 8 of decent work.
March 2022 – Global Initiative
Every March 8th Evertis celebrates the International Women’s Day. This year we organised a lunch event for our female co-workers across all Evertis production and business sites, joining our teams in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and the United States in a festive moment.
To Evertis, ensuring gender equality and the empowerment of women across the world, regardless of their personal circumstances, is a priority we take seriously.
The role of our company as a transformative agent in reducing inequalities is essential to achieve the targets of SDG 5- Gender Equality. And, even if we strive for gender equality in our group, we must fight the gender bias that keeps women from being present in all the aspects of life. Biases go from a typically industrial male dominated sector such as ours, to social prejudices that sideline women and girls in certain tasks and jobs. The bias is even bigger if we consider other diversity factors, such as ethnic or cultural background.
At Evertis, we contribute to fighting prejudices and get rid of stereotypes and discrimination. We work for a world where girls and women can play the role they deserve in all aspects of life and work, including fields such as science, technology and engineering.
This is a toast to women and girls, for peace and equality and against the gender bias!
March 2022 - Brazil
We delivered a symbolic souvenir to all mothers who work at Evertis Brazil as a gesture of admiration for the strong working mothers who balance work responsibilities with their families’ needs.
February 2022 – Portugal
At Evertis we believe in nature-based solutions to solve climate change. In a win-win initiative, we planted 4,000 trees in Portugal, bringing benefits to farmers and the local community. Farms become more efficient, more climate friendly, as trees absorb CO2, release oxygen and return carbon to the soil, as well as store water.
January, 2022 – Jalisco, Mexico
Environmental education of our youth is the cornerstone for a balanced future where people and planet can flourish together. At Evertis we support the communities of the countries where we operate by acting on those who are the future: children and youth. That’s why we have decided to support 6 primary schools in the State of Jalisco, Mexico, in three main areas:
- Environmental education to raise awareness among kids and their families about the importance of waste collection and recycling
- Workshops in collaboration with the community in topics such as permaculture, bio-construction or waste pick-up at beaches
- Reconstruction of schools, and improvement of their infrastructure, as well as computer equipment
These schools will be financially supported in 2022 and monitored by our sister Foundation, the Sol Pacífico Foundation. We hope for the scalability of the project, so that more communities can be positively affected in the future.
It's through collaboration with people, schools and communities that we can make things happen!
January 2022 – Jalisco, Mexico
Evertis started 2022 with the renewal of our commitment to the Careyes Foundation's Vocational Training Center (VTC) – a place dedicated to the professional training and the improvement of people’s skills in different areas, as well as promoting their employability. The goal of the VTC, is to expand professional opportunities for adolescents and adults who face barriers to continue formal education. By offering an accessible means to study a technical career and prepare for working life, with individualised support along the way, it also introduces a path for economic advancement that is entirely new to the local communities.
The programme is led by the Careyes Foundation, and operates from a classroom in the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) in the village of Emiliano Zapata, La Huerta, Jalisco. The classroom is equipped with computers, high-speed internet, and a covid-safe space for collaborative work.
Through our partnership with the Sol Pacífico Foundation, in 2019 Evertis made an initial donation of 10,000 USD for the start-up of the center, which due to the Covid Pandemic, only started activities in 2021. Through a second donation of 10,000 USD, we hope to increase the social value generated, which in 2021 reached 85 attendees in different courses:
- Training for people’s employability
In 2022 new courses are planned, such as carpentry and entrepreneurship, as well as continuing and deepening with existing training programmes. There are also plans to create a job bank to help channel the employment needs of companies in the area.
In the medium and long term, there are plans to teach robotics, as well as hospitality courses, which will result in great benefits for the community.
With our continued commitment to this project of the Careyes Foundation, we support the development of the young adults of the community, both from a personal and professional point of view, whilst we apply our value of regeneration, which implies the growth of the communities in which we operate.
November, 2021 – Brazil
In partnership with Instituto Trancoso Evertis has committed to the Vida + Program, awarding children that come from a low-income family with scholarships that will widen their future opportunities.
Partner schools, grantees' families, and the Trancoso community are part of the Activating Community that is building a sustainable future for Trancoso. So far, more than 260 children and teenagers have received grants through the Vida+ program, having been given the opportunity to enjoy access to quality education and a better future.
Through academic reports, Evertis follows the students' progress closely, making sure they are committed to their studies - scholarship holder's performance is crucial for maintaining the grant.
October, 2021 – Global Initiative
October is the month when Evertis wears pink, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Together, we’re raising awareness and showing our support to everyone that has been touched by this disease.
Evertis contributed to this movement by purchasing t-shirts, for all the women in the group, through organizations related either to Breast Cancer Research, or to help women in difficult conditions get through these tough times, with shelter, food, psychological support, lymphedema therapies, and others.
We would like to thank everyone that helped getting us closer to the cure!
September, 2021 – Likoni, Kenya
Access to education is something that all children should have the opportunity to have, no matter their circumstances. Evertis has committed to improving the lives of the children in an orphanage in Likoni, Kenya, through the donation of a tuk tuk that takes them to school and also serves as a channel for monthly income.
Apart from assuring an easy and safe means of transportation, the tuk tuk was donated to the orphanage also as a way to create a steady income to pay for their monthly costs. The orphanage reached an agreement with an experienced driver, whereby they take the children to and from school, and in between, the vehicle is rented to them for their business of tuk tuk taxi services.
The orphanage was having a difficult time making ends meet and this has been part of the solution to auto-finance their costs, and most importantly, the children have secured transportation to school.
Evertis came across this particular case through a personal connection to the management of the orphanage, but to our Group, this donation is part of a bigger mission. The value of “Goodness – Do right by people and society”, is at the heart of our organisation.
August, 2021 – Portalegre, Portugal
As part of our regenerative strategy to be locally attuned, Evertis Ibérica sponsored the AE Best Summer Camp project in Portalegre.
The camp provided the children from the Bonfim Schools Group the chance to develop socio-emotional skills associated with knowledge in various areas, such as Arts, Nature, Sports and Entrepreneurship. Thus, enabling these students to have access to more formative, enriching and diversified experiences, which we trust contributed to increasing their self-esteem and school progression.
The AE Best Summer Camp is a great way to entertain children during the Summer, whilst they were off school, and allowed them to interact with children outside their school life, developing their social skills.
August, 2021 – Jalisco, Mexico
The IMG Group is proud to announce the construction of a new Eco-Brick bus stop, built in the community of Arroyo Seco, in the municipality of La Huerta, Jalisco. The collaboration of the residents was an essential part of the initiative, as it is based on the collection of PET bottles filed with plastic waste, by the community members.
The accomplishment of this project is very relevant to the everyday life of the local community, considering that previously there was no structure where they could wait comfortably for public transport, sheltered from the sun or rain.
- 327 habitants benefited with supermarket vouchers in exchange for Eco-Bricks;
- Built with 309 Eco Bricks and 4 sheets of tetra pack;
- Approx. 927 bags jumbo of reused garbage;
- 3 people hired for the week of the construction.
June, 2021 – Brazil
Evertis Brazil employees had an amazing initiative with the purpose of helping families that became unemployed because of the COVID 19 pandemic. As we all know, Brazil was hit especially hard with the virus and its consequences, so together with our board and our employees, Evertis decided to organize a campaign for those in need; where basic goods such as food, warm-ups, geriatric and child diapers, were collected and distributed. The campaign was a success and baskets were delivered to a considerable amount of local families.
The donations were delivered at the Frei Miguel Charity Association in Campina Grande do Sul and were distributed to the families in need. Before the pandemic around 50 families were supported by the association, however given the consequences of the pandemic the numbers have risen to more than 100 families, with various basic needs that weren’t being covered, especially food.
June 2021 – Mexico
Evertis planted 1,000 trees in Costa Alegre, an area highly affected by hurricanes, having suffered 3 in the last 10 years. This initiative is in place in an effort to replace trees downed by the hurricanes, one of them being the strongest storm ever recorded, reaching a wind speed of 345 km/h.
June, 2021 – Portalegre, Portugal
Evertis Ibérica invited all our employee’s children, between the ages of 3 and 6, to celebrate the Children’s Day in Portugal surrounded by Nature.
We’ve partnered with the Pedagogic Project Bosque Escola Avelãs to organize several outdoor activities centered around the childrens’ interaction with the environment.
The event took place at a beautiful local farm known as Quinta das Avelãs, in Portagem, Marvão.
May, 2021 – Global Initiative
Evertis is proud to announce the launch of the IMG FOR ALL program. An Employee Assistance Program designed by our mother company, IMG Group, that supports our employees not only during these challenging pandemic times, but also after the health crisis is over, in coping with personal and professional difficulties that may adversely affect their health and well-being.
This program provides our people with a set of services designed to help in day-to-day issues related to personal and family matters, through counselling by phone, online, or in person, available 365 days a year 24/7. Every employee has access to professionals specialized in legal, psychological, and financial advisory services to themselves and their direct household members. All services are free of charge for our employees and are completely confidential.
With this program we want to contribute directly to target 8.8 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which is to promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, as well as to ensure that essential health, social protection and basic services are available for our employees.
April 2021 - Curitiba, Brasil
Evertis is proud to announce that we have partnered with “Instituto de Embalagem” (a Packaging Institute in Brazil) to deliver a beautiful project that introduces children to the universe of packaging and its relationship with nature. Part of our mission is to deliver a better future for future generations by helping the youngest learn quality information at the greatest rate possible.
Last year, Evertis sponsored the production of a book that focuses on the education of the environmental advantages of recycling. Unfortunately Covid-19 appeared, and it’s only now, with the gradual reopening of schools in Brazil, that we have the opportunity to work directly with the children. Our goal is to explain the importance of packaging and the proper destination after its use so as to reduce waste and create a circular economy.
Evertis is happy to have associated with several schools, namely, Escola Superativa, through whom we’ve had amazing results, as seen is these pictures.
At Evertis, we invest in educational tools that effectively contribute to the health of the world and the people.
Better packaging means a better world.
January 2021 - Jalisco, Mexico
As part of our project with our partner, Sol Pacífico Foundation, 900 eco-bricks have been used to build two bus stops in the villages of San Mateo and Emiliano, and another two will be built in the coming weeks, using an additional 600 eco-bricks.
Through this initiative we sensitize communities on the importance of recycling. We also help families economically with the incentive of our voucher scheme where each “eco-brick” delivered to the foundation can be cashed as vouchers to be used in local supermarkets. More than 128 families participated in the last collection.
This project also has other environmental benefits – for the construction of these four bus stops in particular, 9000 m2 of waste was reused instead of going to landfills.
Despite the fact that there is still some way to go, our ultimate goal is to improve the health and well-being of every community we touch.
Ongoing activity - Jalisco, Mexico
Our parent company, IMG Group, partnered with the Sol Pacífico Foundation to collaborate in several initiatives linked to education, as well as plastic recycling and upcycling. As part of our project with the Foundation, we launched the Eco-Brick project. Eco-bricks are made using PET bottles filled with non-recyclable materials. These then become the building blocks of an ecological building structure with the following benefits:
Reduction in environmental pollution and emissions as waste is reused
Material for insulation purposes
Easy to store and transport
Simple and low-cost technique
We embarked on this project with local schools as we believe that the younger generations are the future for a greener planet. Through class-room presentations, we highlighted the positive impact that this ecological construction delivers and taught the students how to make their own eco-bricks. With this knowledge, a fun and educational activity was created whereby students participated in the construction of benches and other elements for the improvement of their school facilities.
As an additional incentive eco-bricks can be cashed as vouchers to be used in local supermarkets (5 eco bricks = 20 USD)
IMG president at the launch of the eco-brick for supermarket vouchers initiative
March & April 2020 - Global Initiative
The world has never faced a crisis like this one before, as the pandemic impacts communities globally, at the IMG Group, our parent company, strives to do its part in supporting everyone’s efforts to prevent, detect and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The IMG Group has helped fight the pandemic through the following donations distributed to the local communities where our industrial sites are located, namely in Portugal, Brazil, Italy and Mexico:
Protective Gear and Medical Equipment
7000 masks and 1750 face shields for local schools, city councils, police and nursing homes
160m of material to produce surgical gowns donated to Portalegre Health Center in partnership with local seamstresses
More than 200 liters of disinfection and cleaning products supplied to local authorities
Hand sanitizers supplied to local authorities
More than 600 pairs of gloves for local authorities
Contributions of Funds for Medical Equipment
2000€ towards the purchase of medical equipment – Alentejo Hospitals, Portugal
400 € for the purchase of surgical gowns -Portalegre Hospital, Portugal
500€ for the purchase of face shields – Police Offices of Lombardy, Italy
500€ donation to the Red Cross for the purchase of face shields - Lombardy, Italy
Given that the IMG Group’s portfolio includes products that serve the market for protective goods, we have contributed to the health and safety of our local communities through the following product donations to produce face shields:
800 kgs of Evertis PET film
20 kgs of Selenis PETG filaments for 3D printing
Contributions to Foundations and Found Raisers
1000 $ donation towards the CDC Foundation for the funding of medical support, increasing lab capacity, deploying emergency staffing to U.S public health agencies, providing support to vulnerable communities, addressing health communication and boosting clinical research to improve health outcomes.
1000 $ donation towards the No Kid Hungry organization. Many children rely on school meals. With school closures, those meals are no longer guaranteed. This initiative sends emergency grants to food banks and helps communicate with families to make sure they can find a hot meal until schools open again.
5500 € donation towards the Careyes Foundation to support over 4,000 people across six villages, on the coast of Jalisco, Mexico. This contribution will fund at least two rounds of grocery deliveries (around $15 each) to these families who are most in need, providing with food and other basic necessities to last them for one month.
500€ contribution to the “Soma de Todas as Partes” project in Portugal, an organization that provides food for isolated people and all those referred by institutions that at the moment are unable to guarantee all the necessary support.
More than 1000 kgs of meals and other essential goods donated to shelters and nursing homes in Curitiba, Brazil.
March & April 2020 – Portalegre, Portugal
Due to the unprecedent sanitary crisis caused by the Covid-19 virus, the IMG Group has donated 575 meals so far to all truck drivers who transport products from Evertis and Selenis industrial sites in Portugal.This initiative was born after hearing from truck drivers about the difficulties they were facing in buying food at petrol stations due to long lines now that all dine-in restaurants have been closed. Thus, the Group decided to provide a complete and healthy take-away meal to make their trips a little easier amidst the current crisis. Truck drivers are risking their own health and are working non-stop to keep supplying the essential businesses in the medical & healthcare, cleaning products, and food industries. Out of respect for their crucial role at this and at all times, for helping to keep these and other companies up and running and also through the strong sense of solidarity of the IMG Group, we will continue to provide these meals as long as this is necessary.
March & April 2020 - Global Initiative
At the IMG Group we reinforce the important role that good occupational safety and health good practices play, as seen during the current sanitary crisis caused by the Covid-19 virus.We strive to support all efforts made to prevent, detect and react in a timely way. Contingency plans are implemented with the safety and health of our employees prioritized. Operational continuity plans are also in place to ensure the safety and stability of our activity, since Evertis products are considered essential goods.
At the IMG Group we have implemented the following measures:
Employees who perform work that is compatible with teleworking are working from home to cut risk of contracting virus
Employees whose responsibilities require them to be on site were provided protective gear, such as face shields and hand sanitizers
Screening point at the entrance of our industrial sites to measure body temperature of anyone entering premises
Training on current strict protocols, including measures related to social distancing and correct hand hygiene
Disinfection of our industrial sites according to sanitation measures provided by authorities
Set up of an isolation room and concrete procedures were defined to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus
Due to our rapid response and adherence to rigorous protocols, the IMG Group proudly reports on the effectiveness of ours measures and the commitment and responsibility of everyone involved within our activity as we have zero positives test results of covid-19 within all locations.
March 2020 - Mexico
At Evertis Mexico we reject any kind of manifestation of violence. That is why we joined #ADayWithoutWomen movement that was called for on March 9th, 2020. We appreciate how important women are in our day to day lives and consider them essential members of our organization. Evertis reassured female employees that they mattered and, with the support of Evertis management, wouldn’t have their time off or remuneration negatively impacted. We also suggested employees who come to work that day, wore a purple garment as a symbol of support for this cause.
December 2019 – Monterrey, Mexico
Evertis believes in the importance of teamwork and the creation of a unified group. An annual barbecue is held to promote a friendly work environment and motivate employees to appreciate one another and develop communication between them, as well as reinforcing the value of enjoying time at the workplace.
October 2019 - Lisbon, Portugal
Our parent company, IMG Group, participated with a stand at the Raw Materials University Day, hosted by the Material Science Department at FCT NOVA, (Faculty of Sciences and Technology of New University of Lisbon), Portugal, with the objective of providing insight on our raw materials and their connection to a circular economy. Raw Materials University Days are organised annually in Europe to educate high school and university students about opportunities in raw materials for modern life and the green energy transition.
August 2019 - Jalisco, Mexico
Through our partnership with the Sol Pacífico Foundation we donated funds supporting a program focused on vocational training. The purpose of this program is to expand opportunities for adolescents and adults who were unable to complete their studies by offering them an accessible digital tool to study a technical career with individualized support in preparation for working life.
September 2019 - Portalegre, Portugal
The IMG Group donated funds to replace the extension ladder of the Portalegre’s fire truck used when fires breakout in multistory buildings. The extension ladder of the Portalegre Firefighters had been inoperative for many months after being damaged in a fire intervention and, due to the lack of funds, this vital equipment couldn’t be repaired. The IMG Group became aware of the situation and took on the cost of a new replacement, making the fire truck fully functional and ready for service to the community.
December 2018 - Portalegre, Portugal
Team Building divided in two sessions, one just for Leaders and a second one for
Leaders + Teams:
LEADERS: focused on an activity that showed the need to exercise leadership effectively, maximizing resources and relationships, highlighting the role of Attitude and Choices.
LEADERS & TEAMS: Activities that worked on concepts associated with cooperation, teamwork, time management, conflict resolution, communication, team management, flexibility, coordination, continuous improvement, and the importance of planning and observation.
Annual Event, Brazil
Internal Week for the Prevention of accidents at work, held once a year, with daily lectures. 7 hours / year.
- Oral health - Dental Uni
- Prophylaxis (Oral hygiene) - Dental Uni
- Workplace stretching - Local Academy
- First Aid - Vital Force
- Safety at Work – Team Leader
- Odontomovel (SIPAT)