ISS foundation 'Una Sonrisa Más' creates thousands of jobs
Since its establishment in 2007, the Spanish ISS foundation ‘Una Sonrisa Más’ (One More Smile) has helped create thousands of jobs in developing countries.
The ISS foundation ‘Una Sonrisa Más’ (One More Smile) was founded in April 2007. Since then, it has helped create 1,200 direct and more than 25,000 indirect jobs and eleven microenterprises in five different countries. Today, the foundation conducts charitable projects in Ecuador, Peru, Burkina Faso, Morocco and the Dominican Republic.
Within the next five years, ‘Una Sonrisa Más’ plans to double the number of jobs created and extend the aid to other developing countries.
Ramon Folch, Director of CSR at ISS Spain and the foundation commented:
– To meet our goal this year we will promote an awareness campaign among employees in order to increase the membership of the foundation.
The foundation’s projects are financed by donations made by the 30,000 ISS employees in ISS Spain – the employees voluntarily donate the cents from their rounded off salaries. Today, up to 2,150 volunteers collaborate actively with the foundation. In addition, more than 150 employees ('promoters of smiles') are responsible for advertising the work of ‘Una Sonrisa Más’ in ISS Spain.Awards for Excellence
‘Una Sonrisa Más’ organises the 2012 Excellence Awards. The objective of this initiative is to help employees pay their children’s or grandchildren’s University rates.
ISS Spain will provide 13 scholarships (10 to family members of operational staff and 3 for administrative staff) valued at 1,500 Euros, as well as 3 months trainee practice at the nearest ISS office.
To qualify for grants, employees must be contributors to the ‘Una Sonrisa Más’ foundation and beneficiaries must pass the 2012 pre-university test.