July, 2021 – Portugal
Worldwide, 1 in 3 women will experience some form of domestic abuse. Selenis wants to be part of the solution. In one of the first projects launched in this line of action, Selenis Portugal is honoured to announce a new partnership with 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. The association is present in the Potuguese regions of Portalegre, Elvas, Monforte, Campo Maior, Castelo de Vide, Marvão and Arronches.
NAVVD performs legal, psychological, and financial assistance for people suffering domestic violence, who are mostly women, although they also assist children, teenagers and men, who are often not as spoken about. Similarly, the association helps to redirect victims to sheltering homes where they can start a new life far away from their abusers. In the last year, they assisted in 72 projects, of which 64 were women.Additionally, the association develops awareness campaigns at schools and civic centres, to educate people about violence, more specifically domestic violence and violence in relationships, among other crucial topics. Also, they are currently working on a new project to fully support the children who suffer from domestic violence.
June, 2021 – Portalegre, Portugal
Selenis Portugal 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 children’s’ interaction with the environment.
The event took place at a beautiful local farm known as Quinta das Avelãs, in Portagem, Marvão.
April, 2021 – Global Initiative
Selenis 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 counseling 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.
At Selenis, we are committed to the well-being of our talented and dedicated team! We want to give back to those who give us the most.
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.
April 2020 - Jalisco, Mexico
Our parent company, IMG Group, has a partnership with the Sol Pacífico Foundation, with whom we have partnered in several initiatives linked to education. In this case in particular, we foster eco-brick construction as a sustainable 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.
June 2020 – Mexico
Selenis planted close to 300 trees in Costa Alegre, an area highly affected by hurricanes, having suffered 3 in the last 10 years. This initiativeis 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.
March 2020 – Portugal
In a win-win initiative, we planted 50 trees on farmland 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.
March 2020 - Mexico
The IMG Group rejects any kind of manifestation of violence. That is why our sister-company Evertis 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. At the IMG Group we reassured female employees that they mattered and with the support of our management, they wouldn’t have their time off or remuneration negatively impacted. We also suggested employees who came to work that day, wore a purple garment as a symbol of support for this cause.
December 2019 – Portalegre, Portugal
Selenis believes in the importance of teamwork and the creation of a unified group. An annual barbecue before Christmas is held to promote a friendly work environment and motivate employees and develop communication between them. It takes place on two consecutive days so that allshifts can join at least during one meal.
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 organized annually in Europe to educate high school and university students about opportunities in raw materials for modern life and the green energy transition.
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.
August 2019 - Costa 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.
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.
In order to help our employees develop and foster their productivity and balance their wellness, at our industrial site in Portugal we have a physical therapy center with licensed therapists that provide services paid by our company as an extra benefit for our team.