March 2022 – Global Initiative
Every March 8th Selenis celebrates the International Women’s Day. This year we organised a lunch event for our female co-workers across all Selenis production and business sites, joining our teams in Portugal, Spain and Italy in a festive moment.
To Selenis, 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 Selenis, 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!
February 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.
Selenis 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.
January 2022 – Jalisco, Mexico
Environmental education of our youth is the cornerstone for a balanced future where people and planet can flourish together. At Selenis 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.
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.
It's through collaboration with people, schools and communities that we can make things happen!
January 2022 – Jalisco, Mexico
Selenis 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 Selenis 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 – Portugal
At Selenis 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.
October 2021 – Portalegre, Portugal
Selenis 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.
October 2021 - Global Initiative
October is the month when Selenis 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.
Selenis 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. Selenis 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.
Selenis 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, Selenis Portugal 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.
July, 2021 – Portalegre, Portugal
Selenis has recently sponsored 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.
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 – Mexico
Selenis 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
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.
April, 2021 – Curitiba, Brasil
Selenis 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, Selenis 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.
Selenis is happy to have associated with several schools, namely, Escola Superativa, through whom we’ve had amazing results, as seen is these pictures.
At Selenis, 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.
April 2020 - 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
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 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.
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.