The Bazan Group, one of the leading public companies in Israel, places great importance on fostering community involvement. Its investments and activities to create community involvement are implemented every year in accordance with the policy approved by the Community Involvement Committee of Bazan’s board of directors. The Group invests hundreds of thousands of shekels in community involvement. These investments are intended for a number of institutions and are made in order to realize various worthy goals such as:
Activities on behalf of the IDF and security organizations
Fostering a solid, constant policy of community involvement is an inseparable part of the Bazan Group’s multi-year strategy. The Group believes that strengthening community involvement links and projects is an important value which makes a significant contribution to the Group’s strength. The Bazan Group contributes both human and financial resources to the community. All this is done to promote community empowerment, with a specific emphasis on the Group’s regional activities (in Haifa and the Bay area).
As part of its community involvement policy, the Bazan Group has for many years partnered with its employee volunteer organizations and associations. Some examples are ILAN (Israeli Association for Children with Disabilities), Chesed from Zion (food parcels for the needy), Etgarim (the disabled), Leket Israel (food bank). In order to monitor implementation of its social investment policy the Group carries out regular quantitative testing of targets and indices using its internal systems. It encourages its employees to volunteer for various community organizations, it provides financial assistance and creates links with potential volunteer bodies. It earmarks resources for volunteering programs and publicizes its volunteer policy among its employees (including guidelines as well as volunteering at the expense of work hours).
Principal community projects
Adoption of Holocaust survivors
Approximately 200,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel. The Bazan Group, aiming to increase community involvement, has not forgotten them. One of the Company's prominent projects is the adoption of Holocaust survivors and in this the Group works together with Leket Israel (the largest food bank in Israel). The Group’s employees distribute food parcels to survivors who live in the Haifa area and the Haifa Bay area. Once a month, they take parcels to homes of survivors and spend time having frank and emotional discussions with them. They dedicate their best efforts and personal time to bring smiles to the survivors’ faces and assist them to the best of their ability. Approximately 70 Group employees take part in this activity every year. In addition, some employees engage in specific projects to renovate the apartments of lonely survivors.
Adopt a soldier
As part of its activities for “Adopt a Soldier”, the Bazan Group adopts the Israeli navy training base in the Haifa area. Among other things, employees distribute food parcels and gifts to lone soldiers serving at the base.
Activities in the field of education
The Bazan Group regards its involvement in the community as a real opportunity to provide support for educational topics which are important to the Israeli economy. This perception has led it to become active in a number of fascinating and challenging projects:
• Password for every student – The Password for Every Student venture is an important educational project – the only one of its kind – which was launched in Yerucham in 2006 and is now in use throughout Israel (approximately 40 councils and towns, 80,000 users and 200 schools). The venture was set up by the Israel Corporation with the assistance of the Bazan Group and other entities. Its goal is to computerize the educational systems in outlying regions and promote computer culture in institutions of learning.
• Encouraging students studying in vocational schools – the Bazan Group is supporting vocational education in Israel and assisting students and teachers with the resources at their disposal. As part of its activities in this field, the Group works with networks such as Amal, Tzur Yam, Atid, Shoham and others.
• Support for informal education – employees of the Bazan Group volunteer in a wide range of informal education institutions in Haifa and surrounding areas (such as clubs and community centers).
• Donations of computers and equipment to schools – the Group assists schools and educational institutions by donating computers and schoolbags to Year 1 students. Employees take the donations to their destinations.
Activities on behalf of the disabled
The Bazan Group places great importance on providing assistance to the disabled, in particular on assisting children with special needs. This has led the Group and its employees to establish regular communication with the team at Miriam House, which was named after the founder of Ilan Haifa, the late Miriam Levenstein. Miriam House is a rehabilitation, cultural and occupational day center for the disabled aged between 18 and 55 and those suffering from nerve and muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, rare syndromes, multiple sclerosis and more. Employees volunteer at Miriam House and assist the professional staff in matters such as gardening, workshops, packing items made. The children of Bazan employees also volunteer at Miriam House during the summer holidays (as part of the Employ Workers’ Children project. In addition to the activities with Ilan and Miriam House, the Company makes donations to other institutions assisting the disabled. For example, donations to the Mishol School in Kfar Hasidim and participation in the “Challenges” run of the Challenges association (which helps disabled people integrate into society through sport and challenging activities in nature).
Activities on Good Deeds Day
Every year, on Good Deeds Day, the Bazan Group takes part in a broad range of activities on behalf of the community. Among others, employees volunteer to pack food parcels for the needy for the holidays, they perform gardening work in various institutions, renovate homes of the elderly in the Haifa region, take part in a range of activities in schools, and more.