What has been the impact of your solution to date?
So far, the community has been launched only in Spain where we have around 1000 employees. It is the first step before a global launch.
The first result of its launch is an innovative initiative responding to both the social and environmental criteria of our CSR strategy: Reducing, Reusing and Recycling our waste with the help of 3 recruited employees with Down syndrome.
These persons will come every day in our office, collecting all the papers to recreate notepad for the employees, recycling waste, and controlling the overconsumption of energy (air-conditioning and light) in the offices. This process will reduce and recycle our annual 25,000kg of waste in Spain, 127,000kg globally.
In addition, they will collect goods to donate to local NGOs for people in need: clothes, toys, medicine drugs, hygiene products, food, etc.
What is your projected impact over the next 1 to 3 years?
The community plans to initiate new local projects every 3 months at the beginning by identified leaders. In the first year, we will have 4 projects initiated in 30 countries, in total 120 projects will be growing. These projects include green initiative to improve the offices’ impact, human resources actions to improve our employees’ wellbeing and development, social projects to improve our local communities, such as fighting hunger, poverty, human rights, and supporting social entrepreneurship, women recognition, education…
In 3 years, we’ll count 120x3= 360 local projects, more the international ones and initiatives started by rising leaders. We expect a total of 500 projects around the Word by the end of 2015.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
For now, two obstacles have occurred: the group’s lack of budget (due to the crisis) and people too busy to participate (due to the crisis…)
I consider it as a good exercise to even more innovate. The ideas resulting from the collaboration process must be “low-costs” which make the employees work their creativity and problem-solving skills. It will definitely be useful for their own development.
The low participation level is an issue we have been thinking for long. That is why we developed a “gaming” dimension to our community. All users participating will win medals with different values depending on their commitment. It brings recognition to the collaborative process.