Good local community relations are necessary for our business success.
Besides, the local communities are our hosts, they provide us with our working environment, workforce and licenses to run our operations. In return Jotun gives employment, pays tax and contributes to the overall development of the community. Mutual understanding and respect are key words.
At Jotun, there are many examples of commitment to the local communities, in addition to being a responsible citizen in the area we operate.
Puppies for peace
Jotun is sponsering the training of a second mine detection dog, ‘Jotun’, a young Belgian Shepherd Malinois
In 2015 Jotun “hired” the first puppy and gave him the name “Jotun”. Once he was fully trained, “Jotun” and his handler started working with mine cleaning in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The second dog, also called "Jotun", is now fully educated and he is be able to detect hidden landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERWs) in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Jotun and his handler will join 80 other NPA dogs in Cambodia, where an estimated three to five million mines and explosive remnants of war lie hidden under the soil.
Dogs are the single most effective means to detect hidden mines or unexploded ordinance.
Every year, thousands of people are killed or maimed by landmines and explosive remnants of war An NPA-trained mine detection dog can clear up to 800 square meters of land in a single day No dogs trained by the NPA have ever been killed or injured by mines or ERWs in the line of duty Jotun the dog is a welcome addition to the penguin family. One of Jotun’s core values is Care, and we are proud to support the work of the Norwegian People’s Aid. NPA is a global organisation, but their impact is very local.
Follow the Jotun dogs' development here
Jotun and Society
Achieving business success relies on our ability to develop good community relations. That is why we invest our time, expertise and resources to build an environment where both our company and the local society benefit.
Contributing to a better world
Jotun works with several humanitarian organisations in various countries. In 2013, we presented Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) with a significant donation which is used to fund two separate projects: mine demolition in Cambodia and educating people about human rights in Myanmar.
Penguins, paint and smiles!
After achieving good results in 2017, Jotun Algeria celebrated by donating paint to a local charity which provides support to children with special needs.
The classrooms were in need of a fresh coat of paint, so Jotun Algeria offered to donate about 90 18-litre drums of interior paint.
Representatives from Jotun visited the school to meet with the kids. In addition to paint, Jotun brought penguin toys for the kids.
There is not a lot of government support for children with special needs here in Algeria, so charities like this are very important.
Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. Oxfam trailwalker is Australia's original 100 km team endurance event which was launched in Australia in 1999. The challenge is to tackle 100 km of Australian bush within 48 hours as a team of 4, and to make a difference by raising money to help overcome poverty and injustice around the world. Since 1999, the event has grown each year, with events now run in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. With the support of more than 2,500 volunteers and 6,000 support crew members, the event last year raised AUD$6.6 million!
Jotun Australia is proud to support Bill Sherwood (far left on the picture), a fellow Australian Penguin Retiree who is participating in the Brisbane event which will take place on 20 - 22 June in the D'Aguilar National Park. Over the next few weeks, Bill and his team will be conditioning themselves for the tough challenge ahead of them.
We wish Bill and his team good luck with their ongoing training preparation and we are confident they will do well at the trailwalker challenge!
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
Jotun Australia hosted a fundraising morning tea on 22 May 2014 as part of the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea campaign to help the Cancer Council continue its vital work in cancer research, prevention and support services. Cancer Council is the largest independent funder of cancer research in Australia, granting more than $54 million to cancer research in 2013.
The event was a great opportunity for employees to get together and raise money for a great cause. Thanks to the generosity of employees, the event was very successful, and a total of $290 was raised to support the Cancer council.
Let the children play!
2019 – Like many countries in the Middle East, Bahrain has a young population which doesn’t always have access to high quality education, job training or adequate sports facilities. This leads to a lot of bored kids who spend too much time on social media and not enough time getting exercise. To provide youth with more opportunities to stay active, local community leaders reached out for help to upgrade a park in Abu Al Aysh, a district in Sitra.
Making a splash
According to Marketing Executive Kalpesh Dave, Jotun was happy to help. “Rather than just give paint, we helped to organise an event to draw attention to the project,” he says. “Everyone was invited to pick up a brush or roller for ‘Painting Day’ including Jotun personnel, commu- nity leaders, local politicians and the kids who use the park the most.”
Dave adds that phase one of the park upgrade is underway and Jotun continues to meet with community leaders to plan for other improvements.
As an act of responsibility towards the society they live in, Jotun Bahrain shared the happiness of Eid by participating in an initiative called “Smile walkathon" organized by the Future Society for Youth in support of children suffering from cancer.
This initiative showcases real life demonstration of our value of CARE as all employees and some of their families in Jotun Bahrain voluntarily participated in this initiative by taking of time during their Eid holidays to spread joy and to raise funds to support the young cancer patients and their families.
It is reported that the literacy rate is more than 60 per cent in Bangladesh. Many children don't go to school because the are put to work and thereby contributing to the family income.
Jotun in collaboration with “Life of Hope”, a local NGO, initiated a day with some of these children in their local society. The government has allowed this community to start a preparatory school. During the day it is garbage collection and sorting center while in the evening it becomes a school and later in the night it is turned into a dormitory.
Jotun staff spent a day cleaning the place and painting the class room. The children were very eager to help and a paint competition was carried out. Later the same day Jotun staff gave a demonstration of basic hygiene. At the end of the day the Jotun staff took all the children to a fun park and arranged a lunch for everybody.
Supporting kids and their families
2020: Jotun Brazil is a long-term supporter of Karanba, a football training programme developed to provide disadvantaged children a healthy alternative to life in the streets. In addition to coaching and organised practice, Karanba offers participants basic education, social assistance and vocational training. To help participants during this difficult time, Jotun made a financial contribution to Karanba to enable them distribute 150 food baskets to families in need.
2018: By initiative of some production and warehouse operators, we started a Donation Toy Campaign at Jotun Brazil, for the benefit of the children who live in a close community - Rio Bonito/RJ.
Some of our employees usually play soccer in this place and, with Christmas holidays coming close, their hearts were touched when experiencing the poor conditions that those people live in. In Brazil donation campaigns are common at this time of the year, so our employees asked if we could do something like that in our facilities.
The idea was immediately embraced by all our employees, who ended up asking us to extend the deadline to bring more toys.
The campaign exceeded our expectations and we could bring a little joy to that community. It’s true, the spirit of Christmas warmed our hearts and brought out the best in people.
When former Norwegian pro footballer Tommy Nilsen saw how poverty and crime threatened the future of children living in Rio’s favelas, he decided to do something about it.
As a young man growing up in the suburbs of Oslo, Tommy Nilsen always dreamed of becoming a professional footballer. By 17 he turned pro, but at age 25 his career was cut short by a devastating knee injury. During a visit to Rio de Janeiro in 2004, he was deeply moved by the poverty he saw. “Kids growing up in favelas don’t have many opportunities outside a life in crime, and that made me angry,” he says. “I didn’t know the language and had little in common with these kids except for one thing: Football.”
It all starts with a dream
In 2006, Nilsen established Karanba, a football training programme for kids between 6–18 who dream of playing for a pro team. “Football teaches leadership, teamwork, discipline and builds confidence,” he says. “Training also helps keep the kids off the streets and out of danger. However, some parents felt we were filling their children with lunch and later, added educational programmes. Our rule is simple: if you don’t go to class, you don’t get on the field.”
In addition to financial aid, Jotun provides athletic equipment and uniforms. Jotun have also provided job training to three Karanba graduates who partcipated in the Jotun Apprenticeship Programme. jotun has seen the difference Karanba has made to thousands of lives, and will continue to support this worthy cause in the years ahead.
Today, Karanba engages with about 700 kids (both boys and girls) from nine different areas around Rio. Karanba teams regularly participate (and win) in competitions. While some players have made it to professional teams, for most, Karanba is a place to train, learn, make friends and develop job skills in a safe, positive environment. “About 60 per cent of our Karanba kids have seen a significant improvement in their school grades and some have gone on to find jobs with our network of supporters, including Jotun,” says Nilsen.
Long term partner
According to Marianne Terland Nilsen, Managing Director Jotun Brazil, the company has been working with Karanba since 2012. “In addition to financial aid, Jotun provides athletic equipment and uniforms,” she says. “We have also provided job training to three Karanba graduates who partcipated in the Jotun Apprenticeship Programme. We have seen the difference Karanba has made to thousands of lives, and will continue to support this worthy cause in the years ahead.”
Penguins Blood Club
2019 – As part of the Cambodian society, Jotun wants to facilitate for doing something really good for the Cambodian people.
Donating blood saves lives. It is also a security for all of us, because we never know when we might need it ourselves.
So we established the Penguin blood club. We give blood once per quarter at Kuntha bopha IV which is a hospital that focuses on treating Cambodian children of low-income families.
A Roof over their head
2019 – Jotun sponsored paints to Cambodia Teacher Training Project (CTTP) building at Kandal Teacher Training College Campus in Ta Khmau.
This building was built in the 1960s, this crumbling building is home to Cambodia’s future educators. Up to 100 young Cambodian teacher students eat, sleep and study there for two years.
The residential building was decaying day by day. Major structural repairs were required urgently to make it safe. Jotun joined forces with other serious companies and together we really made a difference.
Give a Hand for Hope
Set in a remote location near the foot of Kirirom Mountain, the Give a Hand for Hope school is the only source of formal education in the commune and has to be supported by volunteers and donations. Our Cambodian Penguins delighted the 60 students with new backpacks and water bottles as motivation for them to persevere in their studies for a brighter future.
Other projects in recent years
- Jotun the dog - In 2015 Jotun “hired” a puppy and gave him the name “Jotun”. Once he is fully trained, “Jotun” and his handler will join 80 other NPA dogs in Cambodia, where an estimated three to five million mines and explosive remnants of war lie hidden under the soil - Follow Jotun the dog's development here
- Making life safer in Cambodia - Jotun is funding a land-mine clearing team through NPA. The team operates in Kratie province in eastern Cambodia, which is one of the worst affected parts of the country. With Jotun’s support, this team is able to clear around nine football fields in one month
- Children’s Hospital Kantha Bopha IV - donation of USD 2,000
- Safety helmets - Jotun Cambodia Ltd. has donated 100 safety helmets to “Mith Samlanh” (an award winning local NGO recognized as a leader in child protection and child welfare). Another 100 safety helmets were donated to Cambodian National Police for distribution to poor families during their Road Safety Month programme. 100 pcs has also been donated to temples, churches and NGO’s for their distribution to those in need of it
Care for the Elderly – Emotional Dragon Boat Festival
2019 – Almost 20 penguin volunteers from Jotun ZJG Plant came to the nursing home on June 9th 2019. They had a common wish to bring care and warmth to the elderly.
Jotun also donated a batch of materials including but not limited to wheel chairs, healing instruments for lower limbs joints, turn-over pillows, kidney belts etc.
Environment Protection / Tramp Activity – Wu Xi
2019 – More than 30 Jotun employees and their families, led by the HR department and professional hiking leaders, set out once again to go to Junzhang ancient road, Baojie mountain, Wuxi.
We picked up roadside garbage while walking. Although the process was tiring, we all feel good about the fact that it contributed to improving our health, and also created happiness among us doing public welfare.
At three o’clock in the afternoon, we went back to the assembly point one by one, the bags were full of rubbish. Although we were tired, we were all happy, doing our bit to the improve the environment of the world.
Jotun (ZJG) funds scholarship and hold the fifth award ceremony in White Cloud School
2019 – Jotun ZJG factory has funded White Cloud School since 2015, and held the fifth award ceremony on May 29, 2019.
The White Cloud School has always adhered to an excellent educational tradition. It provides professional education for migrant children.
In order to celebrate the upcoming Children’s Day, the White Cloud School held a Children’s Day art performance. And invited Jotun ZJG factory to participate in the fifth scholarship award ceremony.
Gesanghua Education Aid
2019 – Jotun (ZJG) continuously works with the Chinese NGO Gesanghua Education Aid to provide support to schools and help students. The company donated 200,000 CNY on university student scholarship and provide winter coats to middle school student in rural areas.
Jotun holds Charitable Education program in Qinghai
2018 – Jotun held Jotun Gesang Flower Discovery Camp 2018. With the company of Jotun volunteers, 40 students from the northwestern China plateau participated in a series of interactive activities and painted colorful pictures with unique aesthetic style of the Qinghai plateau.
As a major part of Jotun’s charity program which has entered its tenth year in 2018, the Gesang Flower Discovery Camp aims to allow children in remote areas to enrich their knowledge and experience the world outside their home.
Decade-long partnership between Jotun and Gesanghua Education's Aid
This year marks the tenth year that Jotun partnered with Gesanghua Education's Aid, a charity organisation in Qinghai. Since 2009, Jotun supported the organisation with donations and volunteering and participated in a series of activities such as scholarship, discovery camps, campus building and student care programs. Particularly, the company initiated the Jotun-Gesanghua education aid project in 2011, aiming to help poor students in western China complete basic-level education, which brings them opportunities to use knowledge to change their life. Since 2011, Jotun has funded students from two classes in Tongren Senior High Schools in Qinghai, donating a total of three million yuan (RMB) as of November 2017.
School fundingJotun Coatings China continuously funds school projects in China. Watch the video about the Qinghai School Project on the Tibetan Plateau.
Other projects in recent years
- Jotun Zhangjiagang Funds scholarship in LiangFeng Senior High School – awarding students who make good performance in chemistry. The second awards ceremony was held on Nov 1st, 2016.
- The Walking Gesanghua 2015 - 51 teachers and students from the second Jotun-Gesanghua Class made a one-week Shanghai Discovery Summer Camp under the theme “The Walking Gesanghua 2015”. Jotun China sponsored the camp for bringing the Tibetan students to experience the outside world.
- Huge Mountain Baby Penguin Kindergarten -in 2015 RMB 100,000 have been donated to the kindergarten with a 10 year donation agreement between JCMC and the kindergarten
- JCMC donated RMB 100,000 from “Jotun COSCO Charity Fund” to 31 kids from poverty area and set up “Jotun COSCO Reading Room” in school. Since established, “Jotun COSCO Charity Fund” has donated RMB 300,000, which greatly supported the poor families in poverty area and facilitated the fundamental construction of community healthy office
- Jotun China ZJG factory organized a blood donation in January, 2016 - More than one hundred penguins registered the blood donation application. After considering the work shift attendance, 41 penguins were selected for the donation
- Two-year scholarship program in Zhangjiagang White Cloud primary school - The total sponsorship has a worth of RMB 100,000 and is intended for supporting 100 diligent but poverty stricken students at the school
- Educational sponsorship for children in Yun Nan & Gui Zhou provinces - books and toys donated by colleagues, computers, pressure cookers, UPS power sources and also RMB 220,000 from the “Jotun COSCO Charity Fund” to the kids
- Gesanghua Summer Camp - A group of 28 students and 5 teachers from impoverished Qinghai province joined a 7-day summer camp in beautiful Anhui province together with 6 penguins from Jotun
- Subsidized the senior high school education of 50 students from Qinghai Tongren Middle School
- Jotun Computer Classroom - Jotun China donated RMB200,000 (USD30,000) to establish a new computer classroom with computers and IT accessories at Tongren National School.
- Jotun Class . Jotun China donated RMB 742,000 (USD 114,000) in three years (2011-2013) to set up a Jotun Class for sponsoring 50 selected students to complete their three-year senior high school education at Tongren National School
- Winter Jackets Donation - In autumn of 2013, Jotun China launched a “Warm winter together with Jotun” programme, delivered 2000 pieces of new winter jackets and 12 cartons of second-hand winter clothes donated by individual penguins for keeping all students warm in the freezing season
- Summer camp - Jotun China organized and financed a 5-day summer camp for 55 students from the “Jotun Class” in June, 2013
- School project in Qinghai - early in 2009 and 2010, Jotun China funded a school on the Tibetan Plateau of Qinghai, with RMB960,000 (USD140,000) for construction of a new school building and a solar energy project for the school’s hot water and electricity system
2020: Jotun donated 1200 disposable 3M FFP3-type respirators to Masaryk Hospital in Usti Nad Labem, a city in the northern part of the Czech Republic.
Other projects in recent years
- One World Festival– the biggest human rights festival in the world attended every year by more than 100 thousand people. In 2016, for the 17th year running, it was held in Ústí nad Labem thanks to the ongoing financial support from the Jotun Czech unit which is located in the city
- People in Need (25 000 CZK) - One World 2015 in Ústí nad Labem - International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights
- FidoDido (25 000 CZK) - Engage with us! - supporting arrangement of different activities like band music and sports activities for youngsters in socially congested areas in Ústí
- KČT ŠLUKNOV (25 000 CZK) - More heads, more ideas, more working hands in the “North-kingdom”. Support for the establishment of comprehensive cycling tours and tourist routes
- TOOCAN HELP (25 000 CZK) - Healthy lifestyle with the Children's Parliament Úštěk
- Devastating floods - a donation of CZK 50 000 to a program aimed at helping and supporting people who were hit by flooding.
- Strengthening People-to-Places Relations - contribution to The Ústí Community Foundation for three projects; "Doing sports in kindergarten", "Talks with national minorities" and "Respect and be respected".
Kolding Christmas Seal Home
Christmas dinner 2013 in Jotun Danmark A/S raised DKK 33,000 (USD 6,030) for the establishment of Kolding Christmas Seal Home.
At last year’s Christmas dinner, which were held at the HQ in Kolding according to tradition, a new initiative was taken, a charity auction at the benefit of the Christmas Seal Homes. The items at the auction had been delivered by customers, suppliers and Jotun. Carpets, curtains, table cloths, accessories for your home etc. were among the items at the auction – all items shifted owners and money shifted hands, and the 48 employees at Jotun Danmark had collected DKK 16,500 for the Danish Christmas Seal Homes, the company doubled the amount, and an amount of DKK 33.000 was raised.
Christmas Seals and the Christmas Seal Homes help improve the lives of unfortunate children in Denmark. A stay at a Christmas Seal Home offers children some breathing space from their everyday problems. The stay is very important in a child’s life – both at the time of residence and in the years to come. Currently there are approximately 700 children waiting to stay at a Christmas Seal Home.
2020: In partnership with local grocery stores, Jotun Egypt has arranged food support for shop sales staff and 7000 painters registered through the Master Painter app. It took only five days for participating grocers to prepare boxes with enough food to feed painters (and their families) for 10 days. The food packages were distributed through 590 Jotun shops, located throughout Egypt.
Paint tomorrow, today
As part of Jotun’s ’Paint tomorrow, today’ programme, we provide paint, teacher sponsorships and education materials to five different schools in Egypt.
We work in close cooperation with local educators and government officials to help fight illiteracy.
Thanks to Jotun’s work to revamp a local school in Sohag, attendance has improved dramatically.
According to HR Manager, Shereen Sabry, the idea was to establish a programme that could be followed over time and was more closely aligned with Jotun’s business in areas where the company is growing. For Sabry, the project has been a great success so far. “We feel we are playing a small but important role in the region’s development, but for me, the best reward is seeing how happy and engaged the students are in class. We will follow the progress of the school over time, so who knows? Some of these kids may end up working for Jotun!”
Other projects in recent years
- Comprehensive School Makeover Project at ''Abou Abed'' School in Assuit
- Jotun has contributed to considerable improvement in healthcare facilities - Yahiya Arafa Children`s Charity Foundation is a NGO under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity. Jotun has contributed with supplying free paint to the foundation's projects in Ain Shams University Hospital.
- Friends of Children with Cancer (FOCC) - Jotun has supplied free paint for the FOCC's Project, "Health and Hope Oasis", a nutritional and recreational centre for children in between their cancer treatment in Wadi Al-Natrun, Beheira Governorate, Egypt.
- Egyptian Medical Students Association - Jotun has supplied free paint needed for the first phase of the project "Splashes of Hope". This project is held in Health Insurance Hospital in Nasr City, Cairo. A total number of five patient rooms in the Paediatrics Ward has been designed and coloured to become a healing environment for sick children.
- "Yalla Negamel Baladna" - a campaign driven by Jotun where the mission is to join forces to beautify the community. Free painting material, overalls and paint application tools is provided to civic groups in order to support their efforts and brighten up various parts of the city with Jotun paints.
In 2015, we once again donated money to the children’s hospice “Sternenbrücke” in Hamburg. The hospice provides a home for terminally ill children and young adults up to the age of 27 and accompanies them as well as their families in the period leading up to their death. Hence, the hospice’ mission statement reads: ’We cannot give life more days but we can make the remaining days more liveable.’
While professional help regarding the care of patients is offered, people are also given the chance to share their own emotions and to ensure that the remaining time with their children ends up being the best time of their lives.
During an interview with the hospice´ press officer, it became clear just how important the donation for the “Sternenbrücke” is – especially this year. Due to the many refugees that have arrived in Germany throughout the year, fewer donations were made to the hospice. However, we very much admire and support the work and effort of the “Sternenbrücke” and wanted to show out continued support through our donation.
Jotun Germany has made several generous donations to the “Stiftung Mittagskinder” in Hamburg. The foundation supports children in the so-called “socially disadvantaged areas of the city”, of which there are two in Hamburg. Here, children can receive free and healthy meals on a regular basis and can eat together. In addition, they receive help to finish their homework and the foundation offers professional competence based care.
At the “Stiftung Mittagskinder”, children from immigrant families and children from Germany, who come from a difficult social background, can get to know each other. The foundation was established with the help of donations. The foundation spends the donations on games, furniture, stuffed animals, trips and other things and by doing so, helps the children to feel more comfortable. The “Stiftung Mittagskinder” provides a safe haven for the children, where they can talk about their feelings and be together as a group.
Other projects in recent years
- Donating old mobile phones to refugees - making it possible for some of them to contact their families in their native countries
- Stiftung Mittagskinder - A considerable donation was made to "Stiftung Mittagskinder". This foundation is operating two facilities. Here children with a difficult social background are offered free and healthy meals on regular basis.
Greece and Cyprus
Painting for Peace - Building Bridges of Hope in Cyprus
In the morning of 17th of November 2016, five boat ribs and twenty people, members of the Naturalist Club "Nautilus”, doctors and crew from Alpha TV (local Greek TV Channel) had arrived at Kimolos Island, despite the weather conditions, to start their 2nd mission “Drop of Love” in the Aegean Sea for 2016 and the 20th mission overall. The Naturalist Club of inflatable boats "Nautilus” is a non-profit association founded in May 1991 by passionate people who love the sea and small boats-ribs. Among other association activities they organize "social contribution" missions called “Drops of love”. Their goal is, with the help of sponsorships to provide goods to the residents of small islands and especially those in inaccessible areas. Jotun Hellas is the exclusive fuel sponsor in their missions and is covering all traveling expenses of the inflatable boats.
Other projects in recent years
- Painting for Peace - Building Bridges of Hope in Cyprus - Jotun has continuously supported Peaceplayers Cyprus (PPI-CY) in their efforts towards achieving a peaceful coexistence between Turkish-Cypriots and Greek-Cypriots in the island. Over the last 3 years, the relationship between Jotun and PPI-CY has transformed into a loyal partnership that goes beyond the sponsorship framework
- Drop of Love - The Naturalist Club of inflatable boats "Nautilus" is a non-profit association that provides goods to the residents of small islands and especially those in inaccessible areas. Jotun Hellas was the fuel sponsor of one mission and covered all traveling expenses of the inflatable boats.
- The smile of the child - During the annual Christmas party of Jotun Hellas, all employees were given a drawing, personalized to the individual employee. The drawings were made by children living at "THE SMILE OF THE CHILD", a non-profit voluntary Organisation. Receiving the drawings the employees were asked to donate money as an act of good will for this, AND whatever total sum the employees gave, Jotun Hellas doubled. The donations were used to buy gifts to the children.
- SOS Children Villages Varis - During Christmas days 2014, some employees of Jotun Hellas joined Naturalist Club Friends Inflatable Boas - Nautilus to his fifth mission "Drop of Love" where a delegation of four members of the Nautilus visited the premises of "SOS Children Villages Varis' and delivered food and household essentials for the needs of the villages.
- PeacePlayers International (CY) - Jotun Cyprus sponsored the games where Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot children were playing basketball together and building trustful friendship at the same time.
2020: For the families of daily wage earns struggling through the lockdown period in Pune, Jotun India participated in the #fromU2them programme, which provides essential food packages to families in need. Jotun supplied a dedicated truck to distribute packages reaching about 2400 individuals, with enough food to last a family for two weeks. This represents a proud moment for Jotun India, which has shown its ’Penguin Spirit’ during these difficult times.
Laptop donation to rural school to improve students' IT skills
Today’s world is an E–learning world. Pupils attending village schools in remote areas are facing challenges regarding IT knowledge due to lack of resources from the government and the society.
Thanks to Jotun India’s CR initiative, Kalilamata Vidhyalaya school got help in best possible manner through the donation of previous generation but still fully functional laptops.
The school is situated in the village “Wagahale” which is located in a remote area approx. 20 kilometres from our Ranjangaon factory.
Jotun India CR team visited to the school for handing over the laptops and received a warm welcome by school staff, the head of village government and the students. Students were enthusiastic to receive the laptops and excited to learn operating them.
SOS Children’s Villages of India (Balgram)
Jotun cares for orphaned children through SOS Children’s Villages of India (SOS India).
SOS India is a non-profit, non-government organization working towards providing a loving home to the children who have lost their parents or are at a risk of losing care of their parents.
Since 1964, SOS India is reaching out to thousands of children and families every day through SOS Children’s Villages, the Family Strengthening Program and allied community projects.
Today, there are 33 SOS Children’s Villages, 34 Family Strengthening Programs and other projects such as Kindergartens, Schools, Medical & Vocational Training Centres spread in 21 states of India. The approach is to ensure sustained family based care and holistic development – Education, nutrition, psychological, settlement – for children so that they become contributing members of society.
Jotun has contributed to the organization since 2009 and has sponsored a "Village Family home" housing of 10 children. Jotun is further working with the organization to explore direct participation in children's development activity by involving our penguins to volunteer in different activities.
School furniture for the shool for hearing and speech impaired at Anandwan
"Maharogi Sewa Samiti, Warora” (MSS), popularly known as Anandwan', is in its 63rd year of humanitarian service. Today, this Institution has five important project sites spread across 300 kilometers of the backward region of Central India, providing free food, clothing, medicines and housing for approximately 5,000 able-disabled people.
The school needed new furniture for the children because the 30 year old desks in two schools were in bad condition and were very uncomfortable.
Earn and learn – an education programme
In a programme developed by the government of Maharashtra, Jotun and Yashaswi Institute of Technology (YIT) Jotun is providing support to young student who want to finish their education in engineering. The opportunity to continue their education and income to help support their families at the same time.
“Many young people in India cannot afford to take time off from work to get an education. Instead of simply donating funds to needy individuals, we pay for a portion of their education and provide valuable work experience.”
Other projects in recent years
- Distance education programme (RDEP) - Jotun has sponsored two schools with the RDEP system, an Audio-Visual E-learning classroom set up consisting Computer preloaded with curriculum based audio-visual e-Learning software, LCD projector and power back up along with required infrastructure and installations. The set up is supported on-site for 3 years including software upgrades. The school teachers are trained to operate the software.
- Beyond barriers - Jotun contributes to the travel fare for four enterprising individuals who despite their disabilities, are passionate to spread the word that community-members like themselves are given equal opportunities when it comes to experiencing travel and tourism.
- The Jotun India CR Team has taken the first steps in creating a healthier population in the Indian cities of Mumbai and Pune, by visiting local orphanages, alongside a force of volunteers, to inform the kids about hygienic habits.
Making a difference
In addition to implementing internal safety policies to protect workers in the office and factory, Jotun Indonesia has made a number of contributions to local communities. For example, Jotun donated 1,000 litres of disinfectant to help sterilise the public zones of the MM2100 industrial area and supplied branded t-shirts, hats, aprons face masks and drinking water to a public kitchen, which made 100 meal packages for families impacted by COVID 19.
Seminar for kaolin supplier, PT Aneka
Jotun Indonesia practiced true "Care" by holding a seminar for the kaolin supplier, PT Aneka. The seminar was carried out with the joint efforts from Purchasing, Supply Chain, HSE and Local Lab.
PT Aneka has been lacking proper procurement processes and facing challenges in HSE management. Hence, the seminar covered topics mainly on procurement and HSE, with a bit on 5’S and QAQC, so that the supplier has some knowledge on how all these can be managed and the importance of having such governance.
PT Aneka has given positive feedback that the seminar was indeed inspiring and now they are determined to improve on their management system especially in HSE and 5’S. A strong message was sent during the seminar itself and now, our supplier is more aware about the seriousness of Jotun when dealing with off-limits and our expectations towards suppliers. At the same time, they felt appreciated that Jotun Indonesia has taken the time and effort in preparing the Seminar and they obtained important knowledge from the one-day activity.
Other projects in recent years
- CSR award - Out of a thousand companies, local government rewarded Jotun Indonesia as one of selected companies for actively implementing CSR programs in Bekasi area audited by government officers. Jotun Indonesia is active in implementing CSR programs both internally and externally. Internal programs are focusing on how Jotun Indonesia cares for all employees and their families, such as scholarship for children, provide helmets to all employees, not hiring people under 18 years, sports activities, band and other social activities. External programs are focusing on supporting disaster incidents, painting public facilities, providing medical supply to remote island through Vega Norwegian sailing vessel, sustainable programmes in school for ages 15 to 18, as preparation for those children who will go direct to employment, and HSE compliance related to Industrial estate and government regulations and responsible for developing citizens in local communities.
- Jotun Family Care Day in Jungleland Adventure Theme Park
- Blood donation - Jotun Powder Coatings Indonesia conducted a blood donation activity in collaboration with Indonesia Red Cross. The participants (99 people) were Jotun employees, customers, suppliers and companies from the communities around Powder Indonesia factory.
- Piggy banks
- Donation of 7,000 piggy banks to school children
- Earthquake help
- Mount Merapi, Indonesia, erupted lava from its southern and southeastern slopes - Jotun Indonesia initiated a project helping out the people of Pramaban, Sleman and Cangkringan.
2019 and 2020 – Jotun Italy will be managing the full restoration of a picturesque gazebo located on the grounds of the historic Castello Miramare in Trieste, Italy.
Located on the tip of Grignano promontory just west of Trieste sits Castello Miramare the castle, which was opened in 1860, overlooks the sea and is surrounded by a large park, containing many rare and exotic tree species.
The castle has recently embarked on a multi-year renovation project with partners to restore the grounds to its former glory.
In exchange for donating paint and financing the restoration of the damaged parts of the wrought iron trellis, Jotun will forever be linked to perhaps the most iconic landmark in the region. A plaque will be placed alongside the gazebo that will recognise Jotun’s contributions.
In addition a year long joint-marketing campaign with the museum is planned to encourage other companies in the area to consider supporting the restoration and maintenance of our incredible cultural patrimony.
Thanks to Jotun Italy, the garden gazebo at Castello Miramare can be enjoyed by the public for decades to come.
Beautification of a community hub
2019 – Jotun Malaysia has worked with Urbanice Malaysia (a centre of excellence for sustainable cities and community well-being which offer innovation programs on smart urban solutions) to beautify the community hub located at Flat Taman Dagang Fasa 2, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
The purpose of this hub is to provide a focal point and facilities to serve the local community such as community library/book sharing concept, tuition centre, children’s centres and nurseries, faith and counselling, recycle centre etc.
Our volunteers helped to paint two containers, a pathway and also created a 3D zebra crosswalk. We created a happy, clean and functional environment that fulfilled the purpose for the people.
The worst floods in the history of Malaysia
More than 130,000 evacuees took shelter in the evacuation center and hundreds of houses were destroyed by the floods leaving the residents homeless.
In some areas, the entire towns have been submerged under the water and there was no electricity running, leaving the affected area in cold, wet and dark condition. The shops have all closed down so there is no food and clean water supply to the people.
Jotun donated more than RM 20,000 worth of essential items to the flood victims in the East Coast region of Malaysia through Jotun Multicolor Centre dealers in the region.
Jotun volunteers packed 300 sets of ‘I Care’ boxes consisting of blankets, towels, T-shirts, torch light and gas stoves to send off to Jotun dealers in the East Coast regions of Malaysia. With the flood situation in the region, most logistic companies were unable to deliver the goods to the region because major roads had been closed down. Nevertheless, Jotun Malaysia managed to make special arrangements to send the goods to the dealers at the affected area.
The Jotun management also took the opportunity to help employees and families who were affected by the floods by providing them with some financial assistance to ease the burden on them and to make them able to resume their lives.
Other projects in recent years
- Shelter Home - Jotun Malaysia sponsored gifts up to a value of RM5,000 to Shelter Home including paints and presents for the children (backpack and penguin soft toy)
- Repainting a shelter home in Semenyih, Selangor - in addition the residents were treated to a sumptuous meal that was organized by Jotun staff.
- A fresh splash of colours to Yayasan Sunbeams Home - Jotun Malaysia, in colaboration with Mr Paint Shop, one of Jotun's loyal dealers, sponsored paints and painted the exterior and interior of the 3-storey Yayasan Sunbeams Home located at Taman Mawar, Cheras. Yayasan Sunbeams Home is a non-governmental, self-supporting multi-racial home for the displaced, misplaced, abused and neglected children of single-parents.
- Bringing the walls of Hope to life - Twenty-two students from KDU University College's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) spent a Sunday morning painting murals on the walls of the Children's Home of Hope at the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM). This was carried out in conjunction with the Bald On, Wax Off for Cancer project.
- Shelter Home - Jotun Malaysia sponsored gifts up to a value of RM5,000 to Shelter Home including paints and presents for the children (backpack and penguin soft toy)
Sponsors of the 7th AMANC Race
AMANC supports the treatment of poor children diagnosed with cancer.
Jotun make donations to AMANC through sponsoring a race and donation of a certain an amount to the AMANC organization. Additionally, employees who wanted to join the race gave their contribution by buying a ticket to run the race.
Through this year's race there were raised 568,215 Mexican pesos.
As part of Jotun Mexico's recycling campaign, all the money coming in from the action is donated to AMANC.
Mary Chapman School for Deaf in Yangon2019 – Jotun Myanmar has donated paints and paints application to Mary Chapman School for Deaf in Yangon.
It is founded in 1920, Mary Chapman School for the deaf is a Teachers’ Training College and School that helps deaf locals learn speech reading and sign language. It is the leading center of learning for the deaf population in Yangon and has been educating local Burmese for nearly a century since its founding. Currently they house 155 children in their boarding school and educate over 300 kids per day. Most of the children living there are from very poor families, of which the parents cannot afford the cost per child. The children are mostly smaller children and cheerful, but in dying need of support for food, cloths and improved accommodation.
It took two months to complete painting the five-storey school building. The principal, teachers and children from school were very glad and happy to see their newly painted school building.
Repaint of the Bago General Hospital
Built in 1930, the 500-bed hospital is near the Jotun Myanmar factory and consists of medical ward, surgical ward, pediatric ward, obstetrics and gyneocology ward. The painting works in June 2018 took two months to complete including fence, OPT wards, meeting room, office room and store room. The representatives from hospital were very thankful and happy to see their newly painted rooms. They really appreciated Jotun Myanmar's donation to them.
Other projects in recent years
- Floods – Myanmar suffered the worst floods in living memory in 2015. Many lost their lives, many more displaced from their homes, their livelihoods ruined. The Red Cross Society , with over 1000 volunteers and 30 staff were at the scene offering much needed help and support. Jotun Myanmar made a donation to Myanmar Red Cross Society as one of of their main CR activities in 2015
- A new beginning - Jotun is funding a programme, run by NPA and the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB), to educate people in rural areas about their working rights, property rights and human rights. Jotun’s contribution funded the training of 40 course instructors, as well as sponsoring 280 people to be put through the human rights education sessions
The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015 destroyed many lives and homes in the country. The whole world was moved by the loss of human lives. Jotun UAE and Jotun Powder Coatings UAE have several employees hailing from Nepal and about six of them were in Nepal during the disaster.
Jotun immediately made all efforts to establish contact with the employees to ensure their well -being. Fortunately none of our employees or their immediate family was injured.
However 5 employees were badly affected as their homes were either fully or partially destroyed. Thus, we initiated a relief fund within the company to help these employees to rebuild their homes. We are very proud to say that Penguins from all the units including Jotun UAE (Dubai, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar), Jotun MENA, Jotun MEIA Regional staff, Jotun Powder Coatings UAE and Jotun Powder Coatings segment staff donated whole heartedly towards this fund.
We were able to achieve a sum of AED 85,000 through employee donations and Jotun contributed an equal amount towards this fund. Thus we have pledged to distribute the total sum of AED 170,000 (USD 50000) among the affected employees to help them in rebuilding their homes. That's indeed true 'Penguin Spirit'.
Support childhood cancer research
In 2019, Jotun Netherlands made a donation to a foundation that arranged sailing trips for old fisherman, as well as to a local sports association.
Besides that, instead of sending Christmas cards, we make a yearly donation to a charity called KiKa. KiKa funds scientific research into the treatment and cure of childhood cancer. This research improves the quality of the treatment and reduces side effects.
Field hockey match for 30 Dutch children
Jotun Netherlands & Yachting Concept, based in Barcelona, recently made a dream come through for 30 Dutch children who shared a desire to play their beloved sports on an international level.
Field Hockey is one of the biggest national sports in the Netherlands & Spain, which generally becomes apparent when the two countries meet in the final stages of the World Championships or Olympics.
On a lower level these events unfortunately hardly exist. Jotun thought that this should change…! The Dutch team visited Barcelona, played three great games, learned about the culture of the city and were introduced to our great company by Willem Antheunissen, General Manager Netherlands & France. His CR initiatives tend to focus on development of children: “the next generation managers and our future customers”.
Yachting Concept and the two Jotun companies have a very close working relationship; because of the Netherlands being the number two Megayacht builder in the world and France is renowned for the global biggest Maintenance and Repair area for Megayachts.
Coastal Cleanup Day
2020 – Jotun employees with family and friends joined forces to clean the coastal areas during the International Coastal Cleanup day in September 2020. We are committed to a sustainable business practice. Part of our commitment is ensuring that our communities are also taken care of. In addition to a financial support from Jotun Group to the Norwegian non-profit organisation “Hold Norge Rent” that works against marine littering, roughly 300 employees cleaned the coastal areas in Norway and China.
In addition to donating NOK 50 000 the Jotun Group joined the Keep Norway Clean (an organisation for companies, public enterprises and organisations). The organisation coordinates activities related to work against littering.
Joining forces to fight plastic waste in our oceans
2020 – Every year, more than eight million tons of plastic enter our oceans. The Jotun Group participated in the Norwegian Telethon 2020, an annual televised fundraiser, which focused on the effort to reduce plastic waste.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) will use the funds raised from the Telethon 2020 to tackle plastic pollution at the source by establishing and improving waste management systems for more than 900 000 people living in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and The Philippines. WWF will work in collaboration with local communities, authorities and businesses, with the aim of collecting and recycling plastic waste and reducing unnecessary single-use plastics bags. The overall goal is to reduce plastic waste and protect our oceans.
The Jotun Group donated NOK 123 500. In addition, employees in Norway joined as digital fundraiser contributing over NOK 50 000 to this good cause.
JOTUN sponsoring Girls Football education in the Middle East and North Africa together with Norwegian Football Association
Girl's Football Coaching Course (GFCC), Middle East The project aims to contribute to changing community attitudes to, and increasing the recruitment of, female football players and girls aged 6-12 in the project countries Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, Jordan, Egypt. Before 2015, NFF trained 500 female trainers through the project. 600 new coaches will be educated in the next two years.
Syrian refugees in Jordan
The project aims to curb tensions between Syrian refugees and locals in Jordan by providing Syrian refugee children with an active life, as well as a positive interaction with Jordanian children.
This happens through the construction of football courts and training of trainers in refugee camps and communities with high density of refugees. Eight lanes were built before 2015. Ten new lanes are being built in the period 2015-2017. 200 people will be educated through the project's training course.
Skjetten, Norway J 14 was sponsored by Jotun during their 12 days trip to Palestine and Jordan June this summer as a part of the program mentioned above.
Healthy values for the future
In Sandefjord, Jotun has a long history of supporting sport and cultural activities for children and young people. Many local teams and associations are favoured with funds from Jotun.
We have broad recruitment from the local community, and we want future employees to establish a healthy way of life from an early age. Culture and sports teach children to cooperate, and through play they learn Jotun's values: Loyalty, Care, Respect and Boldness.
Ramadhan Vouchers to families in need
2019 – “Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person”.
A week before Ramadhan started Jotun Oman penguins decided to visit Al-Rahma charity Association which has data of needy families in Oman in order to provide those families shopping vouchers which shall help them to buy all groceries during this holy month. 100 OMR worth vouchers were given to ten different families. The team went back to office with a feeling of nothing greater than to do something for others.
Eid vouchers for kids
2019 – It’s a tradition during Eid all kids wears new clothes and celebrates Eid with each other.
There are many kids born in families who cannot afford them to celebrate this occasion. Hence, in mid of Ramadhan Jotun Oman team visited kids who are admitted at Royal Hospital to provide them with shopping vouchers, so they can afford buying new cloths for Eid.
“The most beautiful thing in the world is a child’s smile, the next best thing is knowing that you are the reason behind it.”
Together towards greener environment
2019 – Following Jotun GreenSteps concept Jotun Oman arranged a “Plant a tree” activity.
Jotun Oman has initiated new green steps for a greener and more colorful world as part for their Corporate Social Responsibility activities.
In March 2019, the Jotun Oman team contributed to the Omani community and environment by planting 90 China Rose trees all over Al Ansab Park located in Muscat.
The activity was performed with a great team consisting of 16 penguins, all from various departments.
The journey to a greener and colourful world begins with a step.
Other projects in recent years
- In 2016 Jotun Oman participated in a broad range of CR activities.
- To bring some cheer to hospitalised children during the Eid festival, Jotun personnel visited the paediatrics unit of the Royal Hospital of the Sultanate of Oman to distribute gifts.
- Jotun helped sponsor a Road Safety Awareness campaign for children in cooperation with the Royal Oman Police.
- Jotun supports various charitable organisations, including the “We build Together” organisation and the Dar Al Atta’a Charity.
- Colour of happiness – One house. One family. One company – Jotun Oman initiated a corporate responsibility project called ''Colour of happiness'' to support a family, to make one dream come true, to show them that we care! The house was fully refurbished and repaired whilst the family was temporarily accommodated in a nearby hotel. After 15 days of hard work from the Jotun team, the family was brought back to their home. That first impression, that emotional reaction, that selfless smile was what Jotun was aiming for. See the movie here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfzPE8C3lAc
- "Donate blood today, and make a few hearts beat again" – Jotun Paints Oman participated in a blood donation drive at their office premises in Rusail Industrial estate. The said campaign was done by central blood bank (CCB) and the blood was donated to the emergency section of Sultan Qaboos University Hospital for cancer & surgical patients, accident victims, anemia and thalassemia patients.
- Paint a smile on their faces – Jotun Oman initiated in 2011 a cooperation with the National Association of Cancer Awareness, NACA, in Oman. This cooperation comes to live through a funding-initiative by Jotun called “Paint a smile on their faces”. This is an initiative that have focus internally as well as externally in Jotun. Through this initiative we aim to raise money from our employees and customers to support NACA’s child center Dar Al Hanan. This center has been established based on the need to provide valuable accommodation for families accompanying children for cancer follow up at the Royal Hospital in Muscat.
- In 2016 Jotun Oman participated in a broad range of CR activities.
Jotun cares for orphaned children through SOS Children’s Village of Pakistan
Jotun Pakistan collaborates with SOS Children's Village of Pakistan, a non-profit, non-government organization that provides a permanent home and family based childcare to abandoned and orphaned children.
Jotun Pakistan contributed to the organization by painting a "SOS Village Family Home", housing 7 orphans. A group of 15 of our employees painted the childrens' home. The employees took food and gifts for the children and spent half a day with them playing games and also involved them in the painting activity. By painting the home of these orphans our penguins helped bring a bit of colour and life to their place of residence.
To help Jotun Pakistan become a more socially responsible organization and enable our penguins to give back to the society, we look forward to undertaking further collaborative activities with SOS Children’s Villages of Pakistan and other such non-government organizations.
Give a Child a Future
The project is benefitting 32 school going kids of 13 shop floor workers. Through this project, Jotun Pakistan strives to give back to its hardworking and loyal penguins, for charity truly begins at home. By contributing to the education of these kids we wish to empower them so that they can create a better future for themselves and their families.
PPE for hospital workers
2020: In April, Jotun Philippines donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to first responders and health care providers. The PPE was distributed to local hospitals in coordination with the Mayor of Batangas.
Since 2015, Jotun has worked with the NGO Bridge Builder Foundation to help provide a home for street children in the Philippines.
Established in 2009 by Roger Bastesen and Nelson Ciano, the Norwegian-based NGO Bridge Builder Foundation has sought to provide a home and services to children in need in the Philippines. In 2016, the organisation opened a new centre in Baclaran, Manila allowing it to expand services to 60 children. In addition to providing housing for 13 children, the centre provides a broad range of “drop in” services to children in the area, including a daily lunch, basic education, hygiene and health care.
When Bridge Builders announced plans to build the centre, Jotun offered interior and exterior paints and some financial support, including sponsoring lunches. These children have had a difficult life, but with a little extra attention, they really blossom.
Other projects in recent years
- Adopt a School Program 2016 – Jotun (Philippines) Inc. supported “Brigada Eskwela 2016” also known as Adopt a School Program by donating Jotashield paints for the restoration of almost 44 class rooms for Inosloban-Marawoy National High School. The school is a 48 year old school situated at Calabarzon Region 4 of Luzon and teaches students from grades seven to eleven with p.t. 3,004 students enrolled.
- Excellent Academic Award 2014 - The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms at the academic level of Jotun employee’s children. Jotun employees with their families and the 11 awarded children were gathered on the event where each nominee received a certificate of appreciation and monetary support for their upcoming enrollment in June 2014.
- Feeding programme for 50 underweight elementary pupils, all of them from extremely poor families - Jotun Philippines and Rotary Club of Paranaque Inc. initiated a 5 month feeding programme in the municipality where its office is located.
WE SUPPORT! Initiative
In association with Lions Club Gdansk Amber, within common initiative WE SUPPORT, we have organised an exhibition of photographs made for Jotun Women Calendar by famous Polish photographer Lidia Popiel. It was combined with a fashion show.
The initiative was reinforced by a fund raiser hosted by popular TV presenter Tomasz Kammel to finance two projects:
1) construction of a leisure arbour for the kindergarten of the Special Education and Childcare Centre no 1 in Gdynia whose students are children with special needs
2) purchase of the mechanical insufflator for the Saint Lawrence Hospice in Gdynia providing palliative care for the terminally ill children and adult patients and their family members
As part of the same initiative, for the second year in a row, we also sponsored scholarships for talented young people from Gdynia Art Scholl, who are in difficult social and economic situation.
Other projects in recent years:
- Breast cancer - for years, Jotun in Poland has supported to the Gdansk Amazons Women‘s Association, an organisation that provides assistance to females suffering from breast cancer
- Helping Handbags Worldwide campaign – Polish penguins (men and women) donated handbags and accessories to women in homeless shelters, in cooperation with the Helping Handbags Worldwide campaign
- Protect Against the Passing of Time– a long-term project to support renovation of heritage sites in Poland with the use of Jotun’s anti-corrosion product range. Jotun Polska has provided paint to maintain and restore historic sites in Gdansk and Wroclaw.
- Corporate Relay - In October 2015, for the first time Jotun Polska team took part in Corporate Relay Race with 3 teams of Runners and Nordic Walkers. Jotun Polska sponsored the grant for the non-governmental project. The event was combined with family picnic
World Autism Day
Jotun Paints in Qatar organized fun-day events at two special needs centres in Doha with the aim of raising awareness about Autism.
The team organized a paint activity where small villas were painted with Jotun paint. More than 200 children, parents and staff participated and had fun together.
The Step by Step Learning Center was given a sunshade at their playground area branded by Jotun, the Child Development Centre received a monetary donation of QAR 10,000 and HOPE Qatar received a donation of QAR 5,000.
From Trash to Treasure
Jotun Paints Qatar recently took part in United Development Company’s (UDC) successful 'From Trash to Treasure' bottle top art project. The project, which is held in association with Qatar Green Building Council, is an art installation-making initiative aimed at increasing awareness on the alarming amount of waste thrown away each day and to inform people on the benefits and advantages to be gained from reducing, reusing and recycling.
The new 3D pond was unveiled March 29, 2014 at The Pearl Qatar as part of UDC’s Earth Hour 2014 celebrations. Jotun supplied the paints that were used in the creation of the pond.
Producing and distributing sanitisers
2020: In response to the pandemic, the operations team at Jotun’s factory near St. Petersburg collected enough of the necessary raw materials to produce 640 litres of sanitiser based on a formula recommended by the World Health Organisation. Working in close cooperation with the authorities and a local logistics partner (which offered free delivery) Jotun sent 10 litre canisters to the Kirishi, Kingisepp and Gatchina interdistrict hospitals.
Jotun sustain ethos of sport in local community
2020: Jotun Russia believes that sport is life, and that’s why Jotun continues to support local school with sports equipment in Fedorovskoye village which is nearby our factory.
On February 7th, 2020 as part of our CR activities, Jotun donated equipment for different sport activities from volleyball to stretching. All the new equipment will be used in brand new sport complex which is planned to be open next school year. We are planning donate more to make sure kids have all necessary sports gear for exercises.
As a thank you to Jotun, kids made a mini show with singing, dancing and sport exercises. After a celebration Jotun team have visited school museum and learned more about history of school and Fedorovskoye village.
Located in the small village of Fedorovskoe in the Leningrad region southeast of St. Petersburg, Kindergarten #23 is the daytime home for about 260 children, ranging in ages from three to six. Each class has about 20 children supervised by four care workers and each class has access to a small garden where they can play outside.
Jotun Russia has been supporting the kindergarten for about four years. Russia’s growing population has left some kindergartens short on funding. The kindergarten is close to Jotun’s new factory so we saw an opportunity to make a positive impact on the local community. In addition to donations, our operations personnel were happy to volunteer their time to help out, demonstrating their commitment to Jotun values.
In previous years, Jotun equipped and painted an activity room and built and painted shelters in the gardens. In 2017, Jotun purchased playground sets for the gardens, including merry-go-rounds, see-saws and climbing bars. We have also agreed to donate one drying and ironing machine.
Other projects in recent years2015: Restoration of two memorials in Leningrad Oblast (near St. Petersburg) perpetuating the victims of the Great Patriotic War (1941–1945)
Makkah Charitable for Orphans
Jotun supports Makkah Charitable for Orphans. Jotun sponsors the care of 30 orphans providing them with clothing, education, entertainment and school bags.
The agreement was signed in 2008 and is renewed every year.
Other projects in recent years
- Mecca Society for Orphans - Jotun supports 10 orphans and 6 students at Mecca Society for Orphans. The agreement is renewed every year.
- Mecca Society for Orphans - Jotun sponsored training of six students from Mecca Society for Orphans during the summer 2012.
- Taif Orphans Association in Jeddah - In 2012 Jotun sponsored re-painting of the building of Taif Orphans Association in Jeddah (internal and external) with a total cost of SR 10,432.
- Orphans Festival in Jeddah - Jotun contributed to the Orphans Festival in Jeddah as Gold Sponsor with SR 30,000 in the years 2011 and 2012.
- Cooperative Office for Call and Guidance in Al-Lith - In 2012 Jotun donated free paints to Cooperative Office for Call and Guidance in Al-Lith with the cost of SR 23,000.
- Deaf Women's Club in Jeddah - In 2012 Jotun sponsored re-painting of the Deaf Women's Club building in Jeddah (internal and external) with the cost of SR 58,000.
- Deaf Women's Club in Jeddah - In 2012 Jotun signed an agreement with the Deaf Women's Club in Jeddah for a period of 5 years to use the club's meeting room for women's seminars. The room was named "Jotun".
- Cooperative Office for Call and Guidance in Jeddah - In 2012 Jotun donated free paints to Cooperative Office for Call and Guidance in Jeddah with a cost of SR 5,800.
- Tanweer Center for care and rehabilitation of people with special needs - In 2012 Jotun donated free paint to Tanweer Center for care and rehabilitation of people with special needs for repainting their building with a cost of SR 7,000.
- Mecca Society for Orphans - Donating free paints to Mecca Society for Orphans for repainting Mosque with a cost of SR 2,303.
- Back to School Festival 2012
- The Ideal Center for Rehabilitation is the first specialized center for Down's syndrome in Jeddah. Jotun participated in various activities at the center. Jotun sponsored colourful school bags.
Jotun participated in the celebration of the Saudia National Day by letting the children paint the Saudia flag with Jotun paints. Jotun made a donation to the help center for children with special needs. Jotun made a donation to the closing ceremony of the Al-amal center hope to people with special needs.
Paint a New Hope
2019 – Jotun Singapore worked in collaboration with our contractor, Singapore Paints & Contractors Pte Ltd to provide Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home with painting works on their outdoor area.
Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home was established in the mid-1960s by the late Madam Lee Ah Mooi for retired Samsui women and former Amahs who wanted a trained nurse to help care for them during their twilight years.
In this meaningful event, despite the hot weather, our group of volunteers managed to complete the painting as planned. In addition to the paint works, the revenue from our marketing garage sales was used to purchase basic necessities for the home as well.
Other projects in recent years
- Paint a New Hope – Jotun Singapore partnered with NTUC nEbO’s Care Community, CAREturn on the 31st of January 2015 in the community service project “Paint A New Hope” to help touch up and re-paint the walls of the less fortunate in Singapore. This movement was kicked off in 2011, and Jotun Singapore has been a proud sponsor of Paint a New Hope since then.
- The Mission to Seafarers – A global initiative that provides help and support to seafarers around the world. Whether caring for victims of piracy, providing a lifeline to seafarers stranded in foreign ports, or simply a listening ear, the Mission is on hand night and day to support the world's 1.5 million seafarers. Jotun Singapore is a proud sponsor of this movement.
- River Safari Singapore – Asia’s first and only river-themed zoo and aquarium, and one of Singapore’s most popular tourist attractions. The river cruise boats were painted by marine coatings proudly sponsored by Jotun Singapore.
- Youth Skipper Flotilla (YSF) Maritime Heritage Museum on Wheels – Jotun Singapore sponsored paints to help refurbish the ship containers that were used to exhibit marine artifacts. This project was started to honour and preserve Singapore’s maritime heritage, as well as to educate Singapore’s youths about her rich maritime past.
- Biosphere Foundation – Jotun Singapore sponsored marine coatings for Biosphere Foundation’s sailing vessel Mir, a 1910 classic 113’ sailing ship. The vessel sails between the foundation’s conservation projects between Indonesia and Sri Lanka to help solve environmental challenges
- Sjømannskirken Singapore – Jotun Singapore sponsored paints to repaint the walls of Sjømannskirken (The Norwegian Seamen’s Mission), a Norwegian church in Singapore. This church was established to secure the moral and religious education of Scandinavian seafarers and to act as a resource centre for all Norwegians travelling around the world.
- Alzheimer’s Disease Association (New Horizon Centres) – Jotun Singapore supports the cause of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, caring for its patients and their loved ones. Jotun Singapore provided financial aid to the ADA in September 2012 for their development and growth.
- Historic Vessel Vega – A movement dedicated to the gathering and delivery of educational and medical supplies to isolated island communities in South East Asia. Jotun Singapore has donated supplies and cash and the involvement over the years has earned Jotun Singapore the Vega Award for Exceptional Achievements in Corporate Social Responsibility in recognition of their dedication and devotion to the betterment of mankind.
Painting – Making our community bright and happy
2019 – Korean society is getting older and many undeveloped rural communities are occupied with only old people. So, they need help from young people for the repair and maintenance of their residential environment.
Chokwang Jotun Penguins initiated the remodelling program of an old street together with local authority since 2017 and more than 50 penguins joined in painting activity of an old wall and fence in our rural community in 2019.
By painting old wall and fence with bright and beautiful colour, the impression of old and dark street changed to attractive and bright place which made all our penguins and people in the community feel happy.
Helping farming – Seeding future
2019 – Chokwang Jotun Penguins helped farming village who are lack of hands especially with the spring work.
Main food for Korean is rice and still there are lots of rice farming villages around our community but they are suffering from lack of labour in busy seasons because many young people are moving to the big cities to find better paid jobs.
In 2019, Chokwang Jotun Penguins voluntarily participated in farming activities to help seeding rice fields and they will be very happy and proud of themselves when they see the gold coloured rice fields in harvest season of fall.
Active CR performance
Chokwang Jotun, South Korea, has as a general aim that all employees shall perform Corporate Responsibilty activities along with regular donations.
The goal is to clean litter and debris four times a year, perform 20 hours of community service a year or donating a portion of monthly salary to support various charitable causes.
• TS TongYoung did farm work at the "Beautiful house" (home for elderly people)
• Chokwang Jotun employees cleaned and painted ‘Sin-pyung Children’s Welfare Center’ in Busan. Besides, Chokwang Jotun donated scholarships to needy students
• Technical Service team in Busan site went to ‘Blue Bird Senior Care Center’ to help cleaning the center and feeding the seniors together with personal assistants
• TS Busan regional office spent a day off cleaning and removing litter in a local street
• The TS team in Ulsan spent a day at a DAVIDA sanatorium cleaning beds and a roof top
• TS Keo-je regional office cleaned a local beach
• The TS Mokpo and Gunsan site cleaned a childrens library
Assisted Living Home
Chokwang Jotun (CKJ) Penguins at the Ulsan site office volunteered to Assisted Living Home in September 2018 to improve the residential environment.
CKJ Coating Advisors and staff visit nursing homes on a regular basis. The staff of Ulsan visited DAVIDA senior care center prior to the Korean Thanksgiving holiday (Chuseok). We interacted with the residents, assisted with delivering meals, and cleaned the center to welcome the elderly's loved ones and friends during the coming Chuseok holiday.
Our Coating Advisors do CR volunteering work and foster teamwork over the weekend. The Jotun CR activities teach us respect for the elderly and how to care for the weak.
Thank you for participating in meaningful activities!
Jotun Ibérica has collaborated with a foundation helping youngsters with socially difficult backgrounds, and has donated paint for the maintenance of the ships of this organization in the Balearic islands.
Joves Navegants was founded in 1992 as a Sail Training Program for teenagers by a small group of people involved in the yachting business in Mallorca. However the turning point came in 2003 when JN received a very special gift of a 21.5mt sailing yacht called Galaxie. That same year they also became a registered charity. Since then more than 3000 youngsters have sailed on board the Galaxie, some of which have moved on to make a career for themselves within the Yachting Community.
The youngsters come from socially difficult backgrounds, some are in care, some have no family or are at risk of being socially excluded from society, mostly through no fault of their own. By giving them the opportunity to sail on board the Galaxie they learn the concept of working together as a team, strengthen social values and personal skills as well as adapting to different situations on board, all valuable assets in life.
Fight Against Covid
Jotun Thailand joins the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic by supporting the Thailand National Vaccination Program. Jotun Thailand has donated 300 light posts (equivalent to 450,000 THB) to the Central Vaccination Center at Bang Sue Grand Station, Bangkok.
This vaccination center had a capacity to vaccinate 15,000 people a day and was in operation for 3 months in the summer of 2021. The donation was a great opportunity to demonstrate our commitment as a responsible corporate citizen who cares for the well-being of the society.
It is critical and important to raise the awareness of practicing good hygiene and social distancing, ie. sanitising hands frequently, wear a face mask in public area and maintain safe social distancing in crowded places. Hand sanitisers were also distributed to vaccine receivers at the center.
Jotun Thailand is committed to fight this battle together and will continue to contribute to the society in any meaningful ways we can. Jotun Thailand believes we can ride this testing time out together with the citizens of Thailand and emerge to be stronger!
Stay safe, stay healthy!
Jotun Thailand initiated “Thailand Fighting” – Jotun Fights Covid activities to paint happiness with care by giving face masks, food to people, promoting social distancing and giving paint to the communities.
Starting from the internal, Jotun Thailand demonstrated the social responsibility in being a part to stop and prevent the spreading of Covid by supporting working from home, promoting social distancing, wearing face masks and special measures to keep all the staffs safe. For customers and social, leading by the management team, Jotun gave the face masks to the people via its dealer network throughout the country and food at the project sites.
On 22 June 2020, the team continued the activity in giving face masks, paint and food at Santisuk Foundation and the community in Klongtoey and Bangna area.
Jotun Thailand is not only developing the quality products to its users but also playing a part of painting happiness with care and will get through this difficult time!
Other projects in recent years
- Several donations to the shelter for homeless in Pethchaburi Province
- Blood donation among Jotun staff - an easy way to save lives and for our employees to really show that we care.
- Library for a remote school in the province of Burirum. In addition to building the library, Jotun painted the school, renovated
the students' rooms, donated stationery, books, book shelves, sports equipment, etc.
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Since 2013 Jotun Turkey Istinye head office employees gather for a charity lunch once a month. Volunteer employees bring the food they cook at home to serve their colleagues. Employees who attend the meal donate their lunch money into the "good deed jar". There has been 25 lunch events and the amount raised is around USD 2500.
The money is donated to poor families who are in need. So far 25 families have received money from the lunch donation, several of them being among Syrian refugees.
2020: Jotun Powder Coatings UAE participated in the 2nd Annual ’Joy of Giving’ campaign in celebration of Ramadan by recognising the dedication and hard work of external cleaning and maintenance personnel. These individuals help clean our offices, factory and the Penguin House, a shared accommodation for factory operators. By looking after quarantined areas and implementing more rigorous cleaning protocols, they have helped the company stay safe during the pandemic.
Renovating Al Mutawa Sharifa Al Omar school
2019: Jotun Paints Kuwait took the initiative and searched for local schools in Kuwait for special needs/handicapped students as part of its Kuwait CSR activity in 2019.
Al Mutawa Sharifa Al Omar school was chosen. It is a secondary school for girls in a local Kuwaiti city named Al Jahra, and it has classes for both special needs and non-special needs students. The work done was painting all handicapped students’ classrooms along with the art department where all students can do craft activities in addition to drawing and painting.
The job was done through one of our authorized dealers, Al Hadra United. The work started on September 23 and was finished on October 9, 2019.
The painting transformed the old place into a lively place full of spirit and life.
Watch our video presentation here
A Gift of Giving
2019: An annual Gift of Giving Ramadan event was hosted for 55 children at OliOli Children’s Play Museum in Al Quoz, by Jotun in partnership with Action Care and local charitable foundations and schools. Beneficiaries included children from Al Ihsan Charity in Ajman and Grade 4 students from the National Charity School in Dubai who were selected as part of their graduation celebrations.
Fourteen Jotun volunteers attended the event to assist the children. Following a briefing, volunteers and children teamed up to explore the STEAM-themed (Science, technology, engineering, arts and math) galleries which explored the elements of air and water, as well as galleries with building and engineering challenges and technology and augmented reality activities.
After an action-packed play session, children and volunteers gathered for a fun gift-giving time complete with fun riddles and prizes. Each child received back to school gifts including high-quality backpacks, stationery, lunchboxes and other school essentials.
Other projects in recent years
- Blood Donation Campaign: In coordination with the Blood Donation Centre; Jotun UAE employees were invited to participate on an indoor blood donation campaign. 64 employees participated and 47 units of blood were collected
- SNF Charity Bazaar: A Bazaar event was organized inside our Jotun premises where the special needs children displayed their own products for Jotun stuff who purchased lots of items as a gesture of supporting children with special needs on fund raising
- Dubai Autism Center - Paint Donation: Paint was donated to the new Dubai Autism Center and our Technical Representative visited the building to assess the requirements and supply needed paints to look good for children
- Al Noor Centre - 2 children educational sponsorship: Jotun has a long-term commitment towards Al Noor Center for special needs children by sponsoring partially 2 students education fees
Jotun UK donation provides facilities upgrade at local sports club
A £6000 donation from Jotun Paints (Europe) Ltd. to Friars Goose Watersports Club in Gateshead has enabled installation of a disabled toilet block making boating more accessible to a wider audience in the area.
Established in 1971 the club was built in place of one of the disused Tyne Shipyards and provides a fully functioning boat yard with slipway, mooring facilities, sailing opportunities, RYA approved training courses, fishing competitions and much more.
Supporting sailors and participation in the industry does not always need to mean sponsoring glamorous on water events. Land based facilities providing basic human needs at yacht clubs also need investment to make sure that the overall sailing experience is great for everyone. This is often overlooked.
Jotun Paints wants to encourage people to get involved in boating and to share our passion for being out enjoying the UK’s great inland and coastal waters.
Hanne Frank boat restoration
In 2014 Jotun USA donated paint and technical support for the restoration of the fishing boat Hanne Frank which is located at the Holocaust Museum in Houston.
The authentic fishing boat of the type used to ferry Jews and 700 others from small towns along the Danish coast to safety in Sweden under cover of darkness was located and donated to the Museum in 2007. It was transported from Denmark and officially installed as part of the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" in ceremonies on Jan. 20, 2008.
The boat has been intentionally placed next to the Museum’s Holocaust-era railcar, to help the Museum teach students and other visitors the continuing importance of each individual’s responsibility to act when confronted with injustice.
Jotun has been working with the Que Huong Charity Center since 2011. According to Jotun’s Hoang Thanh Hai (Human Resources), Jotun had searched for and visited various primary schools in Binh Duong Province before selecting the Center. “We agreed to donate paint and application cost to coat a three storey building in different cheerful colours,” he says. “Later, we raised money to purchase gifts to give to the children on special holidays, among other initiatives.”
Other projects in recent years – ONGOING
- Jotun provides paint and application cost support for the Que Huong Charity Center, a home to 350 orphan children in Binh Duong Province
- Jotun raises money every year to provide children in remote areas with learning support, studying tools or safety equipment, such as motorcycle helmets
- Jotun Vietnam personnel, their family members and friends participate in the annual Terry Fox Run, an event to raise money for cancer research
- Jotun provides paint and application cost support for the Que Huong Charity Center, a home to 350 orphan children in Binh Duong Province