On the 20th
March, during the morning, I had the privilege of having Alexandra, a student
at Escola Aurélia de Sousa, in Porto, as my "Right Hand”. This initiative by
Sonae Activshare in partnership with Junior Achievement Portugal (JAP) had the
participation of several of my colleagues at Sonae MC’s Executive Board and
over 60 volunteers from the whole Sonae Group (from North to South).
The idea is
to provide these 9th grade students with a special day: a glimpse of
the daily life in the labour world. These young men and women join us through
our day and our professional duties, from meetings to presentations or tasks to
be performed. This is a great way to introduce Sonae’s world to students, as
well as our culture and work ethics, as they realise the various work areas and
careers that exist in a group such as ours. For our teams, it is an excellent
example of community support and active listening of young people, promoting
the values of Sonae MC.
was stunned at the diversity within Sonae MC and loved the experience. In her
words, the school gained a new perspective for the future and she acquired
extra energy to make her way to a labour world as rich as ours.
mention for JAP, an important partner in several initiatives throughout the
last 11 years. Almost 20 thousand students involved in several initiatives and
11 thousand voluntary hours made available by Sonae and more than 1200
co-workers. One example is the programme "Economy for Success”, which I have
been presenting to a 9th grade class at Escola EB 2/3 of Guifões. It
comprises five sessions on self-knowledge, education options and lifestyle that
culminate in personal finance management. They are an audience that is
knowledge thirsty and very participant, with whom it is a pleasure to share
knowledge and expertise.
In the end,
I would like to ask everyone to give back to the communities we are a part of.
Our knowledge, our lives and we, ourselves, can help others at personal or
professional level. Sonae MC’s values also include this contribution from all
of us. We have Missão Continente and Sonae Activshare to help us do it. All we
have to do is apply. I can tell you it’s worth it.
Ferreira Alves, Executive Board Member of SONAE MC