Valmet promotes equal opportunities for children’s well-being

Nov 20, 2023

World Children’s Day is celebrated on the 20th of November each year, marking the historic adoption of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The day promotes international togetherness among children, and reminds individuals, decision-makers, and businesses about the importance of improving children's welfare.

Children drinking from colorful cups

Access to clean drinking water is the most basic need for health and well-being.

At Valmet, we believe that every child deserves a fair chance in life. On World Children's Day, we would like to highlight our global social responsibility program, that has promoted equal opportunities for wellbeing – especially for children – through several local projects this year. The projects were chosen through employee voting. 

Promoting children’s well-being and possibility to learning in Thailand 

In Asia Pacific, Valmet cooperated with The Mirror Foundation to help three rural schools in Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai province to have better learning and living conditions. The project focused on organizing clean water by installing water purifiers and improving toilet and shower facilities for safe sanitation and handwashing. In addition, learning possibilities were enhanced by repairing a deteriorated library at one of the schools. 

“The East Asia Pacific region is home for more than one-quarter of the world´s children and many countries in the area are facing education challenges affecting millions of children. It is important for us as a global company to enhance children´s wellbeing and possibility to learning and show our responsibility towards local communities around the world,” Petri Paukkunen, Area President, Asia-Pacific, says. 

The renovation work was finalized in the spring, and the project’s completion was celebrated together with the children in a special ceremony. 

Through the social responsibility project Valmet supported three schools, Pha Khwang Wittaya, Thung Luang school and Mae Yao Wittaya school that host around 900 students altogether. After installing new water purifiers to all schools, the children have access to clean drinking water.

Improving social inclusion of children in Poland 

In the EMEA area, Valmet supports Dąbrówka Orphanage located close to Valmet's office in Jelenia Góra, Poland. The orphanage has been operating since 1961 with the aim to educate and meet the necessary living, development, social, health and religious needs for the children living there. Currently, it provides a home for 42 children. 

The orphanage finds it important to provide the children with a family-like and caring environment including the possibility to go to school, get the necessary health care and participate in free-time activities such as sports organized in the city. To support these targets, Valmet’s donation was used for purchasing a new vehicle to the orphanage.   

“For many of us, a car is just a means of transportation, but for Dąbrówka orphanage it makes a big difference. Among other things, it improves the children’s possibility to participate in sports and other leisure activities – something that further improves the social inclusion and well-being of the children,” Laura-Maria Saarinen, Director, Marketing and Communications, EMEA, says. 

The new vehicle improves the social inclusion and well-being of the children, as they get better opportunities to participate in sports and other activities in the nearby city. 

Making wishes come true for children with critical illnesses in North America 

In North America, Valmet supports Make-A-Wish® Foundation, an organization that has been granting life-changing wishes for children diagnosed with critical illnesses for over 40 years. With Valmet’s donation, more and more children in the USA, Canada and Mexico will receive their life-changing wish. 

The Make-A-Wish® foundation’s work builds on the thought that a wish can be the spark that helps children with critical illness believe that anything is possible. It gives children and their families hope, and the strength to fight harder against their illnesses. 

“We are honored to give back to such a truly wonderful organization, knowing that our support of Make-A-Wish will be making a difference in the lives of children who need it the most,” says Jukka Tiitinen, Area President, Valmet North America. 

When only four years old, a little boy named Keegan received a devastating cancer diagnosis that turned life as he knew it upside down. After entering remission, he was finally ready to pursue his goal of becoming a hockey player again. He was granted his wish by being surprised with a backyard ice skating rink. 

You can learn more about Valmet's global social responsibility program here.

To celebrate World Children's Day on November 20, 2023, we also prepared a video to share the highlights of the local projects in our social responsibility program, that improve children's well-being around the world. Enjoy!


Valmet's global social responsibility program

Valmet has expanded its global social responsibility program initiated in 2020 with new area-specific local projects around the world.

Valmet’s social responsibility program is part of the company’s sustainability agenda implementation. The program is based on three themes promoting science, nature and equal opportunities: ‘​Towards the future with science’, ‘Protecting the planet for next generations’​ and ‘Equal opportunities for wellbeing’​.

Based on these themes, several local projects in Valmet’s operating areas around the world have been selected to the program. Valmet’s local personnel has participated in the planning and preparation of the projects, and the final selection has been made by employee voting.


Related articles