We at SMT talk a lot about sustainability as do (hopefully) many other companies. For us, sustainability means being a responsible employer that takes care of its personnel regardless of their age, gender or background. Of course, this is something that many companies say. However, we show it through our actions. We offer training, opportunities for professional development and ways to deal with the changing customer needs to absolutely everyone. We invite everyone to participate in sports activities and health initiatives. No one is left alone.
Since we have been able to take quite good care of our own personnel and their well-being, we set out to think about what we could do for others. We chose HelsinkiMissio as one of our partners for doing good because we mostly have the same agenda: combatting loneliness.
We, therefore, developed a partnership model with them: our personnel can choose to do charity work as telephone volunteers during their paid working hours. The interactions are also very inspiring for our volunteers, which makes this a win-win arrangement.
SMT chose this model over direct monetary donations because it is more meaningful for our personnel and supports our own agenda as well. At best, doing good as part of the business generates true added value for the company and its personnel instead of feeling disconnected and contrived.
I am very passionate about the topic myself and I will gladly discuss it with anyone who cares to listen. And maybe a little bit with the people who would rather not listen… Sorry, not sorry!
Many companies are interested in doing good, but they cannot really think of anything other than monetary donations. Interest towards sustainability and charity work is on the rise, but there is a lack of ideas on how to implement them in a stylish way that suits the company.
In addition, many believe that you are not supposed to tell anyone about your good deeds. Even if a company donates millions to charity, it does not make it public because it wants to avoid bragging. However, the more companies talk about the ways and models in which they do good, the more they will encourage others to try out new things. This way, we can come up with great ways for companies to participate in charity work and collect more money. #shoutout
Well, that’s the basic idea. At SMT, I run the Meetings & Events business where we help our customers organise parties, celebrations, events, seminars and just about everything. Building an entire event around charity is a large investment. This is why our team has been thinking about smaller-scale things for doing good that can be integrated into any type of event. How about choosing a band from the Resonaari band school to perform alone or with the main star of the event? There is a proper compensation for the performance, which helps support Resonaari’s operations. That’s where the punk rock sensation Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät came from. Or, when choosing a speaker for an event, we can invite someone who will donate their speaking fee to charity. If you really think about it, the options are endless. The most important thing is to find something that suits your company’s values, and we can help you with that.
We love matching companies with the right people. First, we start with something small at a company event. At best, this can result in a deep, long-term partnership between the company and a charitable organisation. We are incredibly fortunate to get paid to do something as great as this. Let’s do good things together!
Director, Meetings and Events