A group of employees at "s'Häferl" in Vienna after the Corporate Volunteering event.
©Achim Bieniek

Sponsoring is an integral part of the corporate culture of the Casinos Austria & Austrian Lotteries Group.

For us, it is a matter of course to be active in Austria for Austria and to sustainably support institutions and projects that benefit people.The commitment of the Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries Group goes far beyond purely financial support for numerous initiatives: as part of the corporate volunteering programme, employees can become active themselves. The Casinos Austria & Austrian Lotteries Group makes up to five working days per year available to all employees for social commitment.

Helping hands are needed

This is an opportunity to get personally involved in important causes, to get socially engaged and to contribute to environmental protection and nature conservation. Organisations in Austria's social environment often need helping hands to lend a hand in order to realise a project.  

Since 2013, more than 700 employees have taken advantage of this offer and worked for organisations such as Caritas, Hilfswerk, Lebenshilfe, Wiener Tafel and the Austrian Red Cross.

Valuable experience and skills are gained through volunteer work and commitment. The programme is thus an important component of the corporate group's sustainability strategy and a sign of its responsibility towards society and the environment.

Six people show their bandaged forearm after donating blood together.
©Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz (ÖRK) / Holly Kellner

Donating blood saves lives

Whether after an accident, during childbirth or for patients with a serious illness - in Austria a blood unit is needed every 90 seconds. Blood is an important emergency medication and cannot be produced artificially. Especially in the summer months, there are unfortunately shortages year after year that endanger the supply.

In keeping with the motto "Living Responsibility Together.", our employees can easily make a contribution: on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day on 14 June, a call was made to donate blood as part of the Corporate Volunteering Programme. This means that the time spent is counted as paid working time.

The spectrum of possible activities within the framework of the corporate volunteering programme is as broad as the areas of responsibility of the aid organisations. Projects of Caritas and the "e-Motion Lichtblickhof Kinderhospiz" as well as collection campaigns of the "Wiener Tafel" association have already found active help in the past. With the inclusion of blood donation in the programme, this is now one more way to provide a helping hand in the truest sense of the word.