With a presence in nearly every continent in the world, we are
proud to show how we have helped our local communities.
If you want to find out how Bata volunteers are making a
difference in your region check out the stories below.
BCP Malaysia Nudges Indigenous Children Back to School
The BCP team is collaborating to offer Saturday morning tuition to young children, with the goal of preparing them for integration in state school. Only 30 percent of 100 school-age children in the Kampung Sungai Rasau village go to school.
Three BCP volunteers are part of a team of teachers offering English and math lessons to around 30 youngsters.
To encourage the children and engage their families, BCP Malaysia will reward with a pair of Bata shoes those who attend 12 classes and make presentations on what they learned to their teachers and parents. BCP has also donated textbooks, school supplies, a white board and healthy snacks.
BCP volunteers will join teachers in monthly visits to households with very poor attendance to better understand the factors – such as caretaking of elderly relatives – keeping the children from coming to Saturday classes. With the support of the village head, they will work toward a solution.
During a visit on May 13, some BCP volunteers assisted the teacher while others prepared lunch.
“Early childhood education is an investment in the future of the country, but also in the improvement of complex social issues,” commented BCP coordinator Wilsen Isuwaran.
BCP Thailand Honors Volunteers After a Successful Year
Jan. 19 was designated as Volunteer Day at the company. The BCP committee held its first meeting of the year at the head office in Bangkok, and they recapped each of the six activities carried out in 2016 and their results. It was a fruitful year for the volunteers, who initiated new activities, such as tree planting, and saw for themselves the potential of BCP in the country.
At the end of the meeting, the gathered group had a surprise visit from Olabe. He gave them words of encouragement and said he appreciated the energy and hard work they put into volunteering. He presented each committee member with a certificate to recognize their heartfelt efforts toward the growth of the program.
The day was also an opportunity to welcome two new committee members: designer Vijittra Vi and Thanawat Wongkongpat, a new hire in the human resources department. They promise to be energetic and helpful BCP volunteers.
“I actually love to join in company activities, and this is a good opportunity to be a part of the BCP team. I will do my best,” Vi said.
The BCP team is looking forward to building on their past successes and continuing to explore opportunities to contribute through the program.
Bata School Shoes Promote Organ-Donor Awareness in Australia
In the first activity, BCP Australia has been supporting the Brighter Future 4 Kids foundation, a charity helping less-fortunate children, by participating in the “Shoes and Socks 4 Kids” program, which ensures that all poor children have appropriate school shoes and socks.
For every pair of Bata “Brighter” school joggers it sells, BCP Australia donates 2 Australian dollars to the foundation. Every Bata Brighter shoe includes a tag with a brief explanation of the Brighter Future 4 Kids foundation. The money raised is then spent on school shoes for the less fortunate, shoes that Bata supplies at a low cost, so that they are able to support more children in need.
In its second activity, BCP Australia has also continued to support the Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, which it began to assist 10 years ago. This foundation was set up by the parents of Zaidee Turner, a young girl who died of a brain aneurysm aged seven, and became the youngest person in Australia to donate her organs. Through doing this, she helped improve the lives of seven people, including six children.
Since February 2006, the foundation has been selling Zaidee’s Rainbow shoelaces nationally for organ and tissue donation and transplant awareness. Zaidee’s Rainbow shoelaces are the foundation’s national symbol, and the aim of the foundation and of the Turner family is to make Zaidee’s Rainbow shoelaces become the national symbol for organ and tissue awareness.
As part of Bata Australia’s ongoing support for the Zaidee Foundation, they have named a trademark school shoe with rainbow laces in her honor, and continue to donate 2 Australian dollars per shoe sold during the Back to School period. To date, BCP Australia has donated more than 70,000 Australian dollars to the foundation.
Jon Moore, national sales manager for Bata Australia and BCP volunteer, explained: “In 2005, I was watching an evening show on which Zaidee’s father Allan appeared, asking for assistance to source rainbow shoelaces, as his daughter used to love them and had had them in most shoes.
“Touched by the sad story, and with the agreement of the Zaidee Foundation, we have named a school shoe after Zaidee, and as a company then contribute 2 Australian dollars per pair from the proceeds of sales.”
Used Bata Safety Gumboots Giving Life to Children’s Playgrounds in New Zealand
As one of the few remaining footwear manufacturers in the country, Bata New Zealand believes that it is important to give back where possible, to take care of the environment and to take pride in everything that it does.
Since 2012, Bata New Zealand has been participating in a gumboot-recycling program together with NZ Safety. The program consists of sending old gumboots to Matta, a company that recycles the gumboots and that produces specialist non-slip, safety mats for use in a variety of situations such as playgrounds, swimming pools and workplaces.
Around three tons of old and used Bata gumboots are collected from factories all across New Zealand yearly. In this way, instead of finishing on a rubbish heap, the gumboots are given a second life as yoga mats, flooring for children’s activity playgrounds or for industrial, manufacturing and commercial purposes.
Nicole Voillat, Group sustainability director, commented: “Global solid waste generation will increase to more than 6 million tons per day by 2025, at a global cost of 375 billion US dollars, with the sharpest cost increases in developing countries. Recycling waste in creative ways is transforming a burdensome challenge and huge societal and environmental cost into a profitable opportunity.”
Bata New Zealand Helping Make Lives in Local Community Better
One long-standing activity where the company has been providing support, is helping the New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Association (NZRDA). The NZRDA is a charitable organization that gives anyone with a disability the opportunity to engage in therapeutic horse riding and horse-related activities in a safe and healthy way. The project is based in Upper Hutt in Wellington, and every year, Bata New Zealand provides gumboots for the use of volunteers and ground staff.
Another area in which Bata New Zealand has helped during 2016, is with the Owhiro Bay community garden, a local venture based in the same suburb as the Bata factory. The center offers work experience and youth programmes, and provides fruit and vegetables to the Wellington soup kitchen. Bata offers free gumboots to volunteers, helping them to work in greater comfort.
In a new activity for 2016, the company also donated 1,000 New Zealand dollars to the Police Managers Guild Trust, a community-based crime prevention scheme. The scheme provides education to citizens, helping them to avoid becoming victims of crime, and also offers financial assistance to those who have already been targeted.
Finally, the company also made its annual donation to the Wellington Special Children’s Christmas Party. Run by Sky TV and NZ Media and Entertainment, the party is held for disabled and intellectually handicapped children. Each year Bata New Zealand offers 500 New Zealand dollars in financial support to help cover the costs of the event, making it even more special for the young guests.
Francis Hammond, key account and special tasks manager for Bata New Zealand, commented: “With our factory and offices being located in the heart of a small community on the south coast of Wellington, we feel a deep connection to small communities around the country. As one of the few remaining footwear manufacturers in New Zealand, we also feel that it is extremely important to give back where we can, to take care of our environment and to take pride in everything that we do.”
Whole BCP Thailand Team Works to Repair School
The school, Baan Pak Klong Chuad Yai, is a 20-minute drive from Bata Thailand’s head office in Bangkok. One elderly janitor struggles to keep up the school, which is attended by 155 students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The school has very limited resources, and the children come from families without the means to provide for their basic needs.
The various repairs and upgrades the BCP team made to the school meant a concrete improvement for the students.
Volunteers were divided into four groups. One worked on gardening, one on painting the playground, and one on improvements to the library and first aid room. The final group rolled up their sleeves to cook lunch for all the children and volunteers. The fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students worked alongside the volunteers, speeding up the work and making it an enjoyable shared experience.
BCP Thailand also helped the school with a wide-ranging donation. Each youngster received a pair of school shoes and two pairs of socks, and the janitor and seven teachers each received a pair of Power athletic shoes. Other necessities, including 100 school bags, were included.
BCP has committed to follow up with the school with more future activities.
Volunteer Phanita Narongchai commented, “I have joined this activity every year. Seeing children with big smiles is my happiness, and this program also creates unity among us.”
60 BCP Volunteers Provide “Education in the Park”
The BCP committee was unanimous about continuing the program’s support of a school, Baan Klong Kra Shang Toey, which BCP renovated last year.
The activity, dubbed Education in the Park, was attended by 34 children in the lush greenery of Suk Jai Park, a peaceful oasis just outside the city of Bangkok. The park originated with the owner’s donation of the land to the local community.
The activity began with BCP volunteers teaching the children about various species of trees and plants. They then organized a drawing competition on the theme of “My Dream Garden.”
After the group shared lunch together, the four winners of the competition, one from each grade, were awarded coloring books and large sets of colored pencils. They were invited to explain their artistic creations in front of everyone. For their efforts, the rest of the children received small stationary sets.
“After spending time walking around nature together with the children, this peaceful place made me feel much happiness and mental calm,” BCP volunteer Nipathorn Poonkhen reflected afterward. “Moreover, the drawing talent of the children also surprised me with those amazing pictures they did in a short timespan. I hope we will continue good activities like this in the future.”
Bata Singapore Kick Starts Back to School with “My Schoolbag” Event
CapitaLand Mall Asia has been holding this event every year since 2009, when it provided aid for 200 underprivileged children whose families had been adversely affected by the economic downturn. And Bata Singapore has been its official key school shoes partner from the beginning.
This year the event was held on Nov. 3 at the Raffles City Convention Centre. A ballroom in the Swissotel was transformed into a pretend department store offering school products such as textbooks, stationery, school uniforms and, of course, Bata school shoes. Under the guidance of staff volunteers, schoolchildren "bought" school and daily necessities using vouchers.
The children were also entertained with activities and games in the atrium area.
Pierluigi Pontecorvo, country manager of Bata Singapore, commented, “We are very humbled to be the long-standing partner of choice of CapitaLand’s My School Bag event since 2009. This confirms our position as the ‘King of School Shoes’ in Singapore, and we are very excited to be able to do our part for underprivileged schoolchildren in Singapore.”
Bata Singapore also supported this cause with special deals for the beneficiaries, such as a special discount off second pairs and special prices for shoe care items and socks. The children who did not make it to the event to collect their goodie bags can still visit any Bata store through March to redeem their vouchers for school shoes.