This is How we do, Persist, and Maintain Social Responsibility

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Written by Isidora Matovic

This is How we do, Persist, and Maintain Social Responsibility

We take pride in being one of the companies interested in broader social issues rather than those that impact our profit margins. An essential component of our work is becoming active in our community.

Being a socially responsible organization is helping us make a change in our local community (and globally) and raise awareness. We also noticed that it boosts our employee morale, making them more productive and motivated to advance in their work areas. In addition, we do our best to encourage our people to achieve good through social responsibility by using company resources.

Coinis is increasingly focusing on social responsibility, advocating women’s rights, protecting the environment, humanitarian actions, mental and physical health, etc. We’ll briefly present them.

Mental Health Day

Supporting mental health awareness is no longer an option; it is necessary. It’s no surprise that work-related stressors can harm one’s mental health.

Our employees have the possibility of taking a paid ‘mental health day.’ They can take a day off from work to do something nice for their mental health and well-being to prevent their mental health from degrading.

What is a mental health day, exactly?

Employees may require a mental health day to relieve stress levels that have accumulated, causing physical effects such as anxiety or difficulty sleeping, or if they may be struggling to manage their emotions or stress levels.

Taking a “mental health day” does not mean ignoring responsibilities and tasks at work or abdicating responsibility; it’s about taking charge and being proactive in reducing the risks of physical illness caused by dealing with mental illness struggles and rising stress levels.

Additionally, allowing employees to take mental health days aims to minimize absences. For instance, when people show up to work when they aren’t essentially able to work efficiently and adequately.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) study, anxiety and depressive conditions cost over a trillion dollars in decreased productivity every year.

(Naveen R. Mental health in the workplace: World Mental Health Day 2017. Indian J Occup Environ Med. 2017;21(3):99-100. doi:10.41032Fijoem.IJOEM_148_17)
HR doing workshops with coinis team for mental health day

Women Empowerment

Female empowerment is a universal good that’s one of the keys essential to the health and social development of families, communities, and countries. Coinis is committed to always giving its best effort to ensure that all women feel safe, respected, and supported in the workplace. Providing equal pay for both sexes, preventing gender-based harassment and abuse, promoting a balance between family and private life, and protecting health are essential for us.

Women in the company have the same opportunities as men to advance, perform at a higher level and earn bonuses, take on more responsibility, and lead. All promotions in the company are based on the evaluation of business results, not on a preference for men over women or vice versa. In short, equal pay and working conditions for all are imperative.

Women empowerment in Coinis as part of social responsibility

As mentioned, here at Coinis, we cherish our employees’ health. That includes mental health days, private health insurance, healthy meals, free psychological help, and incentives to engage in physical activities. In addition, we have two more benefits only available to women. First, menstrual hygiene products are always available in women’s restrooms. Second, if necessary, women can contact the HR department and request working from home at the expense of painful menstrual cycles. We hope to reduce stress and enable people to prioritize their health and body care.

Related to this, we’ve implemented policies to help employees balance work and family life. Likewise, we understand that parents need time to care for their children’s physical and mental health and their normal development. So we’ve enabled them to take work days off. That goes for both male and female parents. Family first!

Educational Program of Electrical Engineering

We participated in the practical education project for the Educational Program of Electrical Engineering for web and mobile applications in Podgorica as part of ICT Cortex. In this way, we hoped to start contributing to students’ inclusion in the IT labor force.

ICT Cortex and Coinis powering up education in the IT Industry. Social responsibility

Jovan is one of the high school students who, after completing the course, got the opportunity to work for Coinis. We are delighted that young people are interested in this type of education we provide. We strive to give young people opportunities and a chance to be a part of Montenegro’s rapidly growing IT industry.

The student organization EESTEC LC Podgorica, and the Union of Employers of Montenegro, organized a fair for student jobs and internships. So, Coinis was a golden sponsor and a participant of the “JOB FAIR” organized last week in Podgorica. Of course, this job fair was a fantastic opportunity for young people to find a job or practice. But it was also a place to exchange ideas and information in our industry.

Coinis Podgorica Running League and Coinis no Limits Triathlon

We are all aware that living a healthy lifestyle is essential for our overall health and well-being. But sometimes it’s not easy to make changes to our habits, mainly if we’ve been used to living a certain way for a long time.

That’s why raising awareness about healthy lifestyles is so important. It helps employees and the community understand that health is often taken for granted. Our company has committed to raising awareness about the importance of healthy habits to combat that. We want our employees and the community to understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. And we are here to support them in making good decisions.

A Project of the Triathlon Club Podgorica aimed to promote health, sports, and recreation, through which our employees spent time together running in nature. The health of our employees matters to us, and we are enthusiastic about any physical activity that they choose!

Coinis running a marathon in Coinis Run League on Gorica hill

Here at Coinis, we believe our responsibility is to support sporting events and our employees by guiding them to new and fulfilling opportunities. We have always shown a particular commitment to any sport our employees enjoy, and we see a way to have a broader impact on our community through it. We know that by participating in events like this, we can make significant contributions to raising awareness about the importance of sport in Montenegro.

That was our main motivation for Coinis to become a general sponsor of the “No Limits Triathlon.” Some of our employees were the participants – our colleague Tin completed the triathlon, and the Coinis team won 3rd place in the relay – Nikola, Omar, and Ilija. We can’t help but mention Anđela, Neda, and Darko, who ran a half marathon for the first time! We could not be more proud! 

Coinis team participating in Coinis NoLimits Triathlon

“Čini Dobro” Foundation

“Čini dobro” is a non-profit association that has brought together numerous Montenegrin companies known for their socially responsible business. We all do good and implement initiatives that will have a long-term positive impact on the entire community, guided by philanthropic goals and community-oriented.

Moreover, we invest in healthy and progressive ideas to empower young people, create educational opportunities for them, and contribute to Montenegrin society’s digitalization.

Recentluy, Coinis donated 11 fully functional desktop computers to students of the Electrical engineering high school in Nikšić. This donation is part of the ICT Cortex, the foundation “Čini dobro,” and our contribution to enhancing students’ work and performance.

We always participate in various charity initiatives. It is one of the best ways to express our love for humanity. It’s an act of altruism, which we do for the common good. There are numerous opportunities to give back to the community. We can volunteer our time, donate money, or raise awareness for a cause we’re passionate about. Whatever form it takes, charity is always worth doing. It’s a selfless act that benefits both the giver and the receiver. When we give, we receive the satisfaction of knowing we’ve made a difference in someone’s life.

Voluntary Blood Donation

Donating blood is a noble act that fulfills the donor’s desire to help another human being. It is a humanitarian act and one of the most effective ways to demonstrate compassion for our living beings.

Coinis participates in voluntary blood donation events as part of ICT Cortex. According to the American Red Cross, donating one unit of blood can save up to three lives. Therefore Coinis believes this is an excellent way to act as an example of social responsibility and do good.

Voluntary donors are considered the safest donors. they are driven by altruism, a desire to help others, and a feeling of moral responsibility or social conscience.

Coinis Employee donating blood, social responsibility

Recycling Activities

This year, Coinis has made a small contribution to environmental protection through recycling. We value sustainability and want to contribute to a better future for our planet.

We know recycling is important because it helps reduce the waste sent to landfills, where toxic chemicals are discharged into the environment. It also conserves resources – recycling materials can reduce the need to extract new raw materials from the earth. We are committed to recycling as much as possible in our company and encourage our employees to do the same at home. We can all make a big difference if everybody makes the slightest effort!

As a result, we now have sorting bags on our premises for our employees to take to recycling centers. This is an excellent way for us to contribute to the real battle for ecological sustainability.

One of our primary goals is to establish our environmental commitment, provide clear standards for a workforce to follow, and assess our performance in reducing waste.

According to a Planet Ark survey, 80% of employees believe having recycling facilities makes them feel like they work for an ethical company.

Each tonne of recycled office paper saves:

  • 0.67 tonnes of Carbon dioxide emissions (the equivalent of driving a car 3,243 km)
  • 731 kWh of electricity (which could power 1.5 houses for one month)
  • 0.37 kL (about 2 bathtubs)
  •   Waste weighing 0.96 tonnes
Coinis is actively Recycling

We feel proud when turning back and seeing all the positive things our actions created for our society since we started – every small step we took matters. Also, we plan to continue the community-oriented work with equal enthusiasm in the future, and we hope to make the list of our contributions longer with time.

We Invite YOU to Join Us

Being involved in all these activities motivates us to bring everything to an even higher level and invite all companies to follow these standards. With this, not only are we becoming stronger, we are giving back to the people and making the world a better place. But honestly – a better place.

Isidora Matovic

Isidora Matovic

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