Vivo Energy Tunisia wants to make a real and lasting difference to the communities in which we operate. Our community investment programmes matter to us because we employ local people and serve local businesses and individuals. We want to create lasting social and economic benefits for these communities and engage with them to earn their respect and trust.
Vivo Energy Tunisia attaches great importance to responsible corporate citizenship and we are aware of the expectations that this raises. We therefore develop and implement, either independently or with like-minded partners, relevant community investment initiatives and programmes. We have chosen to focus on three key areas of community investment. These are road safety, education and the environment. Below are some recent examples of our work in these areas.
‘Road safety is the responsibility of all of us’
This is a road safety awareness programme aimed at road users and children. The programme includes the widespread distribution of booklets in a variety of locations such as highway payment parks and Shell service stations. It includes a media campaign, which offers advice and provides relevant information about road safety.
This programme prepares children to be safe road users. The programme started off as a partnership between Vivo Energy Tunisia, Shell Tunisia offshore and a local NGO, with a pilot phase that reached 24 primary schools across Tunisia. The pilot phase, called Ana wattarik or ‘The road and me’, included a series of courses, games and simulations facilitated by volunteer teachers at various road safety clubs.
The programme focuses on educating children about safe road use in three main areas – as pedestrians, in the car with their parents and on bicycles. It also encourages them to influence their parents to adopt better behaviour on the road.
The second phase of the programme, ‘My road safety’ covers 101 schools across Tunisia. The programme has been revised taking into account the findings of the pilot programme, and includes an updated education kit. This second phase is the result of a fruitful partnership between Vivo Energy Tunisia and the Ministry of Education, with the project team expanded to include an education inspector and teaching consultant, as well as Vivo Energy Tunisia’s road transport team. The ultimate objective is to influence the ministry to incorporate a road safety module into the national education curriculum.
Through a partnership with Injaz Tunisia, Vivo Energy prepares young people to participate in the economic world. About 10 Vivo Energy Tunisia volunteers deliver Injaz programmes to schools, universities and professional training centres, sharing their professional experience and expertise, stimulating creativity and encouraging young people to have initiative.
Most of Vivo Energy Tunisia’s executives volunteered at Ecole Nationale des Ingénieurs de Tunis (ENIT), the most important engineering school in Tunisia, with the ‘company programme’ module of the students’ curriculum. The company programme involves educating young people, over a period of 12 sessions, to create a company from the ground up, idea to realisation, through the study of the project, business plans, and sales and marketing strategies. Vivo Energy has been a member of Injaz Tunisia’s board since its foundation.
Vivo Energy Tunisia wishes to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of Tunisian entrepreneurs, encouraging self-employment and contributing to better employment opportunities for young graduates.
Vivo Energy Tunisia is a partner of the ‘Entrepreneurship Tent’ or ‘El Hall Momken’ of Institut Arabe des Chefs d’Entreprises (IACE). The project involves visiting more than 40 cities in Tunisia throughout 2013, assisting young entrepreneurs who face barriers in their projects and advising and guiding them in solving their problems, such as administrative obstacles or legal difficulties.