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When the employee volunteering efforts of our Indonesian operations involved less than 10 per cent of its workforce, senior management questioned staff's commitment to the community. They pledged to increase the number of employee volunteers, as well as to integrate employee volunteering with our other programmes and set a target that 70 per cent of staff in Indonesia would spend one day on voluntary activities this year, while 30 per cent would take two days. At the end of 2009, our 1,300 staff in Indonesia spent 888 days volunteering.

The Corporate Affairs team in Indonesia clearly has ownership of employee volunteering, and a Jakarta-based manager works with our non-governmental organisations to make sure that each volunteering opportunity works in tandem with our other community commitments. For example, we partner with the Indonesia Ophthalmologists Association for our Seeing is Believing programme, and our local staff volunteer to participate in the distribution of glasses, comforting individuals preparing for cataract operations or just performing administrative functions and other activities to help our cause.

The Corporate Affairs team in Indonesia is very positive about employee volunteering because they believe it has other, unplanned, external impacts such as differentiating our brand from other local operators, generating significant media attention and engaging government stakeholders. Between 30 - 40 per cent of all staff in Indonesia had taken at least one Employee Volunteering day by September.

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Annual Report and Accounts 2009