Gemalto Beijing supports children from Sun Village
Sun Village is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Beijing, China whose mission is to aid the children of long-term prisoners. To attract sustainable donations, it encourages individuals and companies to sponsor its vegetable and fruit farms. This raises funds to grow food and at the same time supports the children's development. By growing their own food, they learn a sense of responsibility and independence and also understand the value of work.
Gemalto had sponsored 60 grape vines through our Your World community program. When crops produce a surplus, sponsors are invited to help in harvesting them. So in August 2015, 25 employee volunteers visited the village, attended a dance performance, had lunch with children – and harvested some grapes.
"It was really a very meaningful event. The enjoyment of dancing, playing and eating with the little children will stay deeply in our hearts", concluded Fion, an employee participating in the event.
Gemalto Curitiba helps children with special need
Huge efforts turned into rewarding moments when 26 employees from Gemalto Curitiba, Brazil spent part of their weekend making improvements to the facilities of APAE, a local organization that looks after children with special needs. Among the activities were painting the facilities and gates, and constructing a wall.
"The volunteering event is a great opportunity to help those in need. We combined our knowledge, expertise and abilities in the name of solidarity. Anybody who joins in and experiences the feeling of improving other people's lives will certainly participate again. Though the activity only lasted a day, the results will brighten the days of many children for a long time," said Jonathan, HR Assistant.
"Doing something for others was great, and even more so when our work helped APAE. This was the first time that I joined Gemalto in this kind of activity and from now on I will always participate!" said Elaine, Production Operator.
Coop Bank Denmark first to deploy Gemalto’s unique bio-sourced contactless EMV cards
Since March 2015 Coop Bank Denmark is deploying Gemalto’s unique bio-sourced Optelio Contactless EMV cards. This represents the first commercial rollout of its kind, further strengthening Coop Bank’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The cards are manufactured from a unique, corn-based PLA1 material that is biodegradable while retaining the potential for creative, high quality artwork solutions.
The innovative combination of bio-sourced technology and contactless EMV has been approved by the major international payment associations. In the summer of 2015 the card will also incorporate the national payment scheme, Dankort. Under the multi-year agreement, Gemalto is providing the bank with comprehensive artwork, production and fulfilment services.
“Having already deployed the first ever bio-sourced EMV cards from Gemalto’s Optelio range, it is a natural step for Coop Bank to also launch the first dual interface version of the product. We hope this will set a new global environmental standard for the banking industry,” said Charlotte Skovgaard, Managing Director for Coop Bank Denmark.
(1) Made from polylactic acid (PLA), a plastic substitute that is non-petroleum based, biodegradable, recyclable and is also non-toxic if incinerated.
Improving maternal and child health and nutrition in Africa
In July 2014 we announced our support for the GSMA* pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI),which aims to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. As one of the leading partners in this ambitious undertaking,we’re contributing digital security expertise to help reach over 15 million pregnant women and mothers with children. Gemalto is helping to deliver mHealth and nutrition services through its advanced SmartMessage interactive messaging solution, helping to simplify the complex relationships between patients and health stakeholders.
* The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators spanning more than 220 countries worldwide.
Your World, Gemalto's community program, supporting the construction of a reservoir wall to protect water from pollution
In May 2014, fifteen Gemalto employees from India did voluntary work at Soda village in a remote area of Rajastan.
Water is said to be source of life. Throughout the year, the villagers in Soda receive water for their daily use like drinking, cooking and bathing from a single source - a nearby lake. Unfortunately, during the rainy season, flood water from the lake reaches a closed crematory and becomes dangerously polluted. To avoid this and improve their lives, villagers have started building a wall around the lake.
As a voluntary activity through the Your World program, our fifteen employees each contributed a day's work in helping to build the wall. They started by learning the needs and challenges of the project. Later on, they built approximately 10 meters of the wall, hoping this small act would help the villagers take another step towards their goal of having unpolluted water.
The volunteer activity was organized in coordination with the elected head of the village, who has also received several awards for her contribution to rural development.
Carbon offset service
From trams in Toulouse , France
In 2013, Tisséo, a public transport operator in Toulouse (France), signed up to our carbon offset service when they chose our contactless ticket cards.In doing so, they paid one additional cent per card to ‘CO2 Solidaire’.
…to kitchens in Cambodia
Our partner supports projects that aim to improve people’s living conditions while reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). In Tisséo’s case, they help fund the distribution in Cambodia of cooking stoves using 20% less wood.
Reducing CO2 emissions, increasing health
In many developing countries, people use inefficient stoves for cooking and heating, thus polluting their homes. As a result many women and children suffer from respiratory diseases. By using less wood, deforestation can be reduced, CO2 emissions lowered, and hard work alleviated. And by reducing toxic fumes, domestic health can be improved.
High-speed, low-energy contactless technology
In 2013, one of our leading R&D engineers, Jean-Paul Caruana, received a prize from the French National Research Agency for his ‘F@CIL’ project. The innovation enables high-speed, low-energy interactions in the fast-growing field of contactless transactions between smart cards and readers, with applications in, for example, payment, transport and ePassports.
As a result, six patents were applied for with a view to deploying the technology worldwide..