Corporate Social Responsibility
SOS Children’s Villages
In 2014 NMHH extended its pursuits in child protection with the addition of a special target group when, in cooperation with the Hungarian foundation of SOS Children’s Villages International, it launched its corporate social responsibility programme.
As part of the collaboration, NMHH organizes visits to the Children’s Villages and youth centres, offering playful activities and games facilitating the discovery of the possibilities and the potential risks of the Internet to children aged 6 to 18 and young adults aged 18 and above, who live in the Villages without their biological families, have lower-than-average self-confidence and are thus more vulnerable in the digital world.
At these all-day events, NMHH professionals share their expertise and topical knowledge with the disadvantaged children, equipping them with the means for resisting the media’s various manipulation techniques and taking with a pinch of salt any information gleaned from the media, while also teaching them about the main communication technologies. To that end, we organise visits at Children’s Villages and youth centres four times a year. In this, we rely primarily on the Authority’s team of nearly fifty volunteers. We also arrange special sessions for foster parents, who play a key role in shaping the media literacy of the children under their care.
Hotline against harmful internet content
It is also within the context of its corporate social responsibility that the NMHH maintains its Internet Hotline at www.internethotline.hu, a website where harmful online content can be reported and whose staff works to make sure that unlawful content is blocked and redress is pursued by the appropriate government agency.
In addition to the above, NMHH continually seeks out opportunities and solutions that have the most positive impact possible on society and the natural environment. Measures adhering to the principles of sustainable development are taken across all areas of the Authority’s work.
Water and energy efficient operations
In February 2015 around two hundred aerators were installed in the office buildings of the Authority, reducing the amount of water consumed by around thirty percent. The decision to switch off workstations and printers automatically at the end of the day has reduced electricity usage significantly. The Authority expects further cost savings from the installation of energy-efficient lightbulbs and solar panels and the air conditioning modernisation programme completed in the head office buildings.
Selective waste collection
Introduced in the Budapest offices in 2012, the selective waste collection scheme enables NMHH staff to collect 122 m3 paper, 98 m3 plastic bottles and 2500 kg glass selectively each year. The volume of communal waste has decreased by about a third since January 2015, when selective waste collection was made mandatory.
NMHH has reduced its ecological footprint by purchasing modern vehicles. Staff frequently use the two electric bicycles made available to them for travelling between the two head office buildings in Budapest, while the scheduled connection between the buildings is provided every day by a Nissan Leaf electric car, which is designed specifically for city transport. Using these vehicles, the Authority has cut back on its CO2 emissions by nearly 1800 kg annually.