During the six years of armed conflict in Syria, images of the tragedy were never far away from our TV screens and newspapers. They only served to remind us of the ongoing suffering of millions of people, and the fortunate gift we have in living in a safe and secure place. At first glance, there may not be an obvious link between the human crisis in a distant corner of the planet and the world of EG IT INT, and yet there is one. Mohammed, who asked for his last name to be withheld, is not only one of our colleagues at EG IT INT, but he is also a Syrian refugee who experienced the hardship of war firsthand.
As a company that is defined by the rich diversity of backgrounds, beliefs and the entire range of experience of our people, a part of EG IT INT’s identity is also shaped by the inspiring life story of our colleague Mohammed. Mohammed’s path crossed with that of Michael Schneglberger, Head of BRCC and a member of EG IT INT’s Management Board, at the Red Cross Refugee Center Baumgarten. Michael took part in a volunteering activity called “Social Day”, helping refugees write job applications, while Mohammed assisted as an interpreter.
Since May 2017, Mohammed has been an integral part of the BRCC team at EG IT INT, where he was given the opportunity to do “the job he has always dreamed of”. Alongside work, he is studying business informatics at the University of Vienna.
The circumstances that brought Mohammed in contact with our company might have been random, but the decision to give him a chance to prove that he is an asset to our team was intentional. Even more so, it is a powerful statement of what corporate social responsibility fundamentally is about.
At a time when CSR has become a buzzword without much meaning, the story of Mohammed shows that this concept actually can make a positive difference. At EG IT INT, we see our social conscience as a serious and collective commitment to give back and to help change lives. This is why we want to encourage all of our employees across ranks and levels to get involved.