Our commitment and support focus on three primary areas: disaster relief, support for medical activities and support for children and young people. Some of our projects are presented below:
For many years, different companies in the Group have supported a number of aid organisations. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, we coordinated this aid and now make annual donations in the name of Wallenius Lines to the various disaster relief funds of Save the Children, the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières. The funds need money and we feel that these organisations are better placed to decide when, how and for which disasters the money is used.
Wallenius Lines is a partner of the Royal Swedish Opera and has been supporting the pedagogical work of “Young People at the Opera” in schools since 2015. The focus of “Young People at the Opera” is to promote the integration of art in schools and thereby contribute to the positive development of children, classes and schools.
Thanks to a large donation from Wallenius Lines at the beginning of the 2000s, the Karolinska University Hospital was able to acquire two modern surgical robots. These were initially used for heart surgery and then moved to the Urology Department for surgery on, for example, prostate cancer. In 2013, a second large donation was made to the Karolinska University Hospital, enabling them to acquire a further two robotically-assisted surgery systems.
Our involvement with the voluntary organisation SSRS has a long history and is just as extensive today. Over the years, we have supplemented the Swedish Sea Rescue Society’s fleet with two sea rescue cruisers, the Signe Wallenius and the Olof Wallenius, stationed at Öregrund Sea Rescue Station and Falkenberg Sea Rescue Station respectively. A few years ago, sea rescue operations at Lake Mälaren were expanded with the hovercraft Mats Kleberg, which can be used all year round.
The Group’s co-workers have been involved for some years as teachers and supervisors on board m/s Shamrock, a small vessel that for 40 years has arranged summer sailing trips for young people. Through annual financial support and targeted donations, Wallenius Marine has enabled these youth activities and sailings to continue.
In 2010, Hässelby Hem initiated an annual support to the foundation Homework Help (Läxhjälpen). In after-school sessions, the homework helpers meet with students who need an extra bit of study time to make the grades and fulfil their dreams. 83% of the participants make it to upper secondary school.
Hässelby Hem also supports the local athletics and gives a discount for tenants who wish to send their children to athletics camp in the summer.
Wildlife Estates (WE) is a network of European Farm working with sustainable management. Menhammar Farm is a member and has received its certification. There are some 300 farms in Europe and 44 in Sweden at present.
In shipping, the Swedish flag represents good quality and standard. Wallenius Marine encourages its partners to fly the Swedish flag and helps them with the registry. By adding the number of Swedish-flagged vessels, job opportunities are created and good working conditions are guaranteed.