Solidarity initiatives across Europe

OPnGO

OPnGO and Indigo Group launched the initiative of offering free car-parking spaces to medical staff during the lockdown period.

After only 4 weeks, they had already provided 15 000 hours of free parking to over 800 health workers across France.

SWEDISH FIT

Following the forced closure of their gyms during lockdown, Swedish Fit brought their fitness classes to homes by proposing free online workouts led by their instructors. They gained significant press coverage from this initiative, including articles in French media L’Obs and Top Santé.

SMARTBOX

In France, Smartbox decided to donate a portion of their online sales to Covid-19 relief efforts, more specifically the “Tous Unis Contre Le Virus” operation. This initiative aims to support medical staff, researchers and those most vulnerable.

CITYSCOOT

In France, Cityscoot showed their solidarity with medical staff by offering them the Cityscoot service free of charge, so they could get to work easily and safely.

In addition, Cityscoot donated 250 000 hair nets to Paris’ hospital network, equivalent to the weekly consumption of 39 hospitals in the Île-de-France region.

LA REDOUTE

La Redoute put in place a micro-donation service at their online checkout to support the Covid-19 emergency fund of Paris’ hospital network.

What’s more, La Redoute employees were among the volunteers that sewed masks for the hospital campus in Lille.

REPETTO

Repetto showed their solidarity by deciding to donate 20% of sales of shoes and leather goods during lockdown to the emergency fund of France’s hospitals.

Moreover, Repetto offered free online ballet classes each week during lockdown.

PAYTWEAK

Ingenico ePayments joined up with partner Paytweak to accompany professionals in France during the crisis by offering them the payment link service “Link2Pay” for free.

CV LIFE

In the UK, employees of CV Life showed their solidarity by volunteering in the Operation Shield Coventry project. It is a scheme which supports the most vulnerable people in Coventry during the Covid-19 pandemic, ranging from providing essential supplies to emotional support.

RED CROSS-FLANDERS

In Belgium, the Red Cross-Flanders was more active than ever as a partner of the government during the coronavirus crisis with 13,000 volunteers mobilised, whether it be providing help in care homes, patient transport or psychological assistance.

Their annual charity initiative of selling stickers on the streets had to be taken online this year. Ingenico ePayments showed their support by processing for free the Red Cross transactions for this charity campaign and by matching donations made by Ingenico colleagues.

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SAFESHOPS.BE

Lazy Sundays is an annual initiative by the Belgian e-commerce association, SafeShops.be, which promotes online shops with the SafeShops.be quality label.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, SafeShops.be opened up the platform to every Belgian webshop free of charge to give them a boost during the lockdown period.

The platform is a quick way to discover new and interesting webshops. In return, the webshops offer a little extra to visitors every Sunday, from original ideas to a small gift, simply to say thank you.