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18 Nov 2014

FEMSA employees teach with volunteer work

  • FEMSA Volunteer’s Network (RED de Voluntarios) has over 28 thousand participants throughout the 10 countries where the company operates
  • In 2013, we dedicated 34,377 hours of volunteer work to activities focusing on education and employability, health, environment, and support to the community and lawfulness

Monterrey, Mexico. November 18, 2014. - Looking to have a positive impact that transcends over the next generations, FEMSA Volunteers’ Network – through its Education and Employability action line – participates in the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico with the Prepanet, Education with Value, and IMPULSA programs, which are focused on promoting a comprehensive development while supporting education and culture among the state’s communities.

With this action line, the volunteers teach classes on economy, values, and culture of lawfulness. So far this year, 2,361 children and youngsters have been benefitted, while the employees have invested 14,873 volunteer work hours, in Nuevo Leon only. 

FEMSA’s RED de Voluntarios is part of the Social Development model of the company; it has four actions lines: Education and Employability, Health, Environment, and Support to the Community and Lawfulness. 

“Through its Social Development model, FEMSA promotes the quality of life of the employees and their families, the social commitment of the businesses, and the strengthening of a citizens’ culture among our employees, achieved through participative models,” stated Adriana Arévalo, Head of Social Development at FEMSA. 

The programs in the Education and Employability section share the objective of promoting citizens’ participation among our employees and their families. We look to support the education and culture by applying teaching activities at educational institutions of all levels, such as transmission of knowledge and productive skills, the transmission of personal and community development, and the transmission of art and culture, as well as supporting the educational infrastructure. 

Prepanet is an initiative of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, in which FEMSA volunteers have the chance to offer high school level online tutoring to financially challenged people who have found it impossible to study in a traditional model. Currently, this volunteers’ network in Mexico teaches classes in the states of Chiapas, Coahuila, and Sinaloa. 

The employees also participate in Education with Value, a project performed in synergy with the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA, for its acronym in Spanish), where FEMSA volunteers donate their time for tutoring, looking to promote and raise the educational level and development of other employees of the company, mainly external personnel working in the maintenance and cleaning departments. 

“I began working at FEMSA only with a junior high school diploma, because I had to drop out of high school because of financial reasons. Here, they gave me the chance of finishing my education and I am currently going after my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the Metropolitan University of Monterrey”, said Juan Esquivel, Warehouse Assistant at FEMSA 

The programs of IMPULSA, affiliate of Junior Achievement, serve over 9.7 million young people around the world. This organization educates children and teenagers to become entrepreneurs. In its Impulsa Nuevo Leon section, it has benefitted more than 1,434 students by investing over 500 hours of FEMSA employees’ volunteer work. 

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About FEMSA

FEMSA is a leading company that participates in the beverage industry through Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world; and in the beer industry, through its ownership of the second largest equity stake in Heineken, one of the world's leading brewers with operations in over 70 countries. In the retail industry, it participates with FEMSA Comercio, operating various small-format chain stores, including OXXO, the largest and fastest-growing chain of stores in Latin America. All of which is supported by a Strategic Business unit.

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