Social Responsibility

Commitment to Social Responsibility
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Voluntary Service Scheme
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Set up in 2011, with the support of Foundation Amélia de Mello, the Voluntary service scheme is based on a clear commitment to a socially responsible company, following on in the tradition of the former CUF group.

Under this Scheme over three hundred employees and Members of the José de Mello family place their skills at the service of a common cause thereby positively contributing to the local community, besides donations, sponsorships and patronage programmes.

“Ser Solidário” Project
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Set up in 2007, the “Ser Solidário” (Show Solidarity) Project is based on the large-scale involvement of the José de Mello Group’s employees by making donations to charities of their choice.

Under this scheme, employees who join up donate at least 1 euro of their monthly salary to a charity of their choice.

The subsidiaries they work for matches each euro donated and hands over the total amount to the chosen institution on an annual basis.

Summer camps
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Following on in the family tradition of the former CUF group, since 2001 the José de Mello group offers summer camps to the children of its employees aged between 7 and 17. From 2001 to 2018, more than 1500 children of employees of shared companies attended the José de Mello group summer camps.

Amélia de Mello Foundation
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The Amélia de Mello (FAM) Foundation was set up in October 1964 at the behest of D. Manuel de Mello, in homage to his wife, daughter of Alfredo da Silva, with the chief objective of continuing the social work of the CUF group.

The FAM has strong connections to the companies managed by the heirs of its founder, namely the José de Mello group and the Group Nutrinveste Sovena, but it is independently managed and governed.

FAM’s operations consist mainly in awarding scholarships and supporting clinical, medical and human science research.

In partnership with the José de Mello group, the FAM has an annual scholarships scheme for Bachelor and Masters degrees intended for the employees’ children, besides supporting the Voluntary Service Scheme, scholarships and awards for clinical research, innovation and charities.