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Global commitment

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11th Dec, 2018

Each and every day, KLM brings people together in different parts of the world for business and for pleasure. Our service focuses on people – travellers and staff alike. However, there is still serious inequality in the standard of living enjoyed by different people across the globe.

If you work in the global arena, how can you contribute effectively towards combating this in your capacity as KLM? We do so in our own way by cooperating with a significant number of selected NGOs and start-ups. KLM supports these organisations by contributing towards promoting the importance of these good causes, for example. KLM’s frequent flyers (Flying Blue members) can donate their Miles to these good causes, thus contributing as well. Here’s a list of the selected good causes we support:

UNICEF 

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All children, wherever they live, have the same rights. These children’s rights are laid down in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In commission of the United Nations, UNICEF shall ensure that governments respect and fulfil the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families in 190 countries and territories.

About the Red Cross

The mission of the Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity, especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies. The Red Cross is present in every country and supported by millions of volunteers. The rescuers and volunteers of the Red Cross are originating from affected communities, which enables them to be immediately on site after a disaster.

About WWF

The World Wide Fund for Nature is committed to nature conservation around the world. They strive to protect the wonderful wealth of animal and plant species on earth. Together with others, they want to develop a world in which human and nature could live in harmony. Pass on the Earth!

About Close the Gap

Close the Gap aims to bridge the digital divide by offering pre-owned and refurbished computers to schools and medical centers in developing countries, providing an unprecedented access to information. The organization also empowers the local communities to collect, reuse and recycle e-waste in an environmentally friendly way. Every donation counts!

About Ocean Cleanup (video)

The Ocean Cleanup is developing the first feasible method to rid the world’s ocean of plastic. Plastic debris accumulates in 5 major ocean gyres, also known as garbage patches. Cleaning up the oceans using conventional methods - vessels and nets - would be incredibly time-, cost- and energy prohibitive and lead to large amounts of by-catch and carbon emission. The Ocean Cleanup’s passive systems are estimated to remove half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years, at a fraction of the cost. They can use your help.

About Wings of Support

Wings of Support is a private initiative of KLM employees that started in 1998. In the countries to which KLM flies, the organization supports children by means of facilitating education, shelter and medical care. Wings of Support now has about 90 volunteers, all of whom have the same mission: to sustainably improve the living conditions of these children in their own environment. 

About Giro555

Giro555 is the Dutch consortium of eleven organizations for humanitarian relief. They launch national fundraising campaigns in case of big disasters. Giro555 uses the donated Flying Blue (FB) Miles to coordinate, monitor and evaluate relief operations on site and to assist local aid workers in their work. Due to the donated FB Miles they are able to lower their travel costs. This means more money is available for aid activities.

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