DKV employees collect 210 liters of plastic and waste from the Camino de Santiago

This corporate volunteering activity has had the support of the Best World Foundation and seeks to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining a Camino free of trash

On Saturday the DKV corporate volunteer project “Walk for the environment” came to an end, an activity that consisted of completing the last section of the Camino de Santiago (French Way) collecting plastics and waste and that has allowed make all pilgrims aware of the importance of keeping the Camino free of garbage.

The 14 volunteer eco-pilgrims of this initiative have been able to develop the value of environmental awareness and develop professional skills such as: teamwork, initiative, interpersonal communication, creativity and leadership.

This activity began on Tuesday, August 31 from Sarria (Lugo) and ended on Saturday, September 4 in the most anticipated destination: Santiago de Compostela. The participants have covered nearly 117 kilometers on foot divided into 5 stages: Sarria – Portomarín (22.5km), Portomarín – Palas del Rei (25.8km), Palas del Rei – Arzúa (29.3km), Arzúa – O Pedrouzo (19.3km) and finally O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela (19.7km).

For the organization, DKV has had the support of the Best World Foundation, which has been in charge of organizing and managing the collection, indicating the specific cleaning areas at the different stages of arrival on the Camino , coordinating with the different town halls to collect the bags with the waste left by the volunteers at the collection points and providing the appropriate material for cleaning (scales, gloves and bags).

In total 210 liters have been collected (the calculation is based on the capacity of the bags) and most of the garbage has been paper, masks and plastic bags.

The insurer has also made a donation of €1,000 to this foundation for the development of the program “Clean The Sea”, which aims to clean up, educate and generate youth green employment in the Mediterranean Sea.

DKV has established itself as a benchmark for corporate volunteering in Spain since its launch in the organization in 2002. In fact, this initiative was the winner of the “Actívate” contest, the first internal call for volunteer projects that was launched in May 2021.