Jointly with the Ivoclar Vivadent Charity Foundation, the Ivoclar Group has been supporting a variety of social projects around the world for many years, with the aim to help people in less privileged regions. Celebrating its 100-year anniversary, the Liechtenstein-based family business is now unveiling its own aid program called Ivoclar Joy. The program’s main beneficiaries will be children and young people across three continents.
Comprising a workforce of roughly 3,700 employees, the group of companies has been dedicated to ensuring that people have the best possible oral health and quality of life worldwide for a century. Following several years of determined work, the Ivoclar Group launched its own international aid program called Ivoclar Joy in 2022, at the behest of Christina Zeller, Supervisory Board Member responsible for CSR. The program is accompanied by a steering committee and an operational project management team. With Ivoclar Joy, the company’s primary goal is to provide dental care to children and young people in underserviced regions worldwide. In addition, the program aims to raise awareness about oral health in these groups to enhance their potential for a positive and successful future. After having laid the groundwork, Ivoclar is now unveiling its aid program to the public as part of its anniversary celebration.
(from left to right) Dr Tatiana Repetto-Bauckhage (Project Management, Peru), Christian Brutzer, Chief Commercial Officer (Steering Committee), Dr med. Dent. Philipp Schneider (Project Management, Ghana and Cambodia), Markus Heinz, Chief Executive Officer (Steering Committee) and Christina Zeller, Supervisory Board Member responsible for CSR (Steering Committee).
The focus of Ivoclar Joy is to provide on-location dental care in the form of preventive measures, minor restorative procedures, basic fillings and surgical interventions. The leading provider of integrated solutions has already set up base stations in Ghana, Cambodia and Peru, treating over 2000 patients (as of June 2023). “Going forward, the goal is to involve interested Ivoclar employees around the world in the years to come and establish our aid program in additional locations,” says Christina Zeller.
Three portable dental units allow the local teams of professionals to deliver dental procedures in all three of the above countries, including remote regions. The portable units, which have demonstrated their effectiveness in international aid projects, are outfitted with a range of dental equipment, including a high-performance suction system, three-way syringe and an ultrasound element with LED light. The portable units are regularly supplied with instruments and materials from Ivoclar. The program encompasses additional activities such as advancing the skills of local dental professionals and delivering oral healthcare education at schools, fully covering all related expenses.
Three pillars of responsibility
At Ivoclar Joy, the Group of Companies presents detailed insights into the projects of its charitable commitment. The family business places maximum importance on sustainable action and impact, both in its charitable endeavours and as a core principle of its entrepreneurial approach. In its 2022 CSR report, the Ivoclar Group emphasises as an integral part of an interconnected system the significance of all three pillars of sustainability (www.ivoclar.com).