Corporate Social Responsibility
With Romex we want to show that corporate social responsibility is not only reserved for large multinationals. A small company can also do a lot in this area, especially if its own business results are adequate.
With Romex we make and sell a beautiful luxury product, which is often purchased by the financially well-off among us. We sell a lot to independent entrepreneurs, people with top positions, etc. Hard-working people, who, however, can afford this financially. This also applies to ourselves and we believe that we too can and must do something in the context of corporate social responsibility.
We have sought it close to home. I (Paul de Römph) have a child with Down's syndrome, named Glenn, who is now 25 years old. He is the middle one in a family with 5 children and in general he is doing very well. He just runs with the family, of course taking into account his limitations, but we try to raise him as normally as possible. He lives at home, goes to work every day, does a little sport, goes out to the theater and restaurants, goes on winter sports and other holidays, plays a lot on his laptop and iPad etc. He likes to play football a lot and is especially fan of Feyenoord.
He was born in 1994 and then your world is turned upside down. From that moment on, however, the family and your life revolve around him. Fortunately Glenn appeared to be in good physical condition and he developed especially well in social terms. We already had 2 boys for Glenn and after Glenn we also got 2 girls. A complete family, in which Glenn is the center. He has absolutely enriched our lives and we get a lot of love and pleasure back from him.
A great deal has changed in society in recent decades, including with respect to Down Syndrome. Much more acceptance and possibilities. The guidance has become more intensive and much more professional, especially from the medical angle. We ourselves have hardly any negative reactions, but there is still a lot to do in terms of integration into the labor process and social participation.
That way, of course, my wife Carina and I always have to worry about how he will do later. An ordinary child normally finds his or her way and with Glenn it is different. Independent living, work, etc. remain a major concern and responsibility, even after you die!
Over the years, the idea has come to me to create something for him himself, in which he can really come into its own. This has truly become an ideal, a dream for us. However, not only for us as a family, but the entire Romex team wants to go for this. Together we have worked out various ideas, which is summarized in our project: "Down to Business"
From Romex we want to free up money for:
The integration of mentally handicapped children into society, including Down Syndrome:
For example, by making a promotional film for a ZMLK school, the Herman Broereschool from Delft, of which Glenn is a student;
Sponsorship of related matters.
Setting up a company where children with a mental disability can work or do an internship under professional supervision. It will be a Horeca company, which may in the future be called a chain at home and abroad: Glennie's. The first restaurant opened in 2016. The restaurant is located in our Kristall Plaza complex in Niederau. In this restaurant there are no employees with a disability at work yet, but this is the intention in the future.
Paul de Römph