Formal and measurable commitments L at meeting the needs of our Stakeholders.
We are proud to present our sixth Global CSR Report, which includes the main Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives promoted by Gi Group over 2019.
After celebrating Gi Group’s 20th anniversary in 2018, 2019 was a year of consolidation, but also of change and constant learning. Not only have we achieved our best results ever in terms of EBITDA and welcomed over 1,500 new colleagues thanks to acquisitions and organic growth, but also we have strengthened our ability to answer to the increasingly complex needs of the labour market, building more advanced solutions for our clients and enhancing the focus on our candidates.
Following the acquisition of Grafton in Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary and of Marks Sattin in the UK and Ireland at the end of 2018, we created a new global practice dedicated to professional staffing. Moreover, we completed the acquisition of OnTime Group, a company active in Germany in both the temporary and permanent staffing sector and in the national and international mobility sector, under the House of Jobs brand.
To support our growth, we have consolidated our matrix organizational model, enabling our teams to work more efficiently and collaboratively and we focused on our internal employees , promoting initiatives aimed at enabling a culture of sharing and learning and developing our internal communication, eLearning and HR data digital tools. Moreover, we kept on playing an active role in society on an international level, by endorsing the CEOs Call to Action for a New Deal for Europe promoted by CSR Europe, and through our participation in the World Employment Confederation. We also promoted numerous projects to enhance employability in our local communities and to make our part in supporting meaningful initiatives.
Most of all, in 2019 we renewed our core values: Care, Passion, Continuous Learning and Innovation, Collaboration, Sustainability and Responsibility. Reviewing the values that have been with Gi Group since 1998 is a choice that goes beyond wording: our new values reflect the evolution that we have made in 21 years and our future direction and I am pleased to share more about it in this sixth edition of our CSR Report.