We are aware of our responsibility to society. For us, this means not only sharing knowledge with various research institutes and universities but also showing cultural, environmental and social engagement and supporting relevant institutions and projects. In so doing, we generate positive effects for society that go beyond our own business activities. While we are unable to make a quantitative impact assessment of our social involvement, our commitment to society nevertheless remains one of our most important concerns – one that we support through our sustainability efforts.
Our activities extend beyond the Hannover location to our subsidiaries and branches, which engage in their own individual projects in response to social and environmental issues in the various countries.
With our guidelines on donations for our Hannover location and the international offices we have defined our own policies for our social engagement. These guidelines regulate our investment in the community, with special importance attached to the non-profit status of the social groups and projects that we support. Donations to political parties and churches or other political and religious organisations are expressly prohibited. Consequently, neither in the period under review nor in prior years have we made contributions to political parties, politicians or organisations associated with them. Compliance with this policy is verified by Group Auditing. In our Sustainability Strategy we have set ourselves the goal of refining our concept for social engagement and expanding our reporting.
At our Hannover location we lend our support each year to projects in the following categories: