As an international company, it goes without saying that we must live our commitment to the community across our sites worldwide. In selecting community involvement projects, our subsidiaries choose initiatives that reflect our three strategic spheres of activity (health, environment and culture). They decide for themselves at the local level which projects they wish to support. Once a year, we conduct surveys to ascertain the regional scope of our community involvement, as well as identify our objectives and focus.
Rapid, simple disaster relief
We provide disaster relief in emergency situations, especially in those regions where we operate.
In April 2015, we entered into a three-year agreement with the German Red Cross that aims to make disaster relief simpler and faster. We support German Red Cross activities and projects by donating goods or funds. Take for instance our aid to Lebanese refugees. In December 2015, we donated EUR 50,000 toward the operation of emergency medical aid stations in Lebanese refugee camps. This donation sought to fight the reasons for flight as well as help the people close to their homeland.
At our local sites, too, we are taking action to support refugees. In November 2015, 88 apprentices from our Darmstadt facility renovated a building to be used as a shelter. In autumn 2015, our subsidiary in Austria donated medicine worth roughly EUR 19,000 to be used for medical care in refugee camps.
In 2015, we also provided aid in response to the massive earthquakes that shook Nepal and Pakistan. Our Life Science business sector provided the Water Missions International foundation with kits to test the water quality in Nepal. Our facility in Pakistan provided victims with tents for medical care and blankets.