We contribute to communities where we live and operate through:
- financial donations
- goods and services
- employee time
- dialogue with institutions and industry organisations.
All countries operate independently. Some channel their resources into a handful of far-reaching initiatives or into a specific theme, while others donate to different projects. In some cases, employees are involved in selecting beneficiaries.
In general, companies manage activities directly. Some countries work with specific local foundations in accordance with their respective articles of association, including Austria, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
In January 2017, we joined the London Benchmarking Group (LBG) and started to reclassify our community investments according to their reporting method.
The funds allocated voluntarily to non-profit organisations or organisations pursuing social purposes amounted to € 14.6 million in 2016.