Corporate social responsibility 1)
Corporate social responsibility is a well-established tradition at DEUTZ. As a company with operations around the world, we of course shoulder our responsibilities as a corporate citizen. This includes responsibility for our decisions and our actions, for our products and services, for our customers and lenders, for the environment and for society. We have been involved in corporate citizenship projects for many years, not only in our home region in the area around Cologne but also throughout Germany and beyond.
Nurturing enthusiasm for technology
The DEUTZ engine museum, which includes exhibits on the origins and history of global motorisation and shows original machines from the early days of the engine, opens to the public free of charge and continues to attract a good number of visitors. Our history began more than 150 years ago with the founding of N.A. Otto & Cie., the predecessor of today’s DEUTZ AG. The Company’s history department, which is run on a voluntary basis, and the Friends of DEUTZ’s Engine Collection, whose patron is Professor Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economic Affairs in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, again initiated joint projects with the Rhineland Regional Association, the Knowledge Foundation of the Sparkasse savings bank in Cologne/Bonn and the Luxembourg Science Center in 2017.
DEUTZ also promotes a continual dialogue of ideas in order to nurture enthusiasm for technology among the general public, particularly young people. As part of the redevelopment of the former DEUTZ site in Cologne-Mülheim, for example, the Company is helping to preserve historical features in partnership with investors and the City of Cologne.
Helping young people and the unemployed into work
For more than 26 years, we have been working with IN VIA – an association under the auspices of the German Caritas organisation – and the German Federal Employment Agency to provide career preparation courses for young people with learning and social difficulties. In 2016/17, a total of 28 participants underwent basic metalwork training over a ten-month period at the DEUTZ training centre. In 2017, 74 per cent of those who completed this training then enrolled on a vocational apprenticeship scheme, which is a relatively high proportion.
Successful integration of disabled workers
DEUTZ has also successfully worked with GWK, a not-for-profit organisation based in Cologne, for more than 40 years. Currently, over 110 people with disabilities work for us at various sites on tasks that include processing packaging and assembly orders, using machines to produce additional articles such as belt pulleys and oil level gauges, and handling printing orders. The many different work steps enable the deployment of employees with a variety of abilities who benefit from the continuity of the repetitive tasks.
Playing our part in the community
We support community projects in the region with our ‘DEUTZ fulfils your wish’ Christmas initiative. In 2017, around 90 youngsters from Kalker Kindermittagstisch wrote down their wishes on ‘wish notes’ and hung them on the Christmas tree in the foyer at our head office in Cologne-Porz so that DEUTZ employees could make their wishes come true. Employees at the Cologne-Kalk and Cologne-Porz sites also organised a donations drive as part of this community project. Kalker Kindermittagstisch serves a hot meal to up to 120 children every day and supervises them while they do their homework.
In spring 2017, apprentices at our Ulm site got involved with ‘Guter Hirte’, a local organisation that looks after young single parents with small children, young people in need and child refugees without parents.
Dr Hiller becomes patron of the DEUTZ choir
In January 2017, the new Chairman of DEUTZ AG’s Board of Management, Dr Ing Frank Hiller, became patron of the DEUTZ choir. This sends a strong signal, both internally and externally, of the choir’s significance for the Company.
The ensemble regularly creates positive publicity for the DEUTZ name through its concerts and other appearances, which range from performances for staff and customers and local concerts at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall and Cologne-Gürzenich events centre to tours to churches and concert halls in Germany and abroad. Last year, almost 10,000 people were able to enjoy the choir’s singing.
The choir also supports good causes. In 2017, donations collected from concert-goers totalling €7,200 were distributed to, among other organisations, the ‘Good deeds’ charity of the Kölner Stadtanzeiger newspaper, the ‘Kölnische Rundschau für das Hilfswerk (Rundschau-Altenhilfe: Die gute Tat e.V.)’ of the Kölnische Rundschau newspaper and the Cologne hospice service for children and young people.
Personal involvement by senior management
The members of the Board of Management and managers at DEUTZ AG are also fully aware of their responsibility to lead by example. They have been contributing personally to various charitable associations, trade associations, committees, trusts and other forums for many years.
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