Commitment

We act responsibly out of conviction.

As an owner-operated company, we have worked responsibly with a long-term focus for many years. Satisfied customers and trustful cooperation with our partners and suppliers are all part of our sustainability strategy. At the same time, as entrepreneurs and as a business, these values characterise the way we perceive ourselves. For us, commitment is more than simply a trend; it is part of our corporate culture. Ever since our company was founded in 1994, we have been committed to

  • Social projects
  • Sustainability
  • Ecology and the environment


Our Commitment – Selected projects at a glance

Aktion Deutschland Hilft, Germany’s Relief Coalition is a union of German relief organisations that can provide rapid and effective aid in the case of large catastrophes and emergency situations abroad. To further optimise their previously successful work, the participating organisations bring together their many years of experience in humanitarian aid abroad.

Help for Refugees worlwide
Millions of people worldwide are currently fleeing war, hunger, violence and persecution. The relief organisations of Aktion Deutschland Hilft assists them at every stage of their flight.

Conflict in Syria
The conflict in Syria calls for more and more victims among the civilian population. Meanwhile, many millions of people in Syria and the neighboring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq are concerned. The Allies of Aktion Deutschland Hilft support them with humanitarian aid in Syria, the neighboring countries, transit countries and also in Germany. They support the refugees with water, food and medical help. Please find further information on the website of Aktion Deutschland Hilft.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organisation. It seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity has built more than 1 million houses around the world, providing more than 4 million people around the world with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller.

Habitat for Humanity’s Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live
Habitat for Humanity believes that simple, decent, healthy housing is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. By providing safe shelter with good sanitation, families in need find stability, hope and a foundation to achieve their full potential. Habitat for Humanity currently builds and repairs 100.000 houses annually – that’s one new house every five minutes.

Transparency and Quality Management
Habitat for Humanity is evaluated regularly by external auditors and thereby is able to show that the donated money is being used transparently, appropriately and effectively. Please find further information on the website of Habitat for Humanity.

The sociocultural project “Okan Tomi” [West African/Yoruba for “My heart”] was established in the Marianao district of Havana in 1993. The project aims to provide underprivileged children and young adults both educational and social opportunities and help families master the challenges of day-to-day life. In addition, volunteers offer a professional dance and drum training program:

“Stimulating dance, new experiences with music and a social exchange give children a new chance to escape life on the streets and to learn what it means to treat one another with fairness and respect.”

At the same time, a fixed ensemble of musicians and dancers has formed over the years and has already achieved cult status in Cuba under the name “Okan Tomi”. Donations and active sponsorships enable young adults to study music at the Instituto Pedagógico “Enrique José Varona” so that they can pass their knowledge on to other children and youths. For more information, please visit the website of the Music Department at the
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg.

At first glance, the ostensibly idyllic nature of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Alagoas masks the abject poverty in which many of the families there live. Today, work on sugar cane plantations still remains the only source of employment for many. There is virtually no industry, and tourism is slow to create jobs – most of which are poorly paid.

This is why a charitable organisation called “Costura” [Portuguese for “sewing”] was established in 2005. The goal of the charity’s founders is to support and educate young women and single mothers in Northeastern Brazil.

The organisation has nearly 40 staff members and numerous actively involved donors whose commitment makes it possible to maintain a sewing school in which a talented seamstress teaches young women the skills required to sew professionally. The project also finances rooms and equipment.

Helping women help themselves is the organizations primary mission: Women are offered the prospect of gaining confidence and independence through the use of their newly learned skills, thus enabling them to feed themselves and their children. For more information please visit www.costura-ev.de

Ecologically-minded – oraïse uses green power from LichtBlick.  Green electricity provider LichtBlick has supplied oraïse with green power since September 2011, enabling oraïse to take a clear stance when it comes to sustainability together with the independent energy supplier.

The Hamburg-based power provider delivers 204,565 kilowatt hours of electricity from hydropower and biomass to oraïse annually. In comparison: This is the amount of energy used by around 73 average private households in Germany each year. The switch to certified green power saves oraïse 103.28 tons of carbon dioxide every year.

“We are pleased to add oraïse to our list of business consumers who have decided to support the immediate phase-out of nuclear power with LichtBlick,” says LichtBlick spokesman Ralph Kampwirth.

Numerous businesses are already making an important contribution to protecting the environment with LichtBlick. For instance, corporations like Citroen, Globetrotter and Puma receive their electricity from the market leader in green energy. Last year alone, the energy provider supplied 2,600 million kilowatt hours of power to 600,000 private and business consumers.

About LichtBlick:
LichtBlick is Germany’s largest independent energy provider and the market leader for green electricity and green gas. The young, innovative company supplies 600,000 private households and commercial consumers with eco-friendly energy. In the future LichtBlick intends to produce SchwarmStrom [a German expression for a group of home power plants similar to a shoal of fish, with many small units pooling their resources to form a large, high-performance community that generates power] in 100,000 decentralized, networked Volkswagen “ZuhauseKraftwerke” [German for “home power plants”]. The power provider, established in 1998 and headquartered in Hamburg, was awarded the title of “Germany’s Most Customer-Oriented Energy Supplier” in 2009 and 2010. In addition, the energy supplier also received the German Sustainability Award as the “Most Sustainable Brand”. For more information please visit www.lichtblick.de

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