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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2015
As part of our corporate engagement, we enter into social partnerships in the communities where Henkel operates, in an effort to support social initiatives and public institutions. Education is a basic prerequisite for both personal individual development and for society. It is for this reason that education initiatives are among the priorities of our corporate engagement. In addition, we support sports clubs, hospitals, kindergartens, schools and universities, charity organizations, and cultural events. We do not support political parties.
Supporting equal opportunity in education is a top priority. In 2015, we continued our partnership with the educational initiative Teach First Deutschland. In this program, university graduates in all fields work as fellows in schools with socially disadvantaged students. Supported by the “Fritz Henkel Stiftung” foundation since 2010, the initiative’s goal is to ensure better educational opportunities for socially disadvantaged children and youths. To accomplish this, the initiative finds, recruits and trains personally and professionally outstanding university graduates to assume a two-year full-time position as temporary teaching staff as “fellows” at schools in socially deprived areas.
With the Light Up project in China, we are promoting the reading skills of Chinese children by donating books and writing materials.
Together with the non-profit organization United Way in Mumbai, Henkel has initiated the Lighting Lives project in India, which is developing solar power in rural regions. In the pilot phase, solar cells have already been installed in three villages in the Palghar district near Mumbai, bringing electricity to the homes of 150 people and to the schools attended by about 1,600 children. The project will be expanded to include other villages and public facilities.
Thanks to the solar cells donated by Henkel India, the lives of families, like this one in Guraad, are now brighter.
What is glue made of? What goes into detergents? These are just two of the many questions investigated by curious elementary school children in Henkel’s “Forscherwelt” (Researchers’ World). Since its launch in 2011, the education project has attracted a great deal of interest in Germany and has been rolled out in Argentina, Russia, Ireland and now in Turkey. “The aim of the Researchers’ World is to get children interested in science at an early age and to encourage them to ask questions,” explains Dr. Ute Krupp, who runs Henkel’s Researchers’ World program.
Children in elementary schools around Istanbul are now taking part in the Keşif Dünyası, as the Researchers’ World is called in Turkish, thanks to colleagues from Henkel in Turkey in collaboration with the Turkish Creative Children’s Association and the Turkish Chemical Society. Volunteers will visit schools and carry out simple experiments with the students.
“It’s not necessary for the schools to have special chemistry labs,” Krupp says. “The experiments that I have put together for our colleagues at Henkel in Turkey can be carried out in any classroom – with just a few accessories and common test materials such as vinegar, eggshells, starch, soap and potatoes.” Krupp has no doubt that the initiative will be a success: “Transferring the initiative to Russia, Argentina and Ireland has turned out to be a great success. The Researchers’ World is quite popular in those countries!”
Guided by Dr. Ute Krupp (second from the right), Turkish colleague Hande Ardane (left), Dr. Barbaros Akkurt from the Turkish Chemical Society and Selen Ayganat from the Turkish Creative Children’s Association learned about the experiments conducted in the Researchers’ World.
Seventeen students in the seventh to ninth grades at the Heinz Brandt School in Berlin faced the challenge of their lives: hiking from Germany to Italy across the Alps in 14 days. This involved not only mastering each demanding stage of the hike, but also independently orienting themselves in the terrain and cooking for the group, all while working together as a team. The students were able to gain social skills that would never be part of the normal lesson plan.
This was made possible by ProFellow e.V., which Henkel has supported since 2013. The non-profit association provides support for the fellows and alumni of the Teach First Deutschland educational initiative.
Every year, ProFellow e.V. organizes a project competition, in which a certain portion of the association’s funds is put toward to promoting specific educational projects of the fellows, such as the hike across the Alps. In 2015, 13 projects were selected out of 18 applications, and a total of 12,260 euros were donated.
Seventeen students in the seventh to ninth grades of the Heinz Brandt School in Berlin hiked over the Alps from Germany to Italy in 14 days.
The “Fritz Henkel Stiftung” foundation has been supporting “ArbeiterKind.de” since the fall of 2012. The initiative, which now has 6,000 volunteer mentors in Germany, helps potential university students from families that do not have a history of higher education. It provides support from the beginning of their academic careers all the way through to the successful completion of their studies. One hurdle in their educational path is often the subsequent entry into a profession. This is why Henkel collaborated with “ArbeiterKind.de” in organizing the “Project Career Start” workshop in June 2015. Henkel employees from different professions served as mentors and passed their experiences regarding career entry on to students who were about to graduate from university or who were already actively looking for a job.