Sustainability report 2021/22

Local commitment – our obligation to our site locations

Focus on educational partnerships

Our policy of social commitment is derived from Salzgitter AG’s group-wide site concept that defines criteria for the systematic and transparent promotion of cultural, social and sports projects and initiatives. The key aim of this concept is to improve the quality of life in the communities where our employees live. This in turn endeavors to strengthen and make visible the regional commitment shown by our respective company production sites. KHS’ commitment to society thus primarily takes place at a local level.

Many of the funding requests for social projects are directly addressed to us by our committed workforce. It is worth mentioning that in lots of cases our personnel have waived their own premiums to the benefit of these charitable institutions – such as the Control Cabinet Manufacture Final Assembly team who have provided the St. Vincent Jugendhilfe e.V. in Dortmund with financial support. The successful social ‘wish tree’ project in Dortmund that grants children at a local hospice a Christmas wish was also initiated by KHS employees.

A total of €111,000 was donated to charitable projects during the reporting period.

Focus on educational partnerships

Our commitment to society at a local level focuses on sponsoring community projects on the one hand, such as the Dortmund food bank, and on supporting long-term educational projects on the other. At our plants in Dortmund and Kleve especially lots of long-term educational partnerships have already been formed as a result. For example, we present our spectrum of apprenticeship and job profiles as part of our educational partnerships with local schools. In doing so, we make direct contact with school students and offer them extensive advice on related topics such as their personal life plans and career paths.

Moreover, we sponsor school classes and support various teaching formats with our expertise and materials. School students also have the chance to get to know our factories in situ. Here, they are given a full insight into what their future workplaces and fields of activity could look like. This also includes all aspects relevant to work, such as responsibility, corporate co-determination, in-house commitment and training courses to encourage and strengthen personal and social skills. This direct exchange is of great benefit to all those involved.

Awareness for the protection of the environment

In our partnerships with educational institutions issues relevant to the environment are also always on our agenda. Whether in specialist lectures at schools or when introducing students to our many different jobs in the classroom, we always actively address environmental protection issues and invite students to reflect on and discuss these together.


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