Living out values at Holding Company level:


for society

In accordance with the Haniel values, the Holding Company also makes a social commitment beyond the core business. As a corporate citizen, it provides financial, factual and ideal support for initiatives and projects at its location in Duisburg – with the goal of increasing the quality of life in the city and creating long-term benefits for the region. In order to achieve more through a combined effort and to bundle skills together, Haniel works together with strong partners here. 

Social Impact Lab

In cooperation with non-profit organisation Social Impact gGmbH, the Prof. Otto Beisheim Foundation and the KfW Foundation, in 2015 Haniel set up an start-up lab for social entrepreneurs. This provides start-ups with business ideas tackling social challenges with a bursary including professional advice, coaching, workshops and the necessary working infrastructure. Haniel also believes that corporate responsibility means enabling staff to make a productive contribution to society through their know-how and skills. Specialist staff and managers can therefore volunteer as mentors in the start-up lab and support beneficiaries with their advice and expertise. As of 31 December 2017, 46 start-ups had already commenced or completed this programme. 24 companies have resulted from this incubator, 21 of which are still on the market. You can find more information on the Social Impact Lab Duisburg on the website.

Promoting Education

The Company and the Haniel Foundation in Duisburg work hand in hand in promoting education: in 2010 the cooperation project 'Bildung als Chance' ('Education as Opportunity') was established together with Ashoka Deutschland and the three social entrepreneurs apeiros e.V., Chancenwerk e.V. and Teach First Deutschland. All three initiatives pursue the same objective with their individual approaches: to break down barriers to education and to provide schoolchildren with a path to a successful future. The project now covers 23 schools in Duisburg, reaching around 2,000 schoolchildren per year. In addition to its focus on educational opportunities, the Haniel Foundation also concentrates on supporting young people by providing a variety of bursary programmes to talented future leaders, to help change society through sustainable ideas and creative approaches and to foster ethical entrepreneurship. 1,600 future leaders have been supported with bursaries thus far. You can find more information on the commitment of the Haniel Foundation on the webseite.

Site Responsibility

Site Responsibility In addition to the commitment described above, Haniel also champions a great many initiatives and projects at its business location. For example, together with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the City of Duisburg and the Duisburg Philharmonic, the Holding Company organises the Haniel Klassik Open Air concert every two years. This allowed the Company to offer the residents of Duisburg free access to high culture while enabling the music venues to reach new target groups.

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