We give back.
There are many aspects in which we, as a company, benefit from social services and circumstances: state-sponsored educational institutions provide some extremely well-trained and talented young professionals, in many places our activities can rely on well-developed infrastructure, and policymakers and the judicial system maintain reliable conditions for the sustainable development of our business.
Mindful of this, it is only natural that we give something back to society through our own commitments. When selecting activities to pursue, we follow clear criteria: A project must be a good match – i.e. it must embody the values we represent, be closely linked to our business activities, or be established in our locations’ local environment or markets.
Our strategic focus is on projects and activities which
- advance education and science,
- protect people and the environment, or
- support the principles of the UN Global Compact.
We usually cooperate with charitable organizations and in doing so concentrate the strengths of several partners. Due to the similar field, we have a close relationship with the organization Engineers Without Borders, which we have supported financially for many years. This organization plans its own technical aid projects and carries them out locally, and supports other aid organizations and those in need by providing knowledge to overcome problems of an engineering nature. They also conduct research and explanatory work in the field of sustainable technological development.
Additionally, our TÜV Rheinland Foundation is committed to social issues and supports charitable projects. You can learn more about the foundation’s work under the following link.
As a corporate citizen, we also feel a responsibility to contribute to our local community. Thus, we help and support our employees volunteer in social and environmental projects.
The Cologne Volunteer Days have been a fixture in the calendar of our headquarters for many years. With this activity, employees donate one day of their work to a social project closely linked with the company's business. There’s a wide range of projects: From shared projects with persons with disabilities to the beautification and care of a park. In other TÜV Rheinland Group locations, volunteer days are also de rigueur for our corporate responsibility.
On top of that, in 2009, we started an interactive online platform on our corporate intranet for employees who want to volunteer time and skills. Here, they can share their project experiences with like-minded people, present new projects, or simply find inspiration for their own volunteer work. Concerts for the community, child sponsorships in a variety of countries, actions against forced prostitution – on the interactive volunteer platform volunteers can exchange experiences and people interested in volunteering can find inspiration and contacts.
Charitable projects worldwide
TÜV Rheinland's commitment to responsible action is also reflected in our social involvement. This commitment is palpable in the many initiatives and projects we run in the company's individual locations. With company-wide fundraisers, we support affected disaster areas and take on long-term sponsorships in emerging markets.
A selection of our charitable projects worldwide can be found here.