Family in Focus: social responsibility by conviction
We are a successful company and as such embrace our social responsibility. We feel duty bound to give something back to the society in which we all live. We have made the family the nucleus of this society - with regional projects such as support for a children’s hospice in Wuppertal and our international commitment to World Vision. Alongside these long-term lighthouse projects, we support numerous other social projects under our “Family in Focus” motto for people in need.
We do this in the best tradition of our American parent company Textron and its subsidiaries, which commit socially in numerous areas all over the world.
Klauke supports Burgholz Youth Hospice
Klauke have made it their aim to support organizations who help families in difficult situations - such as the Burgholz children’s and youth hospice in Wuppertal.
Company on the final journey
The Burgholz hospice accompanies dying children and young people on their final journey together with their parents, brothers and sisters. The facility allows families, including brothers and sisters, to move into the hospice with the child. During this time, the relatives are looked after and offered psychological support.
Laughter, hope and sorrow
The carers at the children’s hospice want to create beautiful moments for the families at such a difficult time, and become a second home. And so at the Burgholz hospice, they laugh, play, cry and mourn. “The important thing is that the families don’t incur any extra costs during their time with us. That’s why we are very grateful for Klauke’s financial support”, emphasised Kerstin Wuelfing from the Burgholz hospice.
Klauke employees support the commitment
And the Klauke workforce is also happy to contribute to this good deed. The proceeds from a prize draw at Klauke’s 2015 family festival amounting to 2.500 euro were also donated to the hospice, for example. “We are glad that we can pass on our family philosophy in the form of this commitment too”, says Marc Stawitzki, Director of Human Resources, summing up.
Klauke sponsors World Vision
We are an international company and as such think globally. This applies to our social commitment too. That’s why we support global projects that focus on the family - by sponsoring World Vision, for example.
Donating instead of giving …
… under this motto, Klauke has decided not to give customers expensive Christmas gifts. Instead, the company is taking responsibility for young people around the globe by sponsoring the World Vision aid organisation.
Help that actually arrives
Our sponsorship is currently supporting eight girls and four boys of between three and eighteen years old in „ Bolivia, Honduras, Vietnam, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Peru, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Chad“. Our monthly donation of 30 Euro goes straight to the children and their environment in which they live: The money is used to buy school materials and even build wells in the villages.
The highlight of the year for children and our employees is Christmastime: The time when our colleagues send each sponsored child their own gift pack containing toys and a hand-written Christmas greeting.
Well worth the effort: “The sponsored children write to us regularly and tell us about themselves. Often, we even get a recent photo too. Time and time again, this reinforces our decision and proves we are doing the right thing”, says Ricarda Bich, employee from sales.
Social projects within the Klauke group: Such a lot can be achieved even with small things
That’s why Klauke commits to numerous projects that provide genuine help quickly, without the red tape. Especially "children and education" are particularly important for Klauke.
Donations instead of gifts
Gustav Klauke GmbH has not been giving or sending out any presents around Christmas time for some years now. Instead, donations have been going out for instance to the Child and Youth Hospice Burgholz, an institute that we are very much associated with in a partnership-like manner. Some staff are already aware of this from their participation at the most recent summer festival, but others may not have been so familiar with it. That is the reason why Gustav Klauke GmbH took advantage of the last works assembly to also make the other staff aware of the institution and the donations being provided. The whole thing was crowned by the possibility of donating the amount which every member of staff was to receive for participating at the works assembly. We were delighted that more than one third of the participants availed themselves of this opportunity and so the proud sum of EUR 3,500 could be accumulated. It is absolutely certain that this amount will end up directly in the hands of those in need. And this makes summertime even more enjoyable and brighter for us!
Social Institution Day
Gustav Klauke GmbH has been providing the Burgholz Child and Youth Hospice with financial support for many years now. But that was never meant to be the end of things. That’s why on the last Sunday in June six staff members set out to give support in organising the summer festival there to celebrate their social institution day. It was all about entertaining the children at two of the stands that had been made available to us. A most diverse programme – that was very well received – could be enjoyed, a programme that included child make-up, a kind of coconut shy as well as many different types of games of skills.
First career insights at Klauke
It is particularly in the professional world that theory and practice differ greatly from one another. That is the reason why we support the idea of providing pupils with an early taste of things in various jobs. In cooperation with the Freien Oberschule Bernsdorf (independent grammar school in Saxony), 1-2 pupils some 2-3 times a year have the opportunity of getting to know different professions e.g. in the assembly area at Klauke during their school holidays or as part of a practical. These internships generally take between 4 days and 2 weeks. Our experience from this cooperation has been most positive and we very much hope that in the future, too, we shall be able to support young persons as they make their way forward in life.
Together for a good cause
Our trainees and instructors have been active – per guidance of the Klauke facility manager – in the former building of the Chamber of Commerce in Remscheid. Flats for children and youngsters that need intensive maintenance and service have been furnished.
The self-imposed target of the Klauke trainees was to design the entrance area in a pleasant way. Product design trainee Dennis Nowotny stated: It is our idea to bring in some color, as the old one appeared and looked very sterile. Selma Ergül who assisted the instructor Martin Schmulder explained that the trainees shall learn and internalize through such projects to engage and campaign themselves for others and to solve problems mutually.
Our trainees planthe next challenge of such nature in a children hospice.
Tool donation for politechnic school
Klauke Slovakia regularly donates tools to “Stredná odborná škola polytechnická“, the leading polytechnic in Dolny Kubin to support the training of skilled workers in this region.
Support for disadvantaged people
Help for the socially and mentally disadvantaged is close to our heart. Klauke Austria provides support to the Morgenstern Association and offers those with learning difficulties, as well as socially disadvantaged youths and young adults, traineeships in the workshop and office at our Austrian subsidiary in Leobersdorf.
Klauke “does school” in the region
For some years now, we have supported schools in Remscheid and the surrounding area - by donating items such as board games, rucksacks, colouring pencils, footballs and tools, for instance. Specifically, Klauke was involved in the rebuilding of the burned-down “GGS Gemeinschaftsgrundschule Eisernstein” school in Remscheid. We also supported the schooling activities at the BZI Remscheid (Industry Vocational Training Centre) and gave learning materials to many disadvantaged children.
Klauke trainees bring colour to the game
In 2014, our trainees participated in a voluntary programme to give the local “Sprungbrett“ nursery and the child day care centre in Radevormwald a new lick of paint.