Our commitment to the people at our locations, in the neighborhood, the positive shaping of our environment and the promotion of enthusiasm for technology are important to us. On the basis of our tradition, we see ourselves as an active member of society. This commitment is an added-value for both sides: the company and our society. We strengthen our social environment and thereby shape the framework conditions at the same time which have an important influence on the sustained success of the company.
The steel business of thyssenkrupp is committed – on the basis of the focal points defined by the group at its locations – in the fields of education/training and local corporate citizenship, among other things. At the regional and local level we see ourselves as a constructive contact person for our neighborhood.
Our commitment also includes the consistent implementation of the Group’s high compliance standards. For this reason, at thyssenkrupp, donations to political parties at home and abroad, party-related or party-like organizations, individual mandate holders, as well as to candidates for political offices are generally incompatible and inadmissible according to the Group’s understanding of its values. In addition, the pursuit of exclusively or predominantly private interests of board members or employees with funds of the Group is not permitted.
We maintain long-term partnerships based on trust.
“The steel industry is a strong driver for shaping the future of Europe.”
,,thyssenkrupp Steel hosted the second European Citizens’ Dialog, which is currently being held in border regions of the EU with a view to the 2019 European elections. True to the motto ‘Towards the European Elections: European Citizens, Let’s Talk!’ German and Dutch citizens exchanged ideas with representatives from politics and business. Dr. Sabine Maaßen, Member of the Executive Board and H.R. Director at thyssenkrupp Steel, comments, “Dialog is important. We are all facing increasingly complex challenges, and we can only meet these if we work together to shape our European future. A strong industrial sector has always been and still is the key contributor to economic and social stability in Europe.”
“We-together” – Help for refugees
At thyssenkrupp we embrace our social responsibility. And we live by values such as openness and tolerance, including in the current refugee crisis. The aid project Hilfe für Menschen in Not was quickly and efficiently organized by a large number of thyssenkrupp employees. That’s something we can be proud of.
Because we are firmly convinced that jobs play a key role in integrating refugees, we as a Group have launched the program ”we help”: In the next two years we will be creating an additional 150 apprenticeship places and 230 internships for refugees at our German companies.
Like us, other companies have initiated projects to integrate refugees. And under the name ”Wir-Zusammen – Integrations-Initiative der deutschen Wirtschaft” (“We-together – German Industry Integration Initiative”) 36 German companies have now joined together to promote the integration of refugees. thyssenkrupp is one of the initiators. On the website www.wir-zusammen.de participating companies are presenting their integration projects together for the first time. The website is designed to create transparency and provide orientation. But above all it offers practical examples to motivate other companies to actively contribute to the integration of refugees. The aim of “We-together” is to foster and grow a network of companies committed to promoting integration over the long term. To this end members of the network carry out independent integration projects and underpin them with dedicated sponsorships.
Partner of “Jugend forscht” (Youth researches)
We have been supporting “Jugend forscht”, the country’s largest and most successful competition for next-generation researchers in the fields of technology and natural sciences for several decades.
In “Jugend forscht” young scientists immerse themselves into research adventures. They go on a journey of discovery in the specialist areas of the working environment, biology, chemistry, Earth and space sciences, mathematics/computer science, physics and technology and work with formulas and structures, experience the fascination of technology, launch expeditions into the nano world or explore scientific phenomena of our or other planets. The program involves money prizes – but even more importantly – research visits, study trips and of course plenty of contacts.
Young people up to the age of 21 can take part in the competition. Younger schoolchildren who wish to take part must be in class 4 at least in the year of their registration. Anyone who wishes to participate does not need to be an Einstein or Columbus. But what the young researchers need are curiosity, creativity and perseverance.
The steel business of thyssenkrupp is a long-standing host of the regional competition in Duisburg. In addition, other cross-group regional competitions are held in North Rhine Westphalia, the Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland, as well as several national competitions together with the Stiftung Jugend forscht e. V.
Cooperation with schools and universities: The direct connection between science and technology
Furthering the talents of young people is of key importance to us. In the future we will continue to be reliant on the good ideas of our employees, which will be turned into innovative products and services. For this reason, the steel business of thyssenkrupp has built up an extensive cooperation network as part of its early recruitment of the next generation of our employees. The promotion of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is clearly to the fore. In numerous measures such as plant visits, student internships, experts in lessons, application trainings and career advice days, as well as events such as the Student Engineering Academy and Formula1 in school, it is possible to promote our younger generation in various fields.
Our aim: Familiarizing young people as early as possible with technology, reducing their inhibitions and enthusing them for technical training or studies in engineering.
The steel business of thyssenkrupp inspires the next generation of female students for technical professions and their educational opportunities. On the occasion of the nationwide Girls’ Day, the company opens up its doors at various locations for interested female students so that they can take a look behind the scenes at Germany’s largest steel producer.
At the modern training centers the female students who come from partner schools of the company can themselves take an active part: In small groups the next generation of potential employees weld and solder items with the help of trainers and trainees. Aim of the practical exercises: Reducing inhibitions and providing interesting access to technology.
The 42 km-long course of the Rhine-Ruhr marathon leads from one side of Duisburg to the other. Hand cyclists and in-line skaters, relay runners and runners for the half-marathon also line up at the start. thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG is the main sponsor of this large sporting event, which brings together a large number of people from the region every year. Those taking part also include many employees from our Group – they line up at the start not only at the City Marathon in Duisburg, but also at various sports events in the regions.