Community engagement

Community engagement has been a longstanding tradition for most of the voestalpine companies. Support for concrete projects takes place in the form of the collection of donations in kind, financial contributions, or volunteering by voestalpine employees.

Some examples of typical projects:

Böhler Uddeholm Deutschland GmbH

In 2011, a Christmas celebration was organized jointly with partner companies for children with an immigrant background. The CEOs of the participating companies read Christmas stories to the children and then distributed small gifts.

voestalpine Meincol S.A., Brazil

The company supports the “Casa do Adolescente,” a youth center run by the Franciscan Order, where 60 needy children receive a warm lunch every day at their school.

Böhler Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co KG, Kapfenberg, Austria

In collaboration with “Jugend am Werk,” an organization for people with disabilities, each year, the company produces a limited edition of gifts for New Year’s. Apprentices in the Kapfenberg plant produce the metal parts; the clients of “Jugend am Werk” make the packaging in their workshop.

ZAO voestalpine Arkada Profil, Russia

The orphanage in Sofrino, 50 kilometers north-west of Moscow, received financial support from the company; employees donated clothing and games.

Böhler Bleche GmbH & Co KG, Mürzzuschlag, Austria

For the last 20 years, a collection has been made for a charitiable cause at the traditional Christmas concert by the works band. The collections support employees who are in financial distress through no fault of their own and other recipients.

voestalpine Stamptec Dettingen, Germany

Once a week, apprentices visit persons with physical and intellectual disabilities and spend several hours going on walks with them, playing games, or reading aloud to them.

Böhler Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG, Kapfenberg, Austria

For more than 15 years, the company has sponsored an SOS Children’s Village; the Works Council bodies sponsor the Children’s Village with the same amount. The Children’s Village receives financial support, and several of the young people living in the Children’s Village have been trained as apprentices at Böhler Edelstahl.

In addition to projects in the proximity of the individual sites, voestalpine is also a major donor to projects worldwide, for example, after the major earthquakes in Pakistan (in collaboration with the “Licht ins Dunkel” charity organization), and Japan (construction of an orphanage in collaboration with Caritas, an Austrian charity organization).

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