Corporate citizenship is Siemens’ voluntary commitment to delivering benefits for society in every country in which we operate. As defined by Werner von Siemens over 170 years ago, the company’s mission is to provide technologies that improve quality of life and create lasting value for society.
Based on the SDGs, we identify topics that are relevant for the development of a country and illustrate how we are making a positive contribution to achieving them. The goal of this approach is not to reduce the risks associated with the company’s business activities, but to give something back to the societies in which the company operates.
Thus, corporate citizenship is an important element of our company’s sustainability strategy, one that is embedded in our DEGREE framework, specifically the main focus is on “Equity”, which strengthens the identification of different target groups with the company, and on “Employability”, which is achieved through a range of training measures covering all phases of life.
Based on our core business and our competencies, we have defined three strategic focus areas for our activities, in which we realize partnerships that transform the everyday and pave society the way into future.
Access to basic supplies & sustaining communitiesWhile many of us live in a safe and secure environment there are people who cannot rely on the social and societal network around them to offer reasonable security and access to basic provision. Therefore, at Siemens we strive to contribute to the sustainable development of the regions, in which we operate.
Access to EducationMaking education accessible to all people is crucial to our future – and that of our company. This is why we work with hundreds of universities around the world and support several research collaborations. We want to spark enthusiasm in potential young scientists and engineers for relevant areas of learning like STEM and sustainability, and we want to provide them with the tools they need to tackle both current and future challenges.
Access to TechnologyWe want to share our knowledge in automation, digitization as well as intelligent infrastructure and make it accessible to people around the world. This know-how has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life of many and give them new perspectives for the future.
Diversity & Inclusion
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, regardless of origin, skin color, gender, language, religion or other views. At Siemens we value diversity as the inclusion and collaboration of different thinking, backgrounds, experiences, expertise and individual qualities across all organizational levels. We create possibilities for diverse experiences and interactions, with the overall goal of achieving a diversity of mindsets throughout the company.
Cents4Sense Donation Initiative
The Cents4Sense Donation Initiative enables Siemens employee shareholders around the world to donate the value of one dividend of one Siemens share towards selected social projects. Every donation is then matched by the company.
Since its launch in 2018, Cents4Sense has raised nearly €655,000 for selected social projects run by the Siemens Stiftung - a non-profit corporate foundation committed to promoting sustainable social development.
Some highlights of the projects that have benefitted from donations so far can be found below. All past and future projects of Cents4Sense represent our commitment to creating a meaningful impact in society, providing access to education and technology, and striving to make a contribution to sustainable communities.
Projects supported by Cents4Sense
Corporate volunteering plays an important role in leveraging and promoting corporate citizenship at Siemens. Volunteering is an efficient way for individuals to make a difference in society and helps to enhance employee satisfaction and retention. By promoting the exchange of knowledge and good practices, we hope to further strengthen our employees’ commitment, and making a difference in the communities we live in. At Siemens, employees are enabled and empowered to do volunteer work twice a week.
COVID-19 relief fund
In March 2020, the Siemens Managing Board decided to form a worldwide aid fund to help relieve and combat the coronavirus pandemic.
These donations support important aid projects worldwide and provide assistance, without red tape, to individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Siemens Foundations NetworkOur own Corporate Citizenship initiatives are complemented by a global network of Siemens corporate foundations. Besides Siemens Stiftung there are six more Siemens foundations around the world, all integrated into the Global Alliance of Siemens Foundations. The Siemens foundations in Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Denmark, France, and the US work at national level, while Siemens Stiftung, with its head office in Germany, works internationally.
The Siemens Stiftung
The non-profit corporate foundation is committed to promoting sustainable social development. In international project work, the foundation supports people in taking the initiative to responsibly address current challenges. To support this effort, the foundation collaborates with partners to develop solutions and programs with technological and social innovation playing a central role. With a start-up capital of 390 million Euros, Siemens Stiftung was established as a non-profit foundation under the German Civil Code.
- Areas of work: Basic needs & social entrepreneurship, education, culture
- Focus regions: Africa, Latin America, Europe
- Approach: operative, international, cooperative, transparent