The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $122 million in the U.S. to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. Our mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning at the heart of all Siemens’ companies.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Siemens Foundation is providing $1.5 million to community health centers across 12 U.S. cities (please see video, at right). Community health centers are the nation’s largest primary care provider for the medically under-served and uninsured, reaching 29 million of those most in-need. As a result of COVID-19, these health centers face a shortage of funding to stay operational and maintain a sufficient workforce, further crippling their ability to provide affordable healthcare at a critical time. Aligning with its dedication to social equity, the non-profit organization established by Siemens USA, including funding provided by Siemens Healthineers, is committed to supporting these critical healthcare providers so they can continue serving their communities when they are needed most.
Enriching our CommunitiesSiemens enriches the communities where we do business by fostering sustainability and educational opportunities that create real and lasting value. As part of our commitment, Siemens donated more than $23 million in 2019 globally.
We strive to create shared value in the U.S., while strengthening our business performance.
Our commitment stands on four pillars:
We share our innovative solutions across the U.S., improving education and workforce development. Key examples include:
- The Global Academic Partnership Program: Siemens PLM Software partners with academic institutions to provide software and support and improve their ability to develop top-notch engineers and technologists. With in-kind technology grants, students have access to the same Siemens PLM software used by more than 140,000 companies to design, develop and manufacture the world’s most sophisticated products. More than 1 million students at 3,000+ educational institutions in the U.S. and 66 other countries utilize PLM software.
- Through the Siemens Cooperates with Education (SCE) initiative, more than 500 universities, K-12 schools, and community colleges in the U.S. partner with Siemens on leading-edge industrial technologies in their classrooms and on research projects. Siemens provides support through equipment, software, instructor training and technical guidance. During summer break, more than 100 instructors from 60 different schools participate in summer workshops.
- In 2018, Siemens expanded its apprenticeship program focused on advanced manufacturing to a total of 9 states.
Our future depends on knowledgeMaking education accessible to all people is crucial to America’s future and our next-gen workforce. In just the past few years, Siemens has granted more than $3 billion worth of hardware and industrial software to community colleges and universities. We serve higher education institutions by maintaining holistic relationships that focus on the development of people, business, and research and development. We also engage with K-12 students, sparking enthusiasm and inspiring young scientists and engineers. Examples of these efforts include:
Siemens and the University of Central Florida
Siemens and the University of Central Florida have been academic partners for more than 30 years. We’ve worked on more than $10 million worth of research and development together in the past 20 years. Our partnership includes an on-campus Data Analytics Lab, a Center of Innovation for Diagnostics & Prognostics, and the Siemens Energy Center, in which cutting-edge emerging energy solutions are developed.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering
An annual event, open to public middle and high-schoolers in the greater Chicago area, to educate and encourage girls to enter engineering. Siemens engineers speak on their education/careers to give the girls an in-depth look at what an engineering career could be. The event also includes engaging technical projects and a facility tour. This event has hosted nearly 1,500 young women since 2005.
Siemens sponsorships in engineering
Pledging to become carbon-neutral by 2030, Siemens has launched numerous energy efficiency programs, leveraging distributed-energy systems, reducing fleet emissions and purchasing clean energy—all to reduce our own carbon footprint. In 2018, Siemens was ranked #1 in its industry on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and appeared on Corporate Knights' 2018 and 2019 lists of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. Additionally, Siemens is taking a leadership role in the sustainability arena, participating in a variety of industry events, including Climate Week.
Siemens is a richly multicultural organization with diversity practices built on awarenesss and respect for local histories, cultures and needs. Key highlights:
- Siemens sponsors 10 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) formed by employees with commonalities in areas such as ethnicity, gender, disability and sexual orientation. With 10,000 members, ERGs offer an inclusive, supportive environment, networking opportunities, tools to promote personal and professional development and access to mentoring networks.
- With LIFE@Siemens, a program of the SiemensAbility Employee Resource Group, Siemens provides internships for high school students, between the ages of 18 and 22, with intellectual disabilities. Students learn essential work and life skills such as social interactions, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.
- In 2018, Siemens was selected for the 15th straight year as a Top Supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
- Siemens supports our nation’s veterans as they return to the civilian workforce, hiring 2,000 veterans since 2011. In 2016, we committed to hiring at least 300 veterans every year
for the next three years.