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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2014
As part of our corporate engagement, we enter into social partnerships in the communities where Henkel operates, in an effort to support social initiatives and public institutions. Education is a basic prerequisite for both personal individual development and for society. It is for this reason that education initiatives are among the priorities of our corporate engagement. In addition, we support sports clubs, hospitals, kindergartens, schools and universities, charity organizations, and cultural events. We do not support political parties.
A mentoring project for socially disadvantaged children in South Korea is off to a good start. After winning a 25,000 euros grant in celebration of the 15th anniversary of MIT in 2013, the “Learning for a life without poverty for children” initiative has helped around 80 young people. The program will run through the end of December 2014.
With the help of two children’s centers in Seoul, 10 Henkel volunteers have been mentoring children in the areas of language education, cultural exploration and sports activities. Henkel volunteers have organized camping trips, lectures and a visit to Henkel Korea Technical Center in Seoul.
“It can be easy to forget the people around us,” says Henkel employee and project leader Cheoljong Kim. “That is why we open our eyes and look outwards to see if we can help. The volunteers have been able to make a difference to the lives of youngsters from poorer families who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to broaden their horizons.”
As a part of the “Learning for a life without poverty for children” initiative, Henkel mentors spent time with socially disadvantaged children. Activities included a camping trip.
As a part of the “Learning for a life without poverty for children” initiative, Henkel mentors spent time with socially disadvantaged children. Activities included a field trip.
One of the goals of the “Fritz Henkel Stiftung” foundation is to improve education and job opportunities for young people. In 2013, the foundation expanded its partnership with the educational initiative Teach First Deutschland and is now a lead supporter of the program. The program supports university graduates who work as fellows in schools with socially disadvantaged students.
Sebastian Kesper smiles as he remembers his first months as a Teach First Fellow in 2013. “It was a roller-coaster ride,” Kesper says, who is now in his second year of the two-year program. First he had to win the trust and respect of his students, 9th and 10th graders at a secondary school in Düsseldorf. “It was a challenge to build a solid standing, but now the students see me as a role model.”
Kesper says he has observed positive developments among his students over the last year, particularly in the test-preparation courses he teaches for mathematics. “Students come to me and say, ‘Now I understand!’” he says. “The students realize that the time I am able to invest in them as a fellow is so beneficial.”