Our commitment to society

Social commitment has a firm place in Evonik’s corporate culture and our understanding of values. As a company, our aim it to create vallue for society that goes beyond our own growth targets. Our donations and sponsorship activities complement the wide-ranging contributions made by the personal commitment of our employees worldwide.

Strategy and Management

Our commitment comprises donations and sponsorship activities, with a special focus on Evonik’s core competencies: creativity, specialization, self-renewal, and reliability. We only sponsor projects and initiatives that fit our core brand. In addition, our aim is to foster the positive development of society around our sites worldwide. Our operating units support their own projects tailored to their business and local communities - within our strategic guidelines, which are set out in our policies on donations and sponsorship. Overall, we concentrate our social commitment on the areas of education and science, social projects, culture, and sports.

Donations and sponsorship

Evonik provided €3.7 million for donations and sponsorship projects in 2019. This budget was used principally for science & education, social projects, culture & the arts, and sports.

The Evonik Group's activities in 2019

The Young Spirit initiative lives from the commitment of our employees, who enjoy passing on their enthusiasm for science to children aged between four and ten on a voluntary basis. A new digital collaboration platform with video-based content enables the volunteers to pass on their knowledge without being tied to specific times or locations. This initiative is increasingly becoming an international network, with volunteers conducting self-organized experimental days at schools and preschools and encouraging children’s passion for science with the aid of hands-on experiments. The number of volunteers has now increased to around 250.

We have close contact with many schools close to our sites. In 2019, we continued to develop the Evonik Cyber Classroom for our partner schools. This virtual 3D learning system is now also available as an app for smartphones and tablet PCs for use in chemistry lessons. In Mumbai (India), we provided educational materials for children and teachers at an elementary school. In Myanmar, we supported a project to improve the infrastructure at a local elementary school. In Tippecanoe (Indiana, USA), we helped teachers organize special educational programs in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Given the history of our company, we are sensitive to attempts to trivialize the Nazi period. In the reporting period, Evonik therefore sponsored a trip to Auschwitz by holocaust studies students in Frankfurt and made a financial contribution to an exhibition at the Historical Museum in Frankfurt on the city in the Nazi period. Other activities included an excursion by a 40-member delegation comprising employees of Evonik and Borussia Dortmund to the Auschwitz memorial. We also supported an exhibition about the history of I.G. Farben and the Monowitz concentration camp by organizing an extensive supplementary program of events in Dortmund.

In 2019, we continued our partnership with the intonations chamber music festival in Berlin, the Balthasar-Neumann choir and ensemble conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock, the Ruhr festival in Recklinghausen, the lit.RUHR literature festival in Essen, the Küppersmühle museum in Duisburg, and the “TUP in schools” theater program for children and young people in Essen.

Evonik supports both popular and professional sports activities. For example, through the BVB Evonik Soccer Academy, we aim to encourage kids’ passion for soccer around the world. In summer 2019, the academy once again toured the USA for Evonik: during a foreign tour by the team, the professional soccer players once again provided training sessions for several hundred children.

Evonik supported many social and ecological projects in 2019, including Saber Viver (learning to live) at the Barra do Riacho site in Brazil. Through various educational and socio-cultural offerings, this initiative fosters children and young people in order to strengthen bonds with families, schools, and the community. In South Africa, we supported various projects by the Utho Ngathi organization, which encourages the integration of young people with disabilities in rural areas.