Social responsibility

WE FEEL RESPONSIBLE

Our world has many “construction sites”. Of course, it would be easy to simply complain about them. But we can also thank the people who approach them with passion and sacrifice. Day after day. People who act. People who come together in projects, associations, initiatives, organizations and foundations to make the world a better place. Our thanks and support go to all of them! For many years we have been trying to help and finance projects and initiatives that are committed to the protection of the environment, social issues and culture.

People & Community

More than one in five children in Germany grows up in poverty. Over the past few years, we have been able to support a large number of initiatives, projects and foundations that take care of the well-being of children and young people in their important work. A very good example is the “German Children’s and Youth Foundation – DKJS”, which is self-sacrificing to help all and to give children a good start in life.

Accommodation for refugees

Sometimes, we also have special opportunities to help quickly: Shortly after Russia’s attack on Ukraine, we were able to make one of our existing properties – a hotel in Berlin’s Friedrichshain district – available to refugees from Ukraine at very short notice in an uncomplicated and very short-term manner. In cooperation with the Berlin City Mission, the UNIONSHILFSWERK took over the operation of the facility and was able to accommodate around 300 people. The city of Berlin has compiled a list of help options here, and further support is always welcome.

Medical assistance

The “Doctors Without Borders” certainly do not have to be introduced to anyone anymore. This organization has made a name for itself worldwide. Wherever medical help is needed, volunteer doctors are on duty. And yet funds are constantly needed – for logistics, equipment, medicines and bandages. Donating here has been a good old tradition for us, because every euro arrives exactly where it really helps.

Art & History

A visit to the Nationalgalerie, whether the old or the new, is always a lasting experience. Here, too, we took the initiative to help, because only if all of Berlin sticks together and pulls together will the unique diversity of museums be preserved in the long run – as well as the traditional face of the capital with all its historic buildings. The Berlin State Monuments Office is responsible for their preservation, which is also dependent on donations and help from civil society and businesses for their complex projects.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS ELBPHILHARMONIE

The Elbphilharmonie is certainly one of the most ambitious cultural building projects of our time. The “Freundeskreis Elbphilharmonie” is committed to enabling a wide variety of culture in the Elbphilharmonie and bringing international stars and newcomers to the Elbe metropolis.

Studio space for “Innerfields”

Since August 2020, we have been making rooms available to the artist collective “Innerfields” as studio space. The aim of this cooperation is not only to create space for the artists to be creative – but also to offer attractive added value to the residents in the surrounding area.

Oceans without plastic

sea pollution is a global problem. The ever-increasing mass of plastic waste in the world’s oceans will soon be greater than that of all fish! Nabu – Naturschutzbund Deutschland e. V. – has tackled this topic with the project “Oceans without Plastic”, among other things.

Coast protection

Constantly exposed to the forces of nature in the form of waves, wind, frost and rain, there is a natural erosion on many coastal sections. Researcher have developed several measures to at least slow down and limit this process. In connection with the construction of the new Kurhaus in Sellin on the island of Rügen, we supported “Meere ohne Plastik”.

The important project contributes to the preservation of the Baltic Sea coast with elaborate measures.Das bedeutsame Projekt trägt mit aufwändigen Maßnahmen zum Erhalt der Ostseeküste bei.

City trees

The problems in cities like Berlin are much more local: Bad climate in the city centre, traffic noise, particulate matter and increasing drought are a big headache for Berliners. During the development of our green- building-lighthouse project SILVA, we became particularly aware that trees can solve many problems: they provide shade, provide noise protection, bind particulate matter and improve the microclimate in inner cities. The “City Tree Campaign” of the Berlin Senate Department for the Environment, Mobility, Consumer and Climate protection ensures that more trees appear in the cityscape again. At the start of each new real estate project, we support this important initiative with the planting of new urban trees.

HELP US TO HELP

There are countless good and important projects and initiatives that deserve to be supported. We will be happy to help in the future whenever possible and look forward to new projects and further inspiration.