MEYLE’s donation and development partnerships
MEYLE has been committed to social issues for years. It all started with company founder Wulf Gaertner visiting and supporting the SOS Children’s Village in Guatemala following a trip to Central America. Various support cooperations have come about since then, including with the friends’ association of the children’s hospital in Beira and the association Heim-statt Tschernobyl e.V.
The strategic framework of our engagement
• Regional: giving the socially disadvantaged a chance
• International: tackling the causes of flight
• Non-political and non-religious: making independent decisions
• Long-term: offering project organisers better plannability based on long-term cooperations
• Transparency: ‘Do good and talk about it’
• Sustainability: offering capacity development
MEYLE support: education, health care, environmental protection
MEYLE AG has made a lasting commitment to supporting social projects and development partnerships. With a great deal of dedication, the company uses financial resources to assist disadvantaged communities in a variety of countries, focusing in particular on projects that promote education, health care and environmental protection.
MEYLE works closely with non-profit organisations to ensure that its endeavours are effective. Its financial support plays a part in sustainably improving many people’s lives and effecting positive societal change. MEYLE is proud to play its part and assume corporate responsibility by promoting social projects around the world. MEYLE champions helping people in need to act independently and responsibly. The objective is to effect inclusive and structurally relevant change within society and open up new prospects.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
MEYLE supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These were adopted in September 2015 in the 2030 Agenda and comprise 17 goals and 169 targets that seek to preserve the planet for future generations. They include the promotion of environmental and climate protection, combating global hunger, increasing peace and fairness, and realising equal education opportunities. These goals highlight the challenges that humankind must overcome in the years to come.
MEYLE supports education projects as education is an important basis for career and societal success. A good education can help overcome poverty.
MEYLE focuses on improving access to primary, secondary and tertiary education, including vocational preparation and career guidance. In this way, education is promoted when children are still young, youth unemployment is reduced worldwide, decent work is promoted, resilience against crises is boosted and self-determined life is made possible. Here, the company is contributing to SDG 4 Quality Education. SDG 4 and its targets seek to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all. This creates the conditions for decent work and balanced economic growth.
MEYLE focuses its sponsorship on medium- to long-term education and infrastructure projects. The company promotes career training programmes to afford young people better opportunities in the labour market, their own income and an independent life.
MEYLE contributes to SDG 4 by financially supporting SOS Children’s Villages’ Eastern Europe youth programme. You can find more information on the programme here: Progress report, SOS Children’s Villages’ Eastern Europe youth programme (PDF).
MEYLE has been supporting two ‘vegetable patch academies’ at two schools near its headquarters since 2021: Schule Jenfelder Straße & Gymnasium Meiendorf.
In these GemüseAckerdemie academies, children learn about where the food on our plates comes from, together with their teachers on the school’s own vegetable patch. They jointly assume responsibility for their vegetable patch and come to understand the impact of their actions. The aim is to get young people excited about nature and sustainability!
Outdoor schools pursue a pedagogical approach which involves schoolchildren heading outdoors every week to discover their regional nature and culture. This promotes environmental understanding and knowledge about local biodiversity. During the learning walks, ecosystems are explored and the significance of protecting biodiversity is emphasised, making education for sustainable development (ESD) an important aspect of the teaching. The days spent outdoors each week meet both professional and social learning targets, and have been recognised as an innovative ESD learning opportunity by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). MEYLE supports the primary schools Schule An der Gartenstadt and Grundschule Am Hagen.
Outdoor schools have been recognised in UNESCO’s ESD for 2030 programme, see here.
Supports the following SDGs:
- 3 Good Health and Well-Being
- 4 Quality Education
- 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
- 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
- 15 Life on Land
- 17 Partnerships for the Goals
MEYLE contributes to various topics addressed by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by financially supporting social projects.
The German Muscle Foundation focuses on promoting science and research in the area of muscle disease, in particular spinal muscular atrophy. It also offers public relations and support for those affected and their families. Even though limited state funds are made available in Germany for basic research, there is an urgent need for the development of therapies as there are children developing this disease or dying every year. Sustained research could lead to potential therapies that call for considerable financial support.
Supports SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
The Hamburg food banks collect retailers’ and producers’ surplus food and distribute it at 31 food distribution points in and around the city.
This is an idea that everyone benefits from – the food retailers and producers assume social responsibility while the people in need receive high-quality food for only a few pennies or even for free and are also given motivation for the future. And at the same time, the volume of waste is reduced, doing the environment good and conserving valuable resources.
Supports SDG 2 Zero Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
The Bugenhagenschule schools run by the Alsterdorf Evangelical Foundation in Hamburg consist of a primary and district school, a secondary school and a special-needs school. A wheelchair-accessible school playground is to be supported with the MEYLE donation made in 2022, to promote inclusive play and do justice to the different schoolchildren’s needs. This includes, for example, a special wheelchair roundabout.
The Geschwisterkinder (Kid Siblings) days are a pedagogical service which addresses the day-to-day questions that arise for kids who have a disabled sibling in their family. All the details of the Geschwisterkinder project can be found in the project report here (PDF).
The Hamburger Anker theme fund helps families in difficulty by combating isolation, highlighting problems and offering social support. The focus here is on promoting loving bonds and improving the parents’ welfare. The involvement of trained volunteers to integrate them into the community is hugely important.
MEYLE supports SOS Children’s Villages in Syria and Guatemala. It all started with company founder Wulf Gaertner visiting and supporting the SOS Children’s Village in Guatemala following a trip to Central America. These engagements contribute to SDG 1 No Poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Hermann-Gmeiner-Fonds Deutschland e.V. is the largest association for the funding of the SOS Children’s Villages and other social facilities worldwide. Its aim is to support the work of the SOS Children’s Villages around the world to offer abandoned children a home and strengthen families. Being funded through the Hermann Gmeiner Foundation is so sustainable because the capital is preserved and the foundation’s annual interest income is permanently put towards the SOS Children’s Villages.
Supporting this association contributes to SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities: Reduce inequality within and among countries.
MEYLE contributes to various topics addressed by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by financially supporting environmental projects.
SOS Ethiopia Stoves is a project run by the CSA consortium and partners since 2014 to promote environmentally friendly, energy-saving stoves in Ethiopia. All the details can be found here in the project report (PDF).
The SOS Somaliland Hydroponic Project is an initiative of SOS Children’s Villages which promotes the use of hydroculture systems in Somalia. All the details can be found in the project report here (PDF).
MEYLE supports Stiftung Unternehmen Wald, a non-profit foundation that promotes nature conservation, environmental education and sustainable forest management. This has resulted in thousands of new trees and shrubs being planted: MEYLE climate protection certificate (PDF) and Siek project climate protection certificate (PDF).
At the MEYLE Summer Convention, the participants were able to adopt trees, thereby actively contributing to reforestation and forest protection. The event also served as an opportunity for networking, knowledge exchange and discussions regarding current topics related to environmental protection and sustainability. A total of 200 trees were adopted.
MEYLE is having 200 trees planted in Hohenaspe by PLANT-MY-TREE. In this way, MEYLE is making an important contribution to climate protection through carbon offsetting.
The trees can, of course, be visited and can be located using the following coordinates: 53°58'15.9" N 9°32'44.5"E.
Here are two pictures of the planting site with the trees and the certificate:
MEYLE also financially supports aid programmes around the world in the event of crises and disasters, to provide the emergency staff and the people on the ground with urgent assistance.
SOS Children’s Villages Ukraine supports children and families in need by offering them alternative families, education, medical aid and psychosocial care to combat the consequences of war and destruction. All the details can be found in the project report (PDF).
Donations through employee initiatives
Fundraising projects, which are initiated and co-sponsored by our employees.
As part of the MeyParts programme, employees have the opportunity to get their personal vehicles checked and repaired. As a thank you, donations will be collected to financially support the Sternenbrücke children’s hospice. A considerable sum has already been collected thus far. You can find more information about Sternenbrücke here.
One of our MEYLE employees is once again participating in a charity rally to collect donations for Trockendock e. V – an alcohol- and drug-free youth music centre based in Hamburg, which looks after youngsters between the ages of 12 and 25. Even MEYLE participated and contributed to this campaign. You can find more information about Trockendock e.V. here.
During the coronavirus pandemic, a donation box was set up in the company canteen for the Hamburg food banks. The goal: to motivate employees to support the Hamburg food banks during this particularly difficult time. A significant sum of money was collected, with MEYLE generously rounding off the amount. You can find more information about the Hamburg food banks here.
MEYLE employees also initiated a fundraising campaign for relief efforts in Ukraine and collected numerous donations in cash and kind. Donated items were then sent to a MEYLE customer in Poland, who also organised a similar fundraiser. The monetary donations were then used to provide other needed relief supplies for the people in Ukraine.
Another initiative by one of our colleagues led to a three-week long campaign, in which MEYLE employees competed against each other in teams to save CO2. Points were awarded for completing green tasks and for demonstrating sustainable behaviour and lifestyles. The more points collected (or CO2 saved), the higher the donation amount made by MEYLE to non-profit organisations such as WWF, Atmosfair and Albert Schweitzer Stiftung. Thanks to the active participation of our employees, we saved a total of around 4.5 tonnes of CO2! And that’s not all. Employees could also contribute with suggestions for more sustainability – and a number of wonderful ideas were collected and subsequently added to our idea management process.
In the coming years, we hope to be able to expand our support efforts even further in order to make our additional contribution to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and thus enable those in need to have long-term prospects for the future while at the same time protecting the environment.
Of course, donations from you are also important and welcome. Instead of monetary donations, there is also the possibility - and also a special need - for motivated volunteers in various non-profit organisations, such as the Bürgerstiftung Hamburg in various exciting projects. Feel free to contact us for more information at: cr(at)meyle.com
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our employees - we could not do this without you!