Social projects & initiatives
World AIDS Day (since 2010)
Each year, KAEFER shows its support for World AIDS Day on 1 December. Stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV or suffering from AIDS is still a strong reality. We at KAEFER commit a policy of zero discrimination. Therefore, we want to take the opportunity during World AIDS Day to remind everyone at KAEFER that we should fight prejudice!
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
KAEFER has been supporting the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen for several years now - a world famous orchestra with a unique social engagement. Originally, it was founded by young music students and is now organised as a company. The orchestra’s rehearsal rooms are situated in a school in Bremen, where children from many different cultures and sometimes difficult social backgrounds are attending. Therefore, integration is a very important issue. Music is a good way of promoting a close relationship to the pupils and encouraging a lively exchange of ideas.
KAEFER also supports the “Kunsthalle” (art museum) in Bremen, Germany which offers on-site projects and workshops for children, the elderly and other citizens that are not able to visit the museum.
Pink October & Blue November
KAEFER in Brazil, through its subsidiary RIP Servicios Industriais, plays an active role in the worldwide “Pink October” and “Blue November” campaigns, designed to raise awareness of breast cancer and prostate cancer respectively.
Both forms of cancer are common, but responsive to treatment if diagnosed early enough. The campaigns emphasise the potentially life-saving importance of regular self-examinations and visits to the doctor.
Running for the good cause
Every year, the KAEFER Running Team successfully participates in various fundraising runs in order to promote team spirit, solidarity and show their support for people in need. In 2019, money was raised for various charitable causes, from allowing people living with a mental disability to experience the joy of sport, a young Peruvian athlete to pursue her goals, to exercise and sports facilities, for people suffering from cancer and a wells project in Uganda. In 2020, the Venuslauf even became a successful global event, supported by the KAEFER FOUNDATION.
KAEFER apprentices: seizing opportunities at home and far afield
During the last years KAEFER and the Sportgarten e.V. in Bremen continued their long-standing collaboration. Every year, two apprentices from KAEFER in Bremen go to South Africa to immerse themselves into the work and home life of a social project in the Durban area. It is a scholarship from the Sportgarten in Bremen in cooperation with the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Verein Partnerschaft-Bremen-Durban.
During their time in South Africa, they usually help in refurbishing projects, e.g. installing running water pipes, building school equipment from metal or upgrading sanitary facilities.
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October. In order to raise the awareness for this important topic, KAEFER entities worldwide participate with different initiatives, e.g. colleagues on different site organise sessions where they discuss mental health in the workplace.
Emergency financial assistance for students (2021)
Bremen welcomes more than 5,000 international students every year. Many of them live at the lower income limit as they usually do not receive any financial support from their families, but work along the way. They can quickly find themselves in financial distress through no fault of their own, especially in these difficult times of a pandemic. Therefore, the KAEFER FOUNDATION decided to support XENOS e.V., a charitable organisation that helps those students in need with the aim to enable them to complete their studies quickly and successfully.
Supporting people in need in times of COVID-19
During the global pandemic, KAEFER colleagues all over the world were trying to help people affected the most by the crisis. RIP, KAEFER’s entity in Brazil, provided cleaning and disinfection services for a local hospital and the colleagues in Spain supported a medical center with protective equipment. In South Africa, food parcels and community masks were distributed and KAEFER WANNER in France started to produce protective masks in their own workshop, donating them for a good cause. Also, the KAEFER FOUNDATION got involved in order to help: Link
Supporting Refugees (since 2016)
During the last years a large number of people decided to leave their countries due to civil wars, economic crisis and terrorism. Many of them came to Germany. Supported by KAEFER emloyees, the KAEFER FOUNDATION was able for instance to donate much needed socks and painting materials for children to an emergency shelter. Moreover, sports clothing, school materials and Christmas presents have been donated to a local youth welfare organisation that takes care of nearly 40 unaccompanied minors from different countries.
Christmas calendar for the good cause (2020)
In December, KAEFER’s Headquarters in Bremen again turn into a giant advent calendar. Each day, a local charity receives a donation by the KAEFER FOUNDATION in order to support their efforts and work. The full list of organisations that are part of this year’s calendar can be found on our LinkedIn page.
Fulfilling Christmas wishes (2020)
In 2020, the KAEFER FOUNDATION supported the WK Weihnachtshilfe, an initiative in Bremen, Germany that aims to fulfill Christmas wishes of children from families that are facing financially difficult times. Thanks to the donation from the foundation as well as from other generous donors, the organization was able to make all wishes come true.
German Bone Marrow Donor Center registration event in Bremen (2019)
In November 2019 the Deutsche Knochenmark Spenderdatei (DKMS) or German Bone Marrow Donor Center registration event supported by the KAEFER FOUNDATION took place in the HQ and branch office in Bremen. It was a great success – 56 colleagues have registered as potential stem cell donors.