Siemens AG employees worldwide can now make monetary donations to Caring Hands by
specifying “COVID-19” as the purpose of the gift. Siemens AG will match every
euro donated, meaning the company will donate the same amount to Caring Hands. In
accordance with its articles of association, the charity itself will then
channel the funds to those who need them most.
“Both medically and socially, COVID-19 is a challenge
of a kind that the world as a whole has never seen before in peacetime. Now,
acting responsibly is more important than ever – for our company’s future, for
the health and economic security of our workforce and business partners, but
also for the cohesion of societies around the world,” said Joe Kaeser,
President and CEO of Siemens AG. “Many people have helped make us the strong,
successful company we are today. And now we want to help those who are doing
excellent work, day in and day out, in serving the sick and needy during this
time of crisis. That’s why I’m calling on our management and employees
worldwide to donate generously. Every euro counts. I want to start things off by personally contributing €1 million.”
an alternative or as a supplement, the Managing Board and Senior Management
will also have the option of voluntarily waiving vacation time. Siemens will
then donate a corresponding amount to Caring Hands by reversing accruals for
this purpose. No matching by the company is planned for this form of donation.
a nonprofit organization, Caring Hands will use the donations to support coordinated
projects and aid programs and to buy urgently needed products. The goal is to
deliver aid rapidly and unbureaucratically to people affected by the
coronavirus pandemic worldwide. The Board of Caring Hands will manage
distribution of the aid fund.
Siemens Caring Hands e.V. is a charitable association that was founded at the initiative of Siemens AG in 2001. At the time, Siemens AG Management and employees wanted to provide direct, uncomplicated assistance to victims of the September 11 attacks. Caring Hands also reacted in 2004 to the large-scale tsunami in Asia and in 2013 to the historic flood of the Elbe River in Germany. The charity has also provided assistance in response to several other natural disasters. Siemens is fundamentally committed to making a significant effort to serve society. The company spends some €80 million for donations and charitable sponsoring each year.