18. Corporate Citizenship

The company discloses how it contributes to corporate citizenship in the regions in which it conducts its core business activities.

Employer With its 9,986 employees¹), Munich Airport Group is the second-largest employer at the site after Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The neighboring Freising job center region, which also covers the Dachau, Ebersberg, and Erding districts, has one of the lowest levels of unemployment in Germany, at two percent on average. This corresponds to almost full employment and reflects the huge importance of Munich Airport for the regional labor market. The airport provides one in four of all employment relationships liable for social security contributions in the districts of Freising and Erding.
¹) Including apprentices  

The airport and its regional projects  
Good cooperation with the region is essential if Munich Airport is to be successful, and the Regional Liaison Office is responsible for this. As a support office, it reports directly to the Executive Board and sees itself as a kind of bridge-builder between the airport and the region. For the municipalities, political decision-makers, institutions, and citizens, the Regional Liaison Office is the first port of call for questions relating to the airport.   Munich Airport always endeavors to be a good neighbor and is very aware of its social responsibility within the region. In the past year, funds and resources were provided to more than 750 projects, which can be attributed to the airport’s five sponsorship pillars: education, social affairs, sport, culture, and nature. In 2018, numerous associations, in which employees themselves were active on a voluntary basis, received financial support through the «regional sponsorship of employee initiatives». Thus, for example, many voluntary fire departments were able to buy additional equipment, sports clubs were able to buy much needed training supplies, and community initiatives were promoted. In 2017, the airport launched its «NachWuchsWald» (new talent forest) project: In future, for every new-born child of an FMG employee, a tree will be planted in the Kranzberger Forest outside Freising. The next planting event is scheduled for 2019. Munich Airport once again lent its support in 2018 to many projects aimed at promoting the personal development and talents of children and young people, and at helping them in their choice of career. Donations and sponsorship

Cooperation with the region
is essential,with open and honest dialog with the surrounding communities playing a key role. As well as being a major employer, an engine for the economy, and a gateway to the world, FMG’s daily challenge is to be a responsible neighbor – in an open dialog and with commitment to the region.The Group cultivates long-term, mutual relationships with key stakeholders in its bid to generate a feeling of trust and acceptance in the society around the airport. Here, we place particular focus on our neighboring communities and political representatives. It is planned to continue speaking personally to local and political representatives in the airport region in 2019. The key elements of our dialog are:   These are some examples:  

«SchuleWirtschaft» working group for schools and businesses In the «SchuleWirtschaft» working group, Flughafen München GmbH works alongside principals from local schools, other regional businesses, specialist tradespeople, and representatives from the employment agency. The stated aim of this voluntary network is to make the transition from school to working life easier for young people.

 «Jugend forscht» (youth research) at the airport As a mentor and one of the organizers of the regional research competition for young people «Jugend forscht – Schüler experimentieren», Munich Airport supports up-and-coming talent in the fields of mathematics, IT, science, and technology (MINT). At the event held in February 2019 under the slogan «Frag nicht mich. Frag dich» (Don’t ask me, ask yourself), some 125 young inventors took part, presenting 68 projects from MINT subject areas.  

The Flughafenverein – Help without borders
For three years now, the Flughafenverein has borne the «DZI Seal of Approval», evidence that an association handles all of its donations carefully and responsibly. As well as making a number of anonymous donations and helping sick children’s dreams come true, the airport’s charitable association also supports local young people, senior citizens, and refugees, as well as regularly taking part in projects outside Germany. For instance, it has already transported around 12 tonnes of charitable donations to Latvia, for the ninth time. In cooperation with AeroGround and FMG, the association also organized the donation and handover of three decommissioned apron buses to Ghana, Romania, and Poland in 2018. In summer 2018, the Flughafenverein donated medical equipment and 200 folding beds for the victims of the wildfires in Greece. An aid project near the Turkish coastal town of Ayvalik also captured hearts and minds in 2018. Families and orphans are living there under the most difficult conditions. The Munich Flughafenverein donated food and hygiene products as well as school supplies. The project will be continued in 2019. The association also continued its commitment to Ukraine, sending a truck fully loaded with hospital beds, medical equipment, and devices to the Eastern European state.

Regional delivery chain
Around 5,100 suppliers work for the Munich Airport Group. Of the companies supplying Munich Airport, 98 percent are headquartered in Germany. Of these, 61 percent are from Bavaria, and 38 percent are from Munich and the area surrounding the airport.The Group is mainly supplied by business partners in the region, which helps reduce transportation distances and CO2 emissions. For example, Allresto purchases food worth almost 20 million euros each year – nearly all of which originates from Bavaria, and a good 50 percent of which comes from the area directly around the airport.

Value creation:

Economic benefits
Munich Airport has regional economic impact at a number of different levels. A basic distinction is made between the effects resulting directly from airport operations on the one hand and the effects of its use on the other. The value-added effects generated by airport operations can be categorized into direct, indirect, and induced effects.

Direct effects: All value created by Munich Airport’s economic activities. The direct value created is used to pay salaries and wages.

Indirect effects: The sum of all effects in a region, which are generated by the supplier and service relationships of the companies at Munich Airport.

Induced effects: Economic activities with a value-added effect in the region which are generatedby purchases made using income at Munich Airport.  

Effects resulting from the use of Munich Airport are known as location effects. These include positive economic effects, such as an increase in productivity and investments, plus a high level of employment and innovation. Proximity to the airport is seen as an important criterion for companies deciding to settle in the area. The airport also offers advantages for the tourism industry.

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Stakeholder dialog