18. Corporate Citizenship

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

Social commitment and social responsibility are anchored as values within the Dussmann Group strategy and an active component of our company culture. While Peter Dussmann, founder of the Dussmann Group, supported (cultural) institutions and facilities as a patron, Catherine von Fürstenberg-Dussmann (Chairman of the Foundation Council) directed the focus of social commitment towards the education of children and teens. Several of the engagements and fundraising activities stem from their initiatives, for instance the children’s libraries or the Bildungsboxen for children of refugee families, and music competitions with young students, as well the annual "Social Day" in Berlin. The Group's employees each devote themselves to a selected project. In the reporting year 2019, for example, an adventure playground was repaired. The focus is on promoting social facilities for children and young people and encouraging social participation.

In addition, the implementation and design of projects is the responsibility of the respective companies and segments. We are convinced that social commitment has the greatest impact when it takes place locally – involving local people and taking into account their specific needs. The companies organize employee and volunteer projects all on their own.

Social commitment is of great importance to the Dussmann Group. Especially in times of drastic change through globalization and digitalization, we see an important task in deliberately preserving community foundations. In German-speaking countries, the company is strongly committed to the cultural education of children, as well as sports and movement. Examples include regular public readings in the KulturKaufhaus department store or sponsored participation in sporting events (for example, company runs).