18. Corporate Citizenship

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

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (FHH), Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH is fully aware of its special significance and responsibility. HMC takes this responsibility conscientiously within the region and beyond.

HMC places great emphasis on acting on its social responsibility. HMC employees have supported the "herz as – hoffnungsorte Hamburg” foundation with donations and volunteer services in cases of need since 2008. “herz as” is a place of hope for homeless people where they can turn to. Homeless people can call there anonymously and use a variety of services including consulting.

In addition, HMC has been cooperating with the "Hamburger Tafel e. V." network of food banks for several years. During the trade fair INTERNORGA exhibitors are given the opportunity to donate food.

Apart from trainee positions, HMC offers internship positions to university students year-round. If so requested, interns are given expert advice in support of their final theses.

HMC is a key economic factor for the region [refer to Criterion 2]. This was confirmed by a study conducted by the Munich-based ifo Institute of Economic Research in 2016.

What is more, sustainability is one of the selection criteria when choosing service partners. HMC's catering partner largely relies on organically grown, regional and seasonal foodstuffs.

Finally, employees participate in sports events with a sustainable background with great enthusiasm. For example, HMC organises teams for joint, free participation in the MOPO team relay race or the initiative "Stadtradeln – Radeln für ein gutes Klima" (City Cycling – Cycling For A Good Climate).

Please also refer to: “Our Contribution to The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals