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Roland Berger Strategy Consultants initiates Munich Corporate Volunteering Network: "Companies help Munich"

Munich, June 24, 2010

  • Initiated by Roland Berger, the Munich Corporate Volunteering Network brings companies together
  • Projects serving regional needs are the focus of support
  • Staff from Roland Berger Strategy Consultants offer extracurricular tutoring at a special needs school

In the fall of 2009, a number of high-profile Munich companies came together to form a corporate volunteering network. Initiated by Munich-based Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, the network's motto is "Companies help Munich." The initiative aims at sharing experience and coordinating skills and expertise for the good of the community. The main focus is supporting projects that address needs specific to the region.

"For us, like most businesses in the wider Munich area, it's only natural to accept social and community responsibility as a company," says Professor Dr. Burkhard Schwenker, CEO of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. "The Corporate Volunteering Network, with its motto 'Companies help Munich,' is designed to help bundle the initiatives in the region and make the best out of many individual projects by working together. We're delighted about any new members and can assist those firms that would like to help but are worried about not having sufficient resources to handle a project on their own." The network already includes a number of prestigious companies based in Munich – for instance, the BMW Group with its Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation, BayernLB, Deutsche Bank, E.ON Energie, GlaxoSmithKline Deutschland, KPMG, Microsoft Deutschland, Munich RE with its Schinzler Foundation, Pramerica, Timberland and Telefónica O2 Germany.

Over 500 active in network

The network meetings take place four times a year, each meeting with a specific agenda. The companies support the volunteers who commit time and effort to social projects. Corporate volunteering projects offer a win-win situation for both sides. On the one hand, people in need and community-based institutions receive additional help. On the other, the volunteers from the member companies have opportunities to broaden their horizons and learn new skills in situations very different from their everyday work. In total, there are more than 500 staff from the network member companies engaged in activities each year.

Roland Berger employees supporting children

Staff from Roland Berger Strategy Consultants are, for instance, working with underprivileged children in a tutoring project in Hasenbergl, an area of Munich marked by social deprivation. The "Year of Care" initiative, involving the special education center "Sonderpädagogisches Förderzentrum Munich Nord" and the organization "ghettokids – soziale Projekte e.V.", has been running since 2000. Organized as a non-profit association, it helps children and young people from socially deprived areas by promoting their creative, artistic, linguistic, sporting, educational and social development. All the projects undertaken encourage non-violence, democratic values and intercultural understanding. "Promoting education is a concrete expression of our core corporate values," says Kristina Dengler, who is overseeing the project at Roland Berger. "Our own people had the opportunity to enjoy a good education, so they now think it's only right to give something back to society in this area."

Companies interested in joining the network are welcome to get in touch by contacting the following e-mail address:

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