Partnership and responsibility are core Union Investment values
Opening educational opportunities, protecting nature and the environment
Corporate responsibility is a key plank of our overarching group strategy. Our employees can rely on Union Investment as an employer. For the companies we invest in, we are an engaged partner who delivers a secure future. We support and help people in our society through projects and funding. In the real estate segment, we focus on education, the environment and social issues, with a special emphasis on children, young people and adolescents in Hamburg, our headquarters site. We also support our employees in their voluntary work.
Responsibility towards society
On of our aims is the commitment to improve the educational opportunities and job prospects of disadvantaged children and young people. Environmental projects, e.g. for climate protection or biodiversity, are also important for us. We are committed to diversity and promote advancement and further training opportunities for women in the real estate industry. Here you will find a selection of the projects and organisations we support.
The settlement as well as the ongoing care is taken over by professional beekeepers of the non-profit association Stadtbienen e.V. They have checked the suitability of the locations in advance and will continue to regularly look after our honey bees in the future. Their tasks include monitoring health and development, treating diseases and preparing the bees for wintering. Ecological beekeeping and the well-being of the bees are the main focus of "Imke". Our beekeepers harvest only surplus honey with which we give pleasure to our employees, partners or customers.
In a course lasting approximately six months, participants acquire key qualifications on the job, practice their social skills and work towards gaining an apprenticeship or job. The aim at the end of the course is to find each “jobling” a training position or employment. Union Investment has supported the Joblinge initiative in Hamburg since 2015 and many Union Investment employees act as volunteer mentors to the “joblings”.
The Fellows are selected for the assignment according to a strictly selective procedure, receive several months of intensive training and are then closely monitored and further trained for two years.
Union Investment supports the implementation of the Teach First Fellow Programme with a Fellow at the Ilse-Löwenstein-Schule in Hamburg. The Fellow is deployed in the "Safe Transition" programme and, over the two years of her deployment in the 9th and 10th grades, supports pupils in leaving school with a school-leaving certificate and making the transition to vocational training or secondary level II.
In June 2017, the foundation launched the project "HonigHelden! - Making children strong for tomorrow" project. The aim of this project, which is unique in Germany, is to offer traumatised children with experience of flight directly on site at primary school a package of therapeutic measures specially tailored to their needs. With its contribution, Union Investment especially supports the movement therapy in the context of the project "HonigHelden!" at the primary schools. Movement therapy supports trauma processing with the help of resource-oriented body perception, expression and movement design.
From hygiene articles, clothing and food to coloured pencils, tesafilm and magazines, the bags contain everyday items for families with small and older children, single parents, the elderly, the homeless, refugees and students. The initiative currently consists of 25 Hamburg-based companies. The partner Hanseatic Help e.V. ensures that the bags are packed according to need and then handed over to social institutions and organisations for further distribution. This ensures that people receive targeted care that is adapted to their needs.
It connects female professionals with speaking and media opportunities in Europe and offers women training to build their stage and media presence. The goal is to improve business and career progression opportunities for women in the real estate industry, to challenge stereotypes and to provide role models for the benefit of the whole industry. Union Investment has supported the initiative since 2017.
Since the 2017/18 winter semester, students from a range of subject backgrounds can take a Master’s course in Real Estate & Leadership. The course aims to give future real estate professionals an interdisciplinary, holistic outlook, while also providing participants with broad-based practical knowledge. To date, the Foundation has raised a million euros in funding.
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Responsibility towards our employees
Taking responsibility for the people who work in our company is hugely important to us. Our employees are the foundation of our success and our corporate culture. We seek to provide them with a work environment in which they feel valued, supported and fairly treated.
Responsibility towards the real estate sector
Through our involvement in trade associations and networks, we support a range of corporate social responsibility activities along the entire real estate industry value chain. We contribute financially and also share our knowledge. In 2016, for example, Union Investment helped to draw up guidelines for the Initiative Corporate Governance (ICG), which promotes effective corporate social responsibility in the real estate industry.