Activities Relating to our Social Responsibility
Wienerberger donations guideline as a basis for targeted help for the needy
As a supplier of building material and infrastructure solutions, we want to use our products and our know-how to the greatest possible benefit of society. We continuously support a large number of social projects and organizations in almost all the countries we operate in. In accordance with the Wienerberger donations guideline, we support people in need in a targeted manner through product donations. We are convinced that we can help best in our fields of core competence, i.e. the provision of solutions in the fields of building materials and infrastructure and the transfer of sustainable construction know-how.
Successful cooperation with Habitat for Humanity
We regard affordable housing as a fundamental human right. In 2012, Wienerberger therefore began to cooperate with Habitat for Humanity, an international non-profit organization focusing on the provision of housing for families in need on the basis of the principles of selfhelp, self-awareness and individual responsibility. The objective of the current cooperation is to build 155 houses for socially underprivileged families in Bulgaria and Romania. As an expert in building material solutions, Wienerberger contributes to the improvement of living conditions for people with insufficient means through donations in kind. Building materials for a total of 47 houses were donated. For two days, the participants of Ready4Excellence, a training program for young employees to be prepared for international key positions in Wienerberger AG, provided hands-on support for the construction of houses for poor families in Bulgaria.
Support for construction of Casa Sperantei Hospice in Bucharest
Wienerberger also supported the construction of the Casa Sperantei Hospice in Romania with donations in kind and by assuming logistics costs. The hospice, which was opened in the fall of 2014, provides an adequate and dignified environment for terminally ill children and adults, as well as their relatives, in the most difficult time of their life.
Aid for Western Balkan flood victims in cooperation with charity organizations
Besides planning and implementing non-profit projects in cooperation with humanitarian organizations, we also want to render instant and non-bureaucratic assistance in the event of natural disasters. When large parts of South-Eastern Europe were devastated by a disastrous flood in the spring of 2015, the Pipelife and Clay Building Materials Europe (CBME) business units, together with Tondach Gleinstätten, decided to help the flood victims rebuild their homes. In cooperation with Caritas Switzerland, a humanitarian organization with many years of experience in the construction of homes for victims of the civil war in the region, Wienerberger erected for example about 30 houses in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Clay blocks from CBME, clay roof tiles from Tondach Gleinstätten and installation pipes from Pipelife were donated for this purpose. Distributing the donations was a considerable logistic challenge, but further projects are already being prepared within the framework of this aid campaign.
Round two of WISBA training program successfully completed
In addition to a range of charitable projects, in-kind donations and aid campaigns, Wienerberger has organized and financed the Wienerberger Sustainable Building Academy (WISBA) since 2013. Round two of this international training program was successfully completed in 2014 with 24 participants from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Switzerland. The objective of the program is to support students of architecture and construction engineering through additional, practice-relating training in sustainable building. Architects and construction engineers who have internalized the principles of sustainability and bear them in mind throughout the construction phase, are an essential prerequisite if a building is to meet the most advanced standards of sustainability and remain functional over a long period of time. The 2014 training program focused on a wide range of subjects, such as resource-efficient wall systems, prevention of overheating of buildings in summer, and environmental certification of buildings.