Support where Support Is Needed - Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

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Support on the Ground

Support where Support Is Needed

As an international media company, Bertelsmann provides Help Through Media  as a matter of course – but we also fulfill our responsibility to society beyond our core business. When sudden events plunge people into need and they cannot help themselves, immediate relief is needed on the ground.

Ad Hoc Disaster Relief

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan brought devastation to the Philippines. Two Bertelsmann divisions – Penguin Random House and Arvato – operate their own businesses in the island state. Bertelsmann, Penguin Random House and Arvato donated a six-figure amount (in USD) to aid the victims in general and the families of their staff in particular. The money went to the Red Cross in the Philippines and was also used for emergency relief.

When eastern and southern Germany experienced disastrous flooding in June 2013, Bertelsmann donated €100,000 to the Stiftung Lichtblick, in order to rebuild local voluntary organizations. The "RTL – Wir helfen Kindern" foundation also raised over €1 million for flood victims.

In 2008, the Group set up a €500,000 relief fund for earthquake victims in the Sichuan province of China. Our staff topped this sum with their own generous donations, which Bertelsmann then matched.

Long-Term Relief Projects

Financial support was also provided following the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia in December 2004. We were also able to extend our support long-term by launching a permanent partnership with the SOS Children's Villages. Thanks to the partnership, food, clothing, medical care and education for 250 children have been guaranteed to this day.

Arvato Infoscore has also donated €10,000 annually to the Diakonisches Werk (Social Welfare Association) debt advice service since its founding in August 2009. The specialist service’s mission is to identify new ways to deal with personal debt. Launched in 2008, Gruner + Jahr’s "G+J Commitment" is a corporate volunteering program that encourages employees and executives to involve themselves in charity and community projects.