50Hertz supports numerous projects in its grid area, primarily relating to cultural, energy and environmental education as well as youth and social affairs. Clear management and organisational structures have been established for the implementation of our many social activities. Our Communications and Politics department is responsible for our engagement. The department coordinates with management to set the goals, coordinate the activities and, if necessary, examine inquiries for worthy projects together with the Legal department and the compliance committee. Our internal guideline for donations and sponsoring defines our general support principles, assessment criteria and the organisational process transparently and consistently, and is binding for all employees. When granting donations and sponsoring support, it is always ascertained that the cause is commensurate with our corporate values, the sponsorship is geared towards sustainability, offers true added value for our society and the public and follows the defined process.
In the surroundings of the headquarters, the 50Hertz Netzquartier, the Company sees itself as a good corporate citizen, who actively contributes to making the new residential and working district "Europacity" attractive to its residents. The day care centre "Energiebündel" welcomes not only children of 50Hertz employees but youngsters from the neighbourhood as well. In the reporting year, the partnership with the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin was extended by three years. Every year, outstanding works by graduates of various art academies in the 50Hertz grid area are exhibited. In the future, the "Rundgang 50Hertz" exhibition will be extended by a digital showroom.
Specifically educating children and adolescents about the energy transition is of great importance. An interactive exhibit called "Energie gemeinsam wenden" (Changing energy together), developed by 50Hertz and the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (Unabhängiges Institut für Umweltfragen e.V.), playfully teaches students about different aspects of the energy transition. In the future, the cooperation will be adapted for greater use in the digital environment.
50Hertz also supports selected projects in its grid area that foster a multi-faceted cultural landscape. As part of the renowned Artist in Residence programme at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the soprano Anna Prohaska was supported. We also promoted the Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern again.
As in prior years, 50Hertz was again actively involved in numerous initiatives, associations and organisations in 2020. Some examples are the Rennsteig-Herbstlauf run in the Thuringian Forest, the Baltic Sea relay marathon in Dierhagen and a large number of local non-profit institutions.
More information about the projects we support on our website.