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 organizational structures have been established for the implementation of our many social activities. Our Communications & Policies department is responsible for our engagement in such causes. The Department coordinates with management to set the goals, coordinate the activities and examines - together with the Legal Department and the Compliance Committee - requests for projects worthy of support. Our guideline for donations and sponsoring defines our general support principles, assessment criteria, and the organizational process, and is required for all employees. When granting donations and sponsoring support, it is always agreed that the cause coincides with our corporate values, is geared towards sustainability, offers true added value for our society and the public and follows the well-defined process.
In the surroundings of the headquarters, the 50Hertz Netzquartier sees itself as a respected corporate citizen, which actively contributes to making the new residential and working district “Europacity” attractive to its surrounding residents. The daycare facility “Energiebündel” welcomes not only children of 50Hertz employees but also from the neighbourhood. Since summer 2017, the “Rundgang 50Hertz” exhibition has been held annually in the Netzquartier building. Together with the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin, outstanding work by graduates of various art academies in the grid area were exhibited. This presented talented young artists with a platform for entering the world of the professional art market, making valuable connections and further pursuing their career.
Specifically educating children and adolescents about the energy transition is of great importance to the company. 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.), lightheartedly, albeit educational, teaches students about different aspects of the energy transition. In the 2019 reporting year, a total of 890 students visited the exhibit.
50Hertz also supports selected projects in its grid area that substitutes a multi-faceted cultural landscape. As part of the renowned Artist in Residence programme at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the pianist Wíkingur Ólafsson was supported. We also supported the Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern once again.
In 2019, 50Hertz was once again involved in numerous initiatives, associations and organisations throughout the entire grid area. These included the Rennsteig Herbstlauf in the Thuringian Forest, the Heinz Sielmann Foundation and the German Maritime Search and Rescue Association.
More information about the projects we support on our website.