We care deeply about meaningful political and social communication. Much of our content revolves around the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations. However, we wish not only to contribute to more communication, but also to show true engagement as a company.
We signed the Charta der Vielfalt – the Diversity Charta – in 2021 to document how seriously we take workplace diversity. We fully support the work of this initiative, which is under the patronage of the Federal Chancellery.
Within this framework, we want to make a contribution that is in keeping with our daily work: as we have a network of authors that spans at least 80 countries, we will be awarding a scholarship each year to journalists from developing countries from 2022/2023. Our colleagues will be invited to spend one month job shadowing in Germany on a paid basis.
We admire journalists around the world who have to deal with extremely adverse conditions as they go about their work. We are keen to promote an international dialogue from which both sides can profit and learn.
We will be providing further information about the scholarships here. We are not looking for any sponsors for this programme.
Like anyone with any sense, we are very concerned about climate change. Educating and informing people about this issue accounts for a growing part of our communicative activities. However, above and beyond the communicative dimension, we also want to make our small contribution as a company.
We will therefore be certified as a climate-neutral company in 2021 and offset our annual carbon emissions. We are doing this in 2021 by investing in clean cooking ovens in Rwanda.
At the same time, we do our best to reduce our emissions: we provide our staff in the Rhine-Main region with a subsidised job ticket for the local public transport network and offer them bikes for getting to work. And almost all of our business travel is done by train in any case.