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Social engagement has been an integral part of Siemens’ corporate culture ever since the company was founded. It finds expression not just in numerous activities, programs and partnerships of the company, but also in the Siemens Family foundations and other foundations set up by the company in various parts of the world. This allows us to contribute to the public good as efficiently as possible, right on-site. At present, there are six Siemens Company foundations, in Germany, France, the United States, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.
The charitable Siemens Stiftung with headquarters in Munich was established by Siemens AG in the fall of 2008. It is dedicated to the values of Werner von Siemens and wants to empower people to actively address social challenges.
Together with its partners, it designs and implements local and international projects with the aim of promoting individual responsibility and self-initiative. The foundation works in three areas:
The foundation pursues an integrative approach and stands for responsible, impact-oriented and innovative project work. Siemens Stiftung’s projects are developed in close cooperation with local and international partners, and in alliance with the other Siemens corporate foundations in Argentina, Brazil, France, Colombia and the United States.
The Fundación Siemens in Argentina was established as a charitable organization in Buenos Aires in 2009. Its work in education and social issues, the arts and culture is intended to assist with the country’s sustainable development.
The Fundação Peter von Siemens was established as a charitable organization in São Paolo in 1986. In 2004 the foundation was recognized as a “Civil Society Organization of Public Interest”. Its work emphasizes education and social matters, as well as art and culture.
The Fondation Siemens in France, established in 2002, is headquartered in St. Denis. Its aim is to help combat the marginalization of the disadvantaged, encourage their social integration, and improve their living conditions through healthcare and residential programs.
The Fundación Siemens in Colombia was established as a charitable organization in Bogotá in 2006. Its aim is to support the sustainable development of Colombian society, so as to strengthen social groups and organizations, improve social justice in Colombia, and help stabilize society.
The Siemens Foundation was established in 1998, and is headquartered in the state of New York. Its task is to promote innovative ideas and projects in research and education. It supports educational initiatives in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics for teachers and students from the United States.
A tradition of patronage for good causes is part of the history of Siemens as a company, and also of its founding family. Even today, the Siemens Family foundations, some of which have company support, still give proof of the diverse commitments of Werner von Siemens and his descendants.
In 1958 Ernst von Siemens established a foundation intended to offer scientists in every field a forum for exchanging ideas. He named the foundation after his father, Carl Friedrich von Siemens. It organizes a program of scientific lectures for a broad interested public.
In 1972, Ernst von Siemens established the music foundation that bears his name. Headquartered in Switzerland, the foundation concentrates on contemporary music and musicology. Each year since its founding it has given an award for the life's work of a significant composer, performer, or musicologist. The main prize, often called the “Nobel Prize in Music,” carries a purse of €200,000.
The foundation awards a total of some €2.3 million in prize money each year. About €2.1 million of this is to assist young composers, ensembles, institutions and individuals from all over the world who have rendered outstanding services to contemporary music and done significant artistic developmental work. Awards are also given for work in musicology.
Prize winners have included Benjamin Britten, Olivier Messiaen, Mstislav Rostropovich, György Kurtág, Friedrich Cerha, Mariss Jansons, Daniel Barenboim and Anne-Sophie Mutter.
In 1983, Ernst von Siemens set up the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation, with the assistance of Siemens AG. Ever since, Siemens has supported the foundation with grants, and has especially stepped in for individual projects where the foundation was not able to make a commitment on its own. The Art Foundation supports public museums in acquiring major works, and thus helps significant pictures become or remain available to the public. The Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation also helps public museums and collections to restore important works and set up exhibitions.
2011-Feb-24 | Author