A team of 50,000 making real what matters
Corporate social responsibility has been an integral part of Siemens from the very beginning. Today, serving society continues to be core to our purpose.
Enriching our Communities
Siemens enriches the communities where we do business by fostering sustainability and educational opportunities that create real and lasting value. As part of our commitment, Siemens donated $27 million in 2017 globally, including nearly $4 million in charitable contributions in the U.S.
We strive to create shared value in the U.S., while strengthening our business performance. Our commitment stands on four pillars:
Access to Technology
Progressing workforce development andeducation
We share our innovative solutions across the U.S., improving education and workforce development. Key examples include:
- The Global Academic Partnership Program: Siemens PLM Software partners with academic institutions to provide software and support and improve their ability to develop top-notch engineers and technologists. With in-kind technology grants, students have access to the same Siemens PLM software used by more than 140,000 companies to design, develop and manufacture the world’s most sophisticated products. More than 1 million students at 3,000+ educational institutions in the U.S. and 66 other countries utilize PLM software.
- Through the Siemens Cooperates with Education (SCE) initiative, more than 500 universities, K-12 schools, and community colleges in the U.S. partner with Siemens on leading-edge industrial technologies in their classrooms and on research projects. Siemens provides support through equipment, software, instructor training and technical guidance. During summer break, more than 100 instructors from 60 different schools participate in summer workshops.
Access to Education
Our future depends on knowledge
Making education accessible to all people is crucial to America’s future. In just the past few years, Siemens has granted more than $3 billion worth of our industrial software to community colleges and universities. We maintain holistic relationships with higher-education institutions to focus on development of people, business and innovation together. We also want to spark enthusiasm in young scientists and engineers. Examples of this effort include:
Introduce a Girl to Engineering
An annual event, open to public middle and high-schoolers in the greater Chicago area, to educate and encourage girls to enter engineering. Siemens engineers speak on their education/careers to give the girls an in-depth look at what an engineering career could be. The event also includes engaging technical projects and a plant tour. This event has hosted nearly 1,500 young women since 2005.
Siemens provides internships for high school students, between the ages of 18 and 22, with intellectual disabilities. Students learn essential work and life skills such as social interactions, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.
Siemens sponsorships in engineering
Focused on our future
Pledging to become carbon-neutral by 2030, Siemens has launched numerous energy efficiency programs, leveraging distributed-energy systems, reducing fleet emissions and purchasing green energy—all to reduce our own carbon footprint. Additionally, Siemens is taking a leadership role in the sustainability arena, participating in a variety of industry events, including Climate Week, and holding membership in organizations such as the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), a CEO-led coalition founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman that seeks to enable corporations to be a force for good in society.
Equalizing the opportunities
Siemens’ company culture is one of acceptance and openness, and we promote the diversity of people, thoughts, beliefs, backgrounds, experience and expertise.
- Siemens supports our nation’s veterans as they return to the civilian workforce, hiring 2,000 veterans since 2011. In 2016, we committed to hiring at least 300 veterans every year for the next three years.
- In 2018, Siemens expanded its apprenticeship program focused on advanced manufacturing to a total of 9 states.
- Siemens has a history of giving to communities after natural disasters, and we also operate a disaster-relief fund for employees who experience catastrophic loss to their homes.
Through our Corporate Volunteering program, every Siemens employee can engage, unlocking the potential of our innovation at the local level. U.S. Siemens employees donate approximately 10,000 volunteer hours to their communities annually.
The Siemens Foundation
Investing in the future
The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $115 million in the U.S. to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math.
Our mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning at the heart of all Siemens’ companies.