Making a shared contribution
Since 1879, Funk has strived to protect companies’ values for the future. Alongside these individual values, there is one value of shared importance among all of us: nature conservation. We must protect the natural world for the sake of our children and grandchildren, which is why Funk is involved in the planting of mangroves in Myanmar. We started in 2019 with 140,000 trees, currently 52,800 more mangroves are being planted. Read on to learn more about what mangroves do for climate protection, how our planting campaigns go off and what corporate social responsibility continues to mean for Funk.
From greenhouse to nature: how the funk forest has developed in one year
New trees for the banks of the river Poe Laung
Construction of a kindergarten in India
Cooperation with the PATRIZIA Foundation
Although the Hindu caste system has been officially abolished in India, the mentality associated with it lives on. Especially in rural regions, such as Govindpur in northern India, the system still determines the choice of profession and partner, as well as rank in society – from childhood onwards. To support the youngest, the PATRIZIA Foundation has launched a new project in Govindpur funded by Funk: the construction of a kindergarten. Since 1999, the independent foundation has been pursuing the goal of providing access to education for as many children as possible worldwide. In the new kindergarten, castes play no role, all children are welcome. The reform pedagogical approach emphasises the uniqueness of each child and thus stands in stark contrast to most teaching institutions in India. Wolfram Nieradzik, member of the Management Board of Funk and initiator of the commitment, says: “India is a multifaceted, interesting country – and yet two aspects bother me: the division into castes and the position of women. We are happy that with the PATRIZIA Foundation we can shake up this way of thinking and offer many children the chance of a fairer and more promising future.”
Alliance for Development and Climate
A broad social alliance that works together for more sustainability and global climate protection: That’s the Alliance for Development and Climate. Since 2019, Funk is one of over 450 supporters who have joined the Alliance. In addition to other companies, associations, authorities, project developers, compensation providers and representatives of civil society are also part of the alliance. The alliance was initiated in fall 2018 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The aim of the supporters is to promote the achievement of the goals of the Paris Convention – as well as the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To meet these challenges and to focus political attention more strongly on climate protection, the Alliance relies primarily on the leverage effect of CO2 compensation projects. For example, biogas or solar plants are being built in developing and emerging countries that not only offset CO2 emissions but also improve local living conditions.More information about the Alliance for Development and Climate
Social and economical sustainability at Funk
The non-profit Funk Foundation was founded by Funk shareholder Dr Leberecht Funk and his wife Maritta to support research projects in the fields of risk and risk management. The aim is to increase acceptance of risk management even more in day-to-day operations. The Funk Foundation also supports cultural projects.Learn more
Above all, Funk's business decisions must be sustainable. This principle is established even in the company’s structure: Funk is a family-run company, currently in its fifth generation of leadership. That’s why Funk thinks long-term rather than making short-sighted moves – to maintain its values and grow in a sustainable way.Learn more
As an employer of 1,320 people, Funk also recognises its social responsibility: numerous benefits ensure that Funk employees feel well supported and are able to combine their family and work lives. Funk also helps train young people and supports employees of all ages in the Funk Academy.Learn more
Funk as a sponsor of the National Scholarship Programme
The German National Scholarship Programme provides financial support to talented, high-achieving students. Every euro donated by private sponsors for the scholarship recipients is matched by the government. With ten scholarship recipients currently, Funk is one of the largest sponsors for Hamburg University. The students specialise in the areas of business management, law and industrial engineering.See Funk's awards