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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Incentives for diversity and equal opportunity: the Deutschlandstiftung Integration and START-Stiftung foundations

We are convinced that cultural diversity enriches our society and offers opportunities for the innovative strength of our country’s industry. This conviction is, for example, reflected in our strategic partnership with the German foundation for integration, Deutschlandstiftung Integration. The foundation supports young people with a migrant background, for example, by helping them to take their first steps into the world of work and offering the support of a large network. The patron of the foundation is German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. In October 2017, Deutschlandstiftung started a cooperation with START-Stiftung. START-Stiftung has been supporting the integration of young migrants and immigrants for 15 years by issuing educational scholarships. The first joint events are planned for 2018.

Scholarship program "Go your own way"
The scholarship and mentor program "Go your own way" of the German Foundation for Integration places young people with migration backgrounds with mentors from politics, business, the media, culture and science. We have been a partner of the program since it was launched in 2012. Almost 600 mentors support the scholarship recipients in their professional and personal lives. So far, they have contributed over 25,000 hours of volunteer work to this program. The program also offers coaching, workshops on specific topics, internship platforms, and network events. In 2017, "Go your own way" celebrated its five-year anniversary and welcomed over 100 new scholarship recipients, so that the program now supports a total of about 700 young people.