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Social commitment

Humanitarian aid

Here at Ernsting's family, we are well aware of our responsibility as a company and see it as our duty to help people in emergency situations. Our company’s founder was involved in humanitarian work throughout his life, for example by building housing for Vietnamese boat people in the 1970s. Following his tradition, we are committed to supporting families, education, health and a dignified life both in Germany and abroad as much as we can.

Humanitarian aid

well:fair foundation (formerly the Neven Subotic Foundation)

Just under 2.5 per cent of the world’s water supply is drinkable freshwater, most of it is bound as ice or in groundwater. In the end, only 0.3 per cent or 105,000 cubic kilometres is left for humans, animals and plants. The unequal distribution of water resources leads to different levels of accessibility. In 2012, the former professional football player Neven Subotic set himself the goal of providing people in the Global South with access to water through his own foundation. He started in Ethiopia and has now extended his work to Kenya and Tanzania, following the outbreak of civil war. Thanks to his commitment, families are able to live healthy and autonomous lives and children have more time for education, as they are spared having to walk kilometres to the closest clean water source. We have been supporting the well:fair foundation with an annual donation of € 75,000 since 2019 and have already been able to implement seven well projects together as a result.

Humanitarian aid



Since 2016, our apprentices at different “Arche” locations have been responsible for organising a big summer party for the children there. This way, our junior staff members learn from the outset of their working lives that entrepreneurial success also entails a big responsibility towards society. At the same time, the three-day Social Days are also a great opportunity for our apprentices to get to know other apprentices from different departments and locations better and to network with each other.

Humanitarian aid



The Chernobyl disaster happened over three decades ago. However, the consequences of the core meltdown, in which a reactor block exploded and radioactive radiation spread throughout Europe, are still omnipresent for the inhabitants of the neighbouring regions today. The same will also apply to future generations. We have therefore supported Kinderhilfe Tschernobyl Coesfeld every year since 1992 with the organisation of their summer camp, which welcomes around 40 children each year from the Belarusian disaster region, with donations of pyjamas, T-shirts, socks and underwear. Together with Kinderhilfe Tschernobyl Coesfeld, not only do we aim to improve the health of children, but also see our commitment as a sign of international understanding. Teachers in the partner community report that the children really come alive thanks to these contacts and that this also has a positive impact on their families.

Humanitarian aid



Romania is still one of the poorest countries in Europe. Many of the country’s inhabitants lack even the most basic necessities, . including clean and intact clothing. Ernsting’s family has been supporting Rumänienhilfe Stauden with donations of clothes for over ten years. It’s a small charity with only around 30 members. However, they are extremely dedicated and have been travelling to Romania regularly since 2002 to help the poorest people there. Ernsting’s family will continue to support this commitment in future.