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DZ HYP is committed to sustainability in everything we do, from the environmental protection projects we launch or support to the business strategy we follow, from our efforts to empower the next generation to how we interact with stakeholders. We have set ourselves clear goals and ensure that we provide clients, partners and employees with as much transparency as possible in terms of our sustainability activities.

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Lukas Kölln

Lukas Kölln

Sustainability Manager
lukas.koelln@dzhyp.de

Social responsibility

Building trust through commitment

DZ HYP, as a company, is part of society. As such, we want to promote development and foster the public good in the areas we are active in. And that is what we do – as an employer, a trainer, a client, and a taxpayer, but also through our commitment to society. The cooperative basic values of aiding empowerment, solidarity, partnership and social commitment are the cornerstones of our activities. Throughout Germany, we support a large number of social projects and institutions, as well as non-profit organisations in our fields; in addition, we support social commitment within the Cooperative Financial Network.

Social Commitment

As part of our commitment to social responsibility, we subsidise the Hamburg Donor’s Parliament (Hamburger Spendenparlament), which supports initiatives to help the homeless and people living in poverty and isolation.

We held our sixth Social Day in the summer of 2019, a day for our staff to spend their working time doing social work at the Hamburg-based charity Hanseatic Help e.V., sorting clothing donations and preparing them to be passed on.

In addition to other customer-related donations, the DZ HYP regularly doubles its employees’ annual Christmas collection. Last year, the donation was made to “Neuer Kupferhof“, a short-term home for disabled children and teenagers, the “Yoga für Alle e.V.“ charity for its yoga for seniors projects as well as to the soup kitchen of the Protestant St. Georg-Borgfelde church that feeds homeless people.

As in previous years, we once again decided to largely refrain from sending out Christmas cards in 2019, instead using the amount saved to provide financial support to two social projects proposed by our employees: firstly the Fields Private Institute gGmbH (Münster) with its “Out of school – learning from the future“ initiative, and secondly the rehabilitation charity Aktive Suchthilfe e.V. (Hamburg). “Out of school“ aims to foster extra-curricular places of learning at allday schools, as an addition to school learning. Aktive Suchthilfe e.V. was one of the first non-profit organisations to provide external help to addicts behind bars.

Related Field Project Support

Examples of our professional commitment include the promotion of the “Women in Real Estate VISIONALE 2019“ initiative (Frauen in der Immobilienwirtschaft VISIONALE 2019), and of the alumni network of the real estate industry, IMMOEBS, as a premium partner.

Within the scope of the “Schools and Business Partnership“ project launched by a chamber of commerce and industry, DZ HYP cooperates with two schools in Münster, providing hands-on vocational orientation through internships and visits, thus promoting an understanding of the economy amongst young students.

Likewise, we offer students internships designed to support vocational orientation, as part of the “Don’t leave school without the prospect of a job“ project run by the State of North-Rhine Westphalia.

We also support the CLUB OF ROME’s German charter by providing the club’s branch office with premises in Hamburg at no charge. Further, we are financial backer of the annual meeting of the CLUB OF ROME schools network. DZ HYP was recognised as an educational partner for the schools in 2015, allowing it to contribute to the implementation and expansion of the CLUB OF ROME school network’s activities at national level.

Cooperative Charitable Support

The recipients of our support include organisations promoting or researching the idea of cooperative banks and the cooperative movement, such as the Research Institute for Cooperative Studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg,and the Friendly Associations Förderverein zur Stiftung GIZ e.V. and Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Instituts für Genossenschaftswesen at Philipps University Marburg/Lahn.

Together with DZ BANK and other companies within the Cooperative Financial Network, we also support the Active Citizenship Association (Aktive Bürgerschaft), which advocates civic action, non-profit organisations, and a fair and powerful civic society.