For DEA social responsibility is of course a part of the daily business and a fixed component of our corporate policy and corporate environment. Business success and responsibility for the social environment are for DEA two sides of the same coin.
DEA's social commitment is not however restricted to caring for our employees. In the countries and regions in which we are active we also accept a social responsibility. With carefully selected projects we make a lasting contribution to local social and economic development. We identify important long-term social topics and take these up in our efforts. This is always enforced in line with the country's tradition and development targets.
Supporting the Education of Young People
A good education normally determines what career opportunities young people will later have in life and how successful their future will be. For this reason, in the vicinity of the German business locations in Friedrichskoog, Völkersen, Wietze and Schechen, DEA finances training for young people whose efforts to start an apprenticeship have been unsuccessful. Early parenthood, uncompleted school education, language barriers – there are many reasons that make the search for on-the-job training difficult. With our commitment we want to give disadvantaged teenagers the chance of vocational training.
The training sponsorship has been running since 2004, and in this period DEA has financed 72 trainees and apprentices. DEA selects the training programme, the trainees, pays the training grant and the social insurance contributions. Dressmakers, geriatric nurses, dental assistants, hairdressers, electricians, photographers, car technicians and carpenters – the spectrum is a wide-ranging one. Small training facilities that would normally be too small to offer the courses, which are in the vicinity of our sites, are given preference who we select as training providers. In this way the local skilled trade is also supported.
Scholarships for Aspiring Young Musicians
The scholarship program that DEA, the Norwegian Research Council and the Association of Sponsors for German Science called to life in the year 2000, is directed at young and talented Norwegian musicians. It supports talented music students from Norway and enables them to undertake a study visit to Germany. Beyond the purely financial aspect we also hope to contribute to a deepening of the intercultural exchange between Norway and Germany.
Each year up to four scholarships are awarded, each for a period of between five and ten months. Since the initiation of the program more than 65 highly promising up-and-coming artists have made use of the scholarship to perfect their musical abilities. The music scholarship is thereby one of the most important private initiatives in specialized tuition for gifted students of music in Norway.
For a Lasting Economy in the Nile Delta
In the Egyptian Nile Delta, DEA has enabled the local farmers to achieve a greater yield from their fields and thereby to lead with their families a financially better life. This has been achieved through an innovative, sustainable project teaching farmers how to convert from conventional to organic farming.
Our project partner was Lotus Organic Herbs and Spices, a subsidiary of the Egyptian SEKEM. SEKEM produces bio-foodstuff, health products and textiles from ecological farming.
The SEKEM specialists took and analyzed soil and water samples in six different villages. On the basis of these samples it was determined which plants (in particular spices) would be best to be economically cultivated. The farmers were supported for several years by SEKEM with the aim of achieving better biological management of their land. The costs of the overall project amount to around 200,000 euros. Whereas DEA bears a large part of this, the firm of Lotus makes its know-how and its experts available.