As a foundation of the international technology group Siemens, we are steeped in a long tradition of social responsibility. We carry the legacy of our founder in us and act as an independent and nonprofit organization – in a hands-on, international, transparent and collaborative manner.

Instruments of our operational work

Siemens Stiftung is a hands-on foundation. This means that we provide funding to projects in which we are actively involved. We act as a sponsor only in a limited number of cases. Four instruments play a key role in our effort to advance social change processes:

Programs: We develop concepts of our own and put them into practice with local partners.

Social ventures:
We support social entrepreneurs and collaborate with initiatives that pursue similar goals to ours.

Training:
We promote the skills of everyone involved to ensure that our projects can support themselves over the long term.

Networks:
We create platforms for transferring knowledge and discussing experiences.

International approach

For us, operating internationally means working locally, yet encouraging collaboration across borders. This approach allows us to implement proven concepts in other regions that can benefit from them. Regional and international networks foster knowledge transfer within, but also beyond a region.

The geographical focus of our work is on regions in Africa and Latin America as well as Germany and other European countries.

Transparency

We are committed to transparently informing the general public about our structure, our work, the source of our funds and the activities we support with this money. In addition to our commitment to accountability, we view transparency as a central way to increase the effectiveness of our work. In our collaboration with international and local partners, we also place a high priority on integrity in our activities and transparency.

Through the publication of an annual report that contains a financial section and reviews by regulatory officials, we report on the use of our funds based on regulations that apply to public limited companies of comparable size.

Read the Annual Report 2016

The following guidelines apply in particular to our work:

Transparent Civil Society Initiative

We are members of the Transparent Civil Society Initiative. In assuming this role, we are working to create the largest-possible alliance for effective transparency. Upon the initiative of Transparency Deutschland e. V., 10 fundamental points have been defined and should be made available to the general public by every civil social organization. These include the articles of association, the names of key decision-makers and information about the source of funds, their use and the personnel structure.

Website of the Transparent Civil Society Initiative
Information from the Siemens Stiftung

We are members of the Transparent Civil Society Initiative. In assuming this role, we are working to create the largest-possible alliance for effective transparency. Upon the initiative of Transparency Deutschland e. V., 10 fundamental points have been defined and should be made available to the general public by every civil social organization. These include the articles of association, the names of key decision-makers and information about the source of funds, their use and the personnel structure.

Website of the Transparent Civil Society Initiative
Information from the Siemens Stiftung

Guiding Principles of Good Practice for Foundations

We apply the “Guiding Principles of Good Practice for Foundations” that were passed by the general meeting of the Association of German Foundations in 2006. These principles apply to the responsible, transparent and effective activities of all employees and bodies as they relate to a foundation's mission.

We apply the “Guiding Principles of Good Practice for Foundations” that were passed by the general meeting of the Association of German Foundations in 2006. These principles apply to the responsible, transparent and effective activities of all employees and bodies as they relate to a foundation's mission.

CO2 neutrality

Siemens Stiftung is a climate-neutral organization and helps protect the climate. All of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by the foundation's activities at its Munich and Erlangen locations are documented in an annual carbon footprint report. We continuously work to identify ways to reduce this footprint. We offset the CO2 emissions we produce by taking part in a climate protection project in Kenya, a program that has been awarded Gold Standard certification.To the environmental project

Siemens Stiftung is a climate-neutral organization and helps protect the climate. All of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by the foundation's activities at its Munich and Erlangen locations are documented in an annual carbon footprint report. We continuously work to identify ways to reduce this footprint. We offset the CO2 emissions we produce by taking part in a climate protection project in Kenya, a program that has been awarded Gold Standard certification.To the environmental project

Collaboration with strong partners

One key to success in international foundation work is developing solutions with local partners. That is why we have paid particular attention from the outset to building a collaboration network based on a relationship of trust. Working together in this network on the content of projects means that our core competences are complemented and greater coverage and quality can be achieved. Subject-specific alliances with partners from different social areas generate synergies for lasting and positive social change.

Our current collaboration partners

Impact-oriented

One of the top priorities of our work is to have the largest-possible impact on society. Impact-focused project planning and implementation are extremely important to us.

We plan all of our projects on the basis of the I-O-O-I principle (input – output – outcome – impact).

Before we launch a project, we conduct a careful analysis of social challenges and the needs of target groups. Two key aspects of our work involve defining impact indicators as well as conducting monitoring and evaluation. You will find the results in the respective project description.

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