As a foundation of the international technology group Siemens, we are steeped in a long tradition of social responsibility. We carry this legacy of our founder in us and act as an independent and nonprofit organization.
Science and technology education plays a key role in our work. We also promote entrepreneurial approaches, personal initiative, creativity and innovation.
It is our conviction that technological innovation always goes hand in hand with social innovation: Only if we develop a common understanding of the challenges of our time and the way we aim to tackle them will we be able to create true innovation.
We as a foundation have a long-term commitment – one that is operationally active, international, transparent and based on a spirit of partnership.
Siemens Stiftung primarily operates and provides funding only in exceptional cases. All available funds are currently committed to medium-term projects. We kindly ask for your understanding that we have no funds to support additional projects. Only by focusing the deployed resources, we are able to achieve sustainable project results through our foundation’s work. You can learn more details about the use of our funds in our annual report.
Transparency as a key tool
Siemens Stiftung strives to inform the public about its structure and commitment as well as the source of its funding and the use of its funds in a simple, transparent and concise manner. Beyond accountability, we view transparency as a key instrument for increasing the effectiveness of our work. Also in cooperation with international and local partners, we place particular emphasis on integrity and transparency in action.
Since transparency is essential to our work, we joined the “Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft” (Transparent Civil Society Initiative) effective September 30, 2010. With this step, we aim to do our part in establishing the broadest possible consensus for action within civil society to agree on the key parameters for effective transparency.
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The self-regulation developed under the leadership of Transparency International in Germany requires that companies publish 10 precisely defined, relevant categories of information and make them easily accessible to the wider public.
Through the publication of the annual report with the financial information and audit by the supervisory authority, we report the use of our resources according to rules that apply to corporations of comparable size. We provide information about the various projects of the respective last financial year and the future goals and strategies.
With great openness, we report on our non-profit work, our intentions, and results with the highest degree of transparency. Wherever possible, we measure our contribution and disclose the effectiveness of our work along the value chain.
You can find concrete evaluations of each project on the respective project page.
Siemens Stiftung Projects
We adhere to the “Guiding Principles of Good Practice for Foundations”, published in 2006 by the General Assembly of the Association of German Foundations. These principles codify the responsible, transparent and effective conduct of all employees, boards and committees according to the foundation’s mission.
Siemens Stiftung is a climate-neutral organization and contributes to protecting the climate. All the greenhouse gas emissions produced by the foundation's activities at its Munich and Erlangen locations are documented in an annual carbon footprint report. Emissions totaling 511.5 tons of CO2 equivalent were produced in the period under review from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013.
We will identify various measures in the current fiscal year to reduce our carbon footprint. To take quick action in this regard, we are compensating for the CO2 emissions we produce by means of a climate protection project in Kenya which has been awarded Gold Standard certification.
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