BMW Group Award for Social Responsibility.

Intercultural understanding
: The BMW Group is a leader in intercultural understanding.

How exactly is this goal pursued?

November 2018. Responsibility is a core value of the BMW Group, which is why the voluntary social work of many employees deserves our utmost respect. The BMW Group has been recognising the volunteer efforts of its employees with the BMW Group Award for Social Responsibility Award since 2011. Under the auspices of Milagros Caiña Carreiro-Andree – Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Director of Human Resources – the company honours three employees each year who take a stand for societal issues in their free time, for example through initiatives for underprivileged children and youths, educational offers and projects in development cooperation.

An additional special prize for younger employees is awarded by the Doppelfeld Foundation of former BMW executive and Chairman of the Supervisory Board Volker Doppelfeld. The winners each receive an earmarked cash prize in the amount of €5,000 for their work.

145 applications from twelve countries and all divisions were submitted in 2018 – the most that have ever been received in a year. 13 employees who were nominated for the prize travelled to Munich for the award ceremony at BMW World. Four of them then had the honour of receiving prizes for their projects.

  • Besides her work for BMW Group Italia, Élisabetta Salvati voluntarily sees to the medical care, primary care and the reintegration of homeless people into society as a street social worker. She received the BMW Group Award for Social Responsibility for her involvement in the project “Unità di Strada” of the Italian Red Cross.
  • Eva-Maria Lottner, Development Engineer at the BMW Group in Munich, has been committed to supporting the “Asociación Jean Donovan” organisation for many years. The organisation supports disadvantaged children and youths in El Salvador on the basis of educational programmes.
  • Karim Zidane works in engine development at the BMW Group. He is also the Chief Executive of “Deutsch-Marokkanischen Kompetenznetzwerk (DMK) e.V.”. The aim of the organisation is to improve the quality of life of the impoverished population in his home country Morocco. The network is active in the areas of education, social issues, economy and environment.
  • The special prize of the Doppelfeld Foundation for younger, committed employees went to Martin Katzensteiner, Mechatronics Engineer at the BMW Group engine plant in Steyr. Following his training at the BMW Group, he completed his national service in the children’s village Tani in Cambodia.  Since his return, he continues to work for children in Cambodia showing a high level of personal comittment, both from Austria and locally.

We are convinced that the voluntary work of our employees contributes to cohesion in society and intercultural understanding. The annual BMW Group Award for Social Responsibility is the ideal platform for acknowledging this commitment.