Increasingly, companies of various industries use sponsorship as a communication tool. For HKS as a family-run company responsibility is a term that is carried far beyond the enterprise boundary. With our commitment to Health, Welfare and Sport, we also want to put social characters that correspond to the traditions and values of our company. We are not just thinking of our employees, but we also think of our fellow men, so we regularly support social institutions.
Another aspect of our social commitment is the sports and physical activity. So we are sponsoring the local football club and also one or the other football tournament with partners and suppliers has been organized.
Social institutions or for example, the high school in the immediate location nearby our HKS premises are supported finanancially in order to avoid a potential shortage of sporting or teaching materials and thus also reinvest regionally.
For us as a family concern awareness of responsibilities is the term that is carried far beyond the company boundaries. With our commitment to health, social welfare and sports, we should also like to send out social signals that represent the tradition and ideals of our company. We not only endeavour do everything in our power for our employees but also to think of our fellow men. For instance, we regularly support social institutions.
Another aspect of our social commitment is the promotion of sports. We sponsor, for instance, the local soccer club and also occasionally soccer matches have already been organised with partners and suppliers. Furthermore, we encourage our employees to take part in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge Company Run in Frankfurt, which is an annual event and the assets are invested in social engagement.
But it is not only sports that are supported, HKS makes a considerable contribution to education. We are promoting the "My Papa reads" project with the help of the Foundation. This is the idea behind giving all the professional fathers and mothers the opportunity to become more prominent as reading models for their children.
We also support specific projects and strive to make regular donations to the worldwide medical emergency of "Médecins Sans Frontières".
Given the fact that only eight percent of fathers in Germany read to their children, but on the other hand, 86 percent of parents see reading as important for the development of their children, the project was born "My dad reads out!". Reading is the key to education, to knowledge, to new worlds and other cultures. It is the basis for understanding, thinking, communication skills. So that children can develop all these things, it is necessary to bring them early in contact with books and reading in general. Of particular importance is the reading socialization in the parental home, because there the crucial groundwork is laid for the reading pleasure of the children and the related educational opportunities.
In this way we - as an employer - use the opportunity to make our employees a service-oriented and overall socially relevant educational offering, that directly benefit the children and families of our employees. At the same time the offer improves the educational opportunities of young talent of our employees, thus promoting the business location Germany.
The German section of Médecins Sans Frontières / MSF was founded in 1993 as a non-profit organization. As part of the international network, the goal is to help people in need, regardless of their ethnic origin, religious or political conviction, to medically and at the same time publicly point out their situation.
The Médecins Sans Frontières network is made up of twenty-four member associations. Twenty-one of them are responsible for managing the network, which provides humanitarian aid in around sixty countries around the world.
This year again, HKS donates to Médecins sans Frontières, therefore no customer gifts will be distributed at Christmas.
The Oberschule "Am Valtenberg" is a direct neighbor to the HKS site in Neukirch / Lausitz. Sponsorship is used here to support equipment for sports lessons such as volley balls, table tennis balls, etc.
230 pupils from the fifth to the tenth grade can benefit from this. The pupils of class 9b of the Oberschule accepted the sponsoring packages for these school classes and posed for the photo.
All partners are listed on a sponsoring board in the sports hall of the school.
HKS is involved in the sponsorship and supports the potential newcomers on the spot.
My name is Johanna Vogt. I am seventeen years old and have lived at the boarding school for sports - the "Glückauf" secondary school in Altenberg - since the age of twelve. I have been attending the Elite school of sports since grade seven.
My way to get started was an article from the Oberlausitzer Biathlon-Club in Ringenhain my parents discovered those days, where they were looking for sport-minded children. Since I was an energetic child and needed some activity next to school, this was the perfect possibility. I enjoyed being able to exercise once or twice a week and was finally accepted at the age of eleven for the sports school. Now I am in the 12th grade and will take my examination in 2018, because I was offered the chance of a school-time extension from twelve to thirteen school years. I accepted this offer gratefully, because now my training week includes eight to ten training units with a respective average duration of one to three hours. This creates a high "double strain" between sports, school and my private life.
The year over I prepare myself through various training methods and training camps with different emphasis. This includes training on skis (classic, skating), mountain biking and racing. I also do power, cross and swim training. A special focus lies on the shooting training with my small-sized rifle.
Two training camps have been held this year. The first in summer in the Fläming region, near Berlin, where the main emphasis was on the basic endurance. The second one took place in Oberhof at the beginning of November in the DKB-skiing hall, where the focus was clearly on the skiing habit and the feeling of snow.
Now the new competition season 2016/2017 has begun. The last training weeks are used once again for an intensive preparation phase, which we spend two weeks in the Austrian Obertilliach every year. AT "Notschrei" in the southern part of the Black Forest I will be starting at the first German-Trophy in the youngster class.
Thanks to the financial support of the company HKS, I am able to cope with the incurring costs through the professional sport.
The SV Melitia has a reliable partner at their side. HKS supported our association, among other things as a major sponsor in our club magazine "Kicker Melitia". In addition, employees of HKS are an important personal support of our association.
We currently provide three teams playing. The first team is in Kreisliga A, the second team plays in Kreisliga D. The special team "SoMa" is aimed at all those footballers who only want to play soccer on a friendliness basis without divisional operations. Here fun and fellowship stands in the focus, even before the sporting competition.
In the youth sector the Melitia is involved in Youth Funding Association (JFV) Kinzigtal. Together with the clubs SG Hesseldorf/Weilers/Neudorf, SV Brachttal, KG Wittgenborn and Germania Wächtersbach the youth work was merged to send each age group team into playing. In this way all Aufenauer have the opportunity to meet for regional tournaments with Melitia. The large number of teams and the own sports facilities involve considerable expenses. This can only be managed through membership fees. Much more the association has to rely on benevolent support of regionally based companies. HKS Dreh-Antriebe GmbH in this respect has always been an extremely responsible company.
This year again an HKS-team will start the run on June 13th, 2017 at 19.30 in the city centre of Frankfurt. The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge is a run for team spirit, collegiality, fairness, communication and health - it is a run over a distance of 5.6 kilometers, which the employees can participate in companies of different sectors. Eligible are employees of companies, government agencies and financial institutions.
In this run it is only secondarily to sports, more important are values that are considered by the company as desirable: team spirit, communication, collegiality, fairness and health.
The event will be held in seven cities across the United States, two European cities (London, Frankfurt) and Sydney (Australia), Singapore, Shanghai and Johannesburg (South Africa). In Frankfurt in 2016 exactly 68.119 runners from 2633 companies started. Thus, the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge is the largest company run in the world and the largest run in Europe at all.