Regional added value

Guiding principle 11

Responsibility towards our fellow man, and towards the region

We live out our social responsibility by involving the region in many of our projects, along with other measures. In this way, fischer makes an important contribution to attaining Sustainable Development Goal 9: Establishing a reliable infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and supporting innovations. 

Knowledge factory /School campaigns /Education initiatives

Together with over 120 companies and foundations from various sectors, fischer has been committed to supporting knowledgetransfer and the development of competence in technology, science, economic education and entrepreneurship – both financially and with personnel. Company owner Prof. Klaus Fischer was active as a founding member of the Knowledge Factory from the start, in order to support pre-school and school children with innovative education projects, to feed their thirst for knowledge and curiosity and thus to support their development. In this framework, the fischer group of companies is successfully realising the Erzählwerkstatt (fischer’s own story tent), TECHNOlino, KieWi (children discover industry), KiTec (children discover technology), School2Start-Up and SIA (school pupil engineering academy) and TECademy projects with numerous nurseries and schools.
Qualified employees are essential in order to be competitive going forward. The path for this is not only set in the corporate training, but much earlier. This is why the fischer group of companies promotes the talent of young people in numerous education projects and initiatives in kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools. The fischer School Campaign is aimed at school pupils who are supported in their career orientation. Thanks to mentoring by education officers from fischer, more than 50 schools in the area around the headquarters in Waldachtal are supported with programmes preparing school children for the professional world.
The 9th forum for high school graduates in 2019 organised by the fischer group of companies was devoted to a highly topical subject: “Online first – Does digitisation make students smarter?”. Over 200 future graduates as well as trainees and dual-study students from the company discussed important questions about the future of digital development with experts from politics, economics and science. Prof. Klaus Fischer initiated a new student competition following the successful event. During the finale of the first “Future school digital prize” from the fischer group of companies in May of 2020, secondary school students found solutions to current questions surrounding education and digitisation. Due to contact restrictions, the project teams at fischer partner schools presented their results virtually to the distinguished jury via video conference. 

Daycare centre (uniting family and work)

Family and work – this should be easy to combine, especially in a family-run company. The fischer group of companies support parents with a flexible working hours model and with the Waldachtal daycare centre. The cooperation with the daycare centre offers employees many new possibilities. Thanks to this establishment, care options for kids – from infants to those ready for grade 1 – is available in the direct vicinity of the company. fischer supports the daycare centre not just organisationally, but also financially and through various projects that benefit the educators and primarily all the children at the centre. Prof. Klaus Fischer supported the construction of the daycare centre “In Heaven” (Im Himmelreich) with a sum of one million euros.

DachenEi (Dragon egg)

Since 2013, the trainees and dual-study students of the fischer group of companies have been supporting the DrachenEi initiative with great enthusiasm. With the money gained from independently organised campaigns, they support children from the district, who because of their financial situation, do not have the possibility to learn in clubs or take courses, or to participate in musical, sporting and cultural programmes. In total, fischer has donated around 25,000 euros to the “DrachenEi” organisation since the collaboration began.

Projects for the children of employees

“My Dad is reading”:

This project is aimed at all working fathers and mothers of children up to the age of twelve. The goal is to give parents – especially fathers – the opportunity to show up for their children as reading role models and take on their role as promoters of reading. Every Friday, employees get a new story from the reading foundation with added tips for reading (aloud).

“Where do mom and dad work?”:

On these promotional days, fischer opens its doors to the curious children of employees. They get to experience where their parents work and what tasks they supervise. A colourful accompanying programme rounds off the day. 

“Discover cooking with fischer”:

The little ones learn how much fun it can be to prepare a tasty and healthy menu. The team at the in-house company restaurant provides a glimpse behind the scenes and employees find out more about the subject and get active in various kid-friendly cooking courses.

Local clubs

fischer regularly supports regional clubs in their volunteer activities with in-kind and monetary donations.

Local fire departments

For many years, fischer has been an active and regular supporter of fire departments near our headquarters in Waldachtal, as well as at other German locations. Company owner Prof. Klaus Fischer outfitted the Waldachtal fire department with an armoured personnel character, among other equipment. At the suggestion of the District Fire Brigade Association of Freudenstadt, in September 2016, the fischer group of companies received the “Honorary Office Employer in Civil Protection” prize from the state of Baden-Württemberg.

In addition, fischer has maintained its own plant fire brigade for 50 years – the first, and today still the only such fire brigade in the region. In this way, the company helps improve fire protection and ongoing workplace safety. The fischer fire brigade works closely with official agencies and voluntary fire departments at the locations, helping to train employees on handling fire extinguishers.

Sponsoring

fischer supports three regional soccer clubs and additional sports clubs and individuals. For instance, three-time Olympic Champion, World and European Champion in equestrian eventing, Michael Jung from Horb-Altheim, is intensively supported.

Research and teaching

In recognition of his commitment to research, company owner Prof. Klaus Fischer received the State’s Order for Merit in May 2018. On the occasion, Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann had the following to say: “The promotion of the next scientific generation in particular has taken great steps forward in many areas thanks to his commitment.” fischer also supports endowed professorships in collaboration with universities. The goal is to promote research and development at universities and to form its implementation through knowledge-transfer. In 2015, fischer provided the University of Stuttgart with close to 1.6 million Euros for a period of six years. This allowed the junior professorship “Innovative reinforcement methods with fastenings” to be set up, equipped and implemented. The endowed junior professorship is conceived as an interdisciplinary professorship in order to combine the areas of material science, fastening technology and building surveying. It is domiciled in the Faculty of Construction and Engineering at the Institute of Construction Materials (IWB). Globally there is currently no other professorship with an equivalent orientation.

An essential requirement for human life is the sustainable use of natural resources. However the knowledge of the technical options that can be realised from the ecological and economic usage of many materials is limited. The “Bio-based Construction” endowed professorship set up for four years by Prof. Klaus Fischer in spring 2017, researches load-bearing systems and structures based on forms in nature. The interdisciplinary professorship covers the areas of constructive design, creative design of structures, and resource-efficient construction.

Furthermore, fischer supports the new foundation of the Nordschwarzwald campus in Freudenstadt with money and content. The company provides lecturers and lecture scripts in the subjects of digitisation and sustainability for the Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Luftikus (happy-go-lucky)

fischer also supported the project Luftikus, in which a children's house was built in the region where long-term ventilated children are looked after. The project was successfully completed in 2015. The former Morlok ski factory in Baiersbronn was cleverly converted into an attractive and practically designed house for ventilated children and their families. As a member of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Klaus Fischer personally supported the campaign and assisted it with material support. fischer promoted the project with fastening technology for the individual trade groups as well as with donations. This exemplary attitude prompted many other companies to advance the project with services and contributions

Personal commitment

Company owner, Prof. Klaus Fischer, is very active in supporting educational measures and social establishments. In spring 2015, he started the Klaus Fischer Foundation to support the education of children and youth. His generous financial commitment is reflected in many projects, like the children's daycare centre in Waldachtal. Schools and nurseries in the district also profit from his donations, along with clubs and organisations, which have made supporting children and young people their aim. On his birthday, he donated 100,000 Euros in Germany for young people's educations and in Italy, the foreign country with the largest fischer subsidiary, he donated 65,000 Euros for schools, nurseries and children with cancer. Klaus Fischer also contributed to the rebuilding of Notre-Dame de Paris following the major fire in 2019: with financial contributions, as well as by providing technical expertise from the fischer France national company.
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