Social Commitment

The Lufthansa Group continually refines the professional structures of its social commitment to make them even more dynamic and sustainable. The focus is on the objective to bundle aid and social integration projects under the aviation company’s roof in an economical way and to steer them in a goal-oriented manner.

help alliance – The key pillar of the social commitment of Lufthansa Group

help alliance is the charity of the Lufthansa Group. 

It is the key pillar of the social commitment of the Group. In its work, it benefits from the strength and the network of the Lufthansa Group and its staff. 

The not-for-profit organization now covers more than 30 projects from around the world under one umbrella, which is intended to help young people in particular to access education and to enable them to lead self-determined lives – in accordance with the motto „Closer to the World. Closer to its People.” 

In addition to the major focus on education and enabling, the help alliance supports entrepreneurship. All project content corresponds with the strict standards of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the sustainable development goals of the UN Agenda 2030. The projects are funded solely through donations. This also includes voluntary salary donations from employees of the Lufthansa Group. The option of the so-called payroll giving is initially open to about 80,000 employees and retirees who are covered by the Lufthansa Group’s joint payroll system.

The construction of the iThemba Primary School in the Capricorn township in Cape Town, South Africa, is the help alliance’s largest project so far with an investment volume of more than 1 million euros.

Since its inauguration in January 2018, 105 children can be taught in three classrooms. As soon as construction is completed, 700 disadvantaged boys and girls will receive a highquality education and thus a perspective for a better future.

With the construction of the iThemba Primary School, the help alliance is significantly expanding its commitment with a clear focus on the Sustainable Development Goal “Quality Education” of the UN Agenda 2030. 

The voluntary commitment of the polyglot employees of the Lufthansa Group has always been at the center of the work. They take on direct responsibility and are involved in the projects with their knowledge, skills and networks. The personal contacts create trust, and ensure that the donations actually get to where they are needed. 

To this end, help alliance works with competent local partners who have long-term experience in development cooperation, and who are very familiar with the local circumstances and, primarily, with the needs of the people. 

You can find further information on help alliance at www.helpalliance.org.

Cargo Human Care

Uncomplicated and professional medical help for the people in Nairobi – that is the basic idea of the humanitarian aid project “Cargo Human Care”. Employees at Lufthansa Cargo founded the charitable organization in cooperation with German physicians in 2007. The cargo airline’s Executive Board has supported the aid project from the very beginning. Lufthansa Cargo provides flight tickets for physicians and available transport capacities aboard their freighter aircraft, both free of charge.In this way, medical equipment and aid supplies can be shipped directly to Nairobi.

At the Cargo Human Care Medical Center in Nairobi, 50 German physicians provide about 2,000 treatments a month. One central pillar of the development aid work is the sponsorship program: the funds generated on a regular basis in its framework currently benefit more than 250 children, youths and young adults who receive medical care in addition to a solid education and vocational training.

Miles to Help - Donating miles for a worthy cause

The Miles to Help initiative, which was launched in November 2006 by Miles & More, enables participants of frequent-flyer programs to donate their bonus miles to selected help alliance projects and Cargo Human Care. You can find further information on Miles to Help and the individual projects at www.miles-and-more.com/milestohelp.

On Board Collection: Watch the new help alliance film, which is shown on board Lufthansa's long-haul aircraft to collect donations.