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Balance 2015 ENG - Social commitment

Sustainability Report Balance // Issue 2015 // Lufthansa Group // 95 Help Alliance – Closer to the world. Closer to its people. As long ago as 1999, employees from all parts of the Lufthansa Group brought the Help Alliance to life. The main task of this charitable association is to collect dona- tions and to use these funds in a meaning- ful way for humanitarian causes. Since its early days, the aid organization has con- centrated on the areas of education, health and nutrition while paying special attention to children and teenagers. The scope of aid projects is varied and includes schools, training facilities, orphan- ages and projects for street children in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and Eastern Europe. To ensure long-term success, a Lufthansa Group or Condor employee is assigned to each project. He or she accompanies the project personally; this includes quality-assuring visits on location as well as reporting duties. The necessary planning security is provided by the Lufthansa Group, which has supported the Help Alliance since its foundation with funds, logistics and communications. The employee organization’s record is impressive: It looks back on 130 success- fully supported projects and provides – together with the Lufthansa Group – emer- gency and reconstruction aid worldwide in the event of catastrophes. The bottom line is that the association has invested almost 10.5 million euros for humanitarian pur- poses over the past 15 years. More than 90 percent of all donations it administers flow directly into its aid projects. To ensure that people dependent on support will in due course successfully take charge of their own lives, all measures are guided by the principle of providing “help for self-help”. An annual report and its own website provide information about the association’s work. Making a commitment to less privileged people around the world and a difference to society as a whole has a long tradition at the Lufthansa Group. This attitude is illustrated by numerous long-term aid projects and initiatives brought to life by its socially engaged employees and supported by its management. Social commitment alliance 15 years of Help Alliance In 2014, the Help Alliance celebrated its 15th anniversary at the Lufthansa Aviation Center. Joining in the celebrations were about 150 friends and supporters, including the association’s new patroness, Vivian Spohr. She took the baton from her prede- cessor Bettina Lauer, who had championed the Help Alliance since 2009. For her tenure the wife of the Lufthansa Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr is planning among other things to increase awareness of the employee organization and to open up new sources of revenues. Furthermore, the aid organization’s website received a fresh look to mark the 15th anniversary. “Companies, such as the Lufthansa Group, which embody certain values have an obligation to get involved in social issues. It is a stroke of luck that Lufthansa can count on employees who pull together.” Vivian Spohr, Patroness Help Alliance e.V.