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DLH_Balance_2016_ENG - Social Commitment

100 // Corporate Citizenship Help Alliance The aviation group bundles its social com- mitment in the Help Alliance, an aid organi- zation founded by employees in 1999. The registered charity works above all for poor, ill and socially disadvantaged children and youths in Africa, Asia, Central and South America as well as eastern Europe. At the center of the Help Alliance’s humanitarian work, which is guided by the worldwide standards of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, are the issues of education, health care and nutrition. Every year, the Help Alliance looks after about 40 projects in the area of develop- ment cooperation and administers annual donations of signi cantly more than 1 mil- lion euros. Ef cient structures and the assumption of personal responsibility by employees across the Lufthansa Group ensure that the administrative costs remain at a consistently low level. Emphasis in 2015: Refugee aid In the reporting year, the Lufthansa Group and the Help Alliance placed their empha- sis on aid to refugees. The aid organization closely coordinates its activities with the companies of the Lufthansa Group and applies a three-level concept. It includes projects in development aid, concrete emergency relief and long-term integration projects at the Group’s important locations in Germany. The Lufthansa Group takes advantage of its logistic, nancial and organi- zational means to provide aid where it is needed the most – long-term, sustainably and with hands-on participation from employees. Social Commitment Hamburg: Preparatory classes for young refugees Starting on October 1, 2015, the Help Alliance joined forces with the Hamburg- based association basis & woge to launch a long-term learning sponsorship project. The goal is to give young refugees with an uncertain residence permit status better access to the job market and to promote their social integration. For this purpose 15 young men and women in their senior year at the Staatliche Gewerbeschule für Bautechnik (State Vocational School for Construction Technology) in Hamburg currently attend a preparatory class. Each of these students is paired with a volunteer mentor from Lufthansa Technik, who accompanies his or her mentee intensively every step of the way. The Lufthansa Group assumed the sponsorship for this project in the context of the German industry’s inte- gration initiative “Wir zusammen” (“We together”), founded in February 2016. Düsseldorf: Educational opportunities for students in socially troubled areas New to the Help Alliance’s project portfolio since 2015 has been its cooperation with Chancenwerk e. V. in Düsseldorf. This association has developed a unique con- cept for the promotion of education in which three partner schools, all located in the city’s socially troubled areas, partici- pate. At the project’s heart are “learning cascades”, which means that university students teach older secondary school students in a subject of their choice. The latter agree, in turn, to support younger schoolmates in a similar fashion. The “For the Help Alliance and the Lufthansa Group, it is a matter of course to provide initial aid to refugees and to open up professional per- spectives for young migrants by supporting long-term measures.” Vivian Spohr Patroness Help Alliance e. V. alliance

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