Global responsibility – with a local focus
As a family-owned company, it has always been important to Brose to help people who face difficult situations. We make a conscious effort to concentrate our social commitment on the regions surrounding our locations. This enables us to provide support where our proximity gives us keen insight into the unique local needs and challenges.
Support for over 1,300 immigrants in the town of Coburg
For the third year in a row Brose is supporting the coordination center for people from migrant backgrounds in Coburg. The center serves to make the start in Germany easier for immigrants and refugees and to help them get to grips with everyday life. Since the center was set up it has provided guidance to over 1,300 people from countries such as Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan. In 2017 alone, the figures had reached 32 asylum seekers and 925 individuals who have the right to reside. This year further community accommodation is due to be opening its doors in Coburg for up to 110 people. The advice center is situated in the building of the social welfare office in Coburg, Am Viktoriabrunnen 4. It is housed in the ‘asylum and refugees’ department so that, from the first contact with the office, the coordination center can become involved immediately. The challenges that the coordination center face change and grow constantly, due to issues such as family members following their relatives and the arrangement of living areas. The high figures for demand confirm the necessity for Coburg to continue this action and reinforce why Brose’s involvement is so important.
More than a home for Mexico’s children
In 2012 a children’s home called “Alegria de los Ninos” was established near our Mexican location in El Marques. The facility currently houses more than 100 orphans and other children from socially disadvantaged families. The children receive both psychological care and basic education here. The group home has also been successful in finding new families for orphaned children: In 2016 it has been a home for 123 children and 110 in 2017. Brose has supported the initiative since its inception with material and monetary donations including school supplies and toys.
School education in Curitiba
Our Brazilian location in Curitiba has partnered with the Sao José dos Pinhais local municipal authorities to support the Cyro Pelizzari Educational Center since 2005. Every year the project enables hundreds of children and young adults from socially disadvantaged families to receive education and training. Brose not only offers financial support, but also donates books, arranges visits to theaters and museums and organizes an annual Christmas party. In the future we also plan to offer additional support for “Formare”, a regional vocational training project.
A heart for life
The “Fundacion Kristen” is dedicated to the early detection and treatment of heart defects in unborn babies and small children. Since 2015 our Mexican location in Querétaro has sponsored the foundation established in 2009. This has helped identify heart defects early on in over 1,200 separate cases, enabling doctors to perform 129 in utero operations and 48 postnatal surgeries. All of these efforts have helped save the lives of hundreds of infants and children. Thus far, Brose’s donations have helped cover examination and physician’s costs for 49 children suffering from heart defects.
Home and education program for abused children
The “Minesterios Pan de Vida” children’s home at the Brose Querétaro location in Mexico has helped give homeless and abused children and young adults a safe place to live since it was founded in 1990. The home has already helped 1000 of its charges receive education and training. In 2017 alone, the home had 70 permanent residents. Our company has supported this institution for 20 years now. Many Brose employees also donate their free time to the cause. After all, a solid education including secondary school gives these young people a fighting chance at a better life.
Aid for schools in South Africa
Brose has been actively engaged in aiding South African schools since 2010. Every year we donate materials to support different schools that provide education to socially disadvantaged children. Examples of contributions made by Brose include paying for renovations, donating furnishings, books, musical instruments and other educational materials. In 2017 we sponsored two schools with over 900 students: the IB Damons Combined School located near our partner company Brits and the New Generation Primary School at the Brose East London location. We will continue this support at other nearby schools in 2018.