BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment presented

BMW:BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment presented

Munich. The BMW Group has once again recognised
employees around the world for their outstanding social commitment
this year. The BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment were presented
to five employees, two of whom received special awards from the Vera
and Volker Doppelfeld Foundation. Each award is endowed with 5,000
euros, which benefits the respective service projects directly. This
year’s award-winners come from India, Germany and South Africa. Owing
to the special circumstances this year, five additional finalists will
each receive a financial award of 2,500 euros, which will also benefit
these employees’ service projects.

“Courageous commitment to society is increasingly important,
especially in unprecedented times like the current pandemic.
Encouraging every individual to take responsibility is a priority for
me. Our Employee Awards contribute to this by recognising our
associates’ commitment,” explained Ilka Horstmeier, member of the
Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Human Resources and
patron of the award.

Many BMW Group employees are involved in volunteering – in their own
region or in international projects. The diversity of this commitment
is also reflected by the candidates for the award: The 111
applications submitted came from 16 different countries. Due to
current hygiene requirements, this year’s award ceremony was held as a
digital event broadcast to different locations worldwide. 

International commitment

After just six months with the BMW Group, Sankar
Sundaralingam
from Chennai, India has been recognised with
the BMW Award for his Ooruni Foundation. As a co-founder and trustee,
Sundaralingam has been involved since 2015 in providing an educational
support programme for AIDS orphans and organising a job market for
people with disabilities, as well as collecting food donations for
people in need and launching various environmental campaigns. He plans
to use the cash prize to finance the studies of 22 young people.

Ludwig Donharl has worked as an energy maintenance
engineer at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing since 1987. He has shown a
selfless dedication to helping young people in Kenya since taking a
holiday there in 2017 – building a school for 200 children and eight
teachers largely on his own initiative. Donharl realises a wide range
of different projects with the donations he collects, including
supporting a young man who had suffered an accident and needed an
operation so he could return to work. Donharl’s colleagues recognised
his outstanding personal commitment with the BMW Group Associate
Award, which was presented for the first time this year. All company
employees had the chance to choose one of the award-winners in an
online vote.

Jörg Kaufmann founded the Children’s Cancer Research
Society. As its chairman, he and the organisation’s 45 members set
themselves the goal of making childhood cancers curable – no matter
how rare the cancer may be. The association has funded research
projects worth more than one million euros over the past ten years.
The organisation’s biggest success so far was in promoting an antibody
therapy that has now become well established. The prize money from the
BMW Group Award will benefit a cancer research project at the Dr. von
Hauner Children’s Hospital in Munich. 

The Vera and Volker Doppelfeld Foundation will present not one, but
two special awards this year. One of these will go to another founder:
Solly Makgatho from South Africa. The production
employee realised there was great need for safe accommodation for
children in his community. While volunteering as a legal advisor, he
submitted his idea for a separate relief organisation to the
government – laying the foundation for the Gauteng Community
Organisation (GCO) in 2011. Since then, the organisation has provided
no fewer than 120 orphans with shelter, care and education. The
children live in so-called “Green Houses” offering safety, meals and
therapy. The financial award will be used to renovate existing accommodation.

The Doppelfeld Foundation’s second special award went to
Sipho Machaka, also from South Africa. In addition
to working in the paint shop at Plant Rosslyn, he also serves as a
mentor, advisor and trainer at the Golden Youth Club (NPO). This
dynamic initiative offers dance, art and music projects so children
and teenagers can occupy their time in a meaningful way. There are
also opportunities for the young people to educate themselves about
environmental topics and human rights. Machaka himself teaches them
how to live a sustainable lifestyle and seeks to boost their
self-esteem. It is already clear what the next project will be: He
wants to use the financial award to set up a youth centre.

Since there can be no official award ceremony this year, due to the
pandemic, the BMW Group has decided to offer all remaining finalists a
financial award. The employees will each receive 2,500 euros for their
efforts to ensure disadvantaged families in Kenya can afford health
insurance; to support people with disabilities in Tunisia; to provide
hospice care; to develop a test system to identify Covid-19
infections; and to give people with Down syndrome in South Africa the
chance of living a fulfilling life. The BMW Group Awards for Social
Commitment have been presented since 2011. Almost 1,000 projects have
been showcased and 38 award-winners honoured to date.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Angela Konert, Corporate Communications, Human Resources

Telephone: +49 89 382-50591, Angela.Konert@bmw.de 

Eckhard Wannieck, head of Corporate and Culture Communications

Telephone: +49 89 382-24544, Eckhard.Wannieck@bmwgroup.com 

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