The Würth Group donates EUR 420,700 to UNICEF
As part of a worldwide campaign week, the Würth Group supported the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) by making a donation to an aid program that supports schools in Bolivia affected by climate change and gives children access to high-quality education.
Every child should have access to education regardless of their social background. Access to an education that does not exclude anybody and offers equal opportunities to all. Children have a right to learn. Only in this way can they understand the world, shape the future and participate in social and political life. With our donation we make a contribution towards this.
This is the fifth time that Würth has handed a donation cheque to UNICEF. A total of EUR 420,700 was raised during the RW WORKOUT Week.
Christian Schneider, Managing Director of UNICEF Germany, says:
"The major challenges of our time affect children in particular and climate change is just as much a part of this as extreme poverty or violent conflicts. We certainly cannot solve such challenges on our own. We need strong partners on our side who join us in making a difference and help, for example, to open up opportunities for children through education. On behalf of the children, we would like to express our sincere thanks to the Würth Group and its employees for their generous support and the great fundraising campaign, which has been making a major contribution to children in need for as many as five years now."
About the RW WORKOUT Week
For more than 30 years, RW WORKOUT Week has been an integral part of the cooperation between the inside staff and the field sales force of Würth Group companies. During this ride-along campaign, inside employees accompany sales representatives on their daily customer visits. This does not only boost their cooperation, but also gives both the sales force and the customers the opportunity to suggest improvements and ideas to inside staff in personal conversations. After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, many Würth companies could finally resume customer visits in person again this year. Companies with more stringent COVID-19 restrictions organized ride-alongs over the phone. A total of 8,655 ride-alongs were realized worldwide within the framework of the RW WORKOUT Week. On the basis of the ride-along campaign, which lasted several days and resulted in plenty of customer visits, the Würth Group raised a total of EUR 420,700 for the benefit of UNICEF.
Bolivia: resilient schools for children
The donation will support the UNICEF program for resilient schools in Bolivia. Resilient schools are schools which, despite adverse circumstances such as natural disasters and the effects of climate change, continue to offer children and adolescents the opportunity to receive education. In resilient schools there is furthermore a focus on the transfer of knowledge one the topic of climate change. This enables children and adolescents to engage in their communities and interact with communities and authorities on climate change and risk management in the event of natural disasters.
In addition to providing access to education, resilient schools thus make an important contribution to community empowerment and resilience in particularly vulnerable communities.
The donation will benefit 700 children and adolescents in eight schools out of a total of 45 institutions enrolled in the overall project. The schools will be equipped with solar panels, groundwater pumps and Internet connection, and 70 teachers will be trained on climate change. The program also establishes a network of teachers to exchange best practices on natural disaster risk management.
About the Würth Group
The Würth Group is the world’s market leader in the development, production, and distribution of assembly and fastening materials. Other trading and production companies, known as the Allied Companies, operate in related business areas, including electrical wholesaling, electronics, and financial services. The Group employs more than 84,000 employees in over 400 companies operating 2,500 shops across 80 countries. According to the audited annual financial statement, the Group generated consolidated sales of EUR 17.1 billion and an operating result before tax of EUR 1,270 million in the 2021 fiscal year.