Corporate social responsibility

Corporate social responsibility has a long tradition at DEUTZ. As a corporate citizen with operations around the world, we are aware of our duties and obligations. We assume responsibility for our decisions and our actions, for our products and services, for our customers and lenders, for the environment and for the society in which we live. We have been involved in corporate citizenship activities for many years, not only in our home region in the area around Cologne but also throughout Germany and beyond.

Engine museum still popular with visitors

The number of visitors to our DEUTZ engine museum rose again. More and more people from in and around Cologne, and from other parts of Germany and around the world, are taking the opportunity to discover the origins and history of global motorisation and original machines from the early days of the engine. This all started more than 150 years ago with the founding of N.A. Otto & Cie., the predecessor of today’s DEUTZ AG.

Protected as a cultural asset of the Federal Republic of Germany, the engine collection on display at the technology centre in Cologne-Porz was given a fantastic new exhibit last year, dating from the time of Germany’s post-war economic miracle: the ‘see-through engine’, equivalent to the F12L614 model, a twelve-cylinder drive unit producing 184kW (250HP), was unveiled to the world for the first time in 1955 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show as an exhibition piece. This ‘see-through engine’ was built by our trainees in Ulm. The air-cooled engine powered the Magirus Deutz Uranus, the most powerful German truck of its day.

Getting young people and the unemployed into careers

As part of our corporate social responsibility, we have been working closely for more than 23 years with IN VIA – an association under the auspices of the German Caritas organisation – and the German Federal Employment Agency to provide career preparation courses for young people with learning and social difficulties. In 2014, a total of 36 participants underwent basic metalwork training over a ten-month period at the DEUTZ training centre, which equipped them with the skills they will need to take up a career. We also teamed up with the Spanish government to launch a programme at our plant in Zafra which will train people with no formal vocational education as machine operators. Graduates of the programme are given an official certificate that will improve their career prospects.

Integration of disabled and disadvantaged people

For more than 25 years, DEUTZ AG has worked with Nostra GmbH, one of the largest and oldest organisations for the integration of disabled and disadvantaged people in Germany. The project finds employment in the regular labour market for 40 people who have severe disabilities or are socially disadvantaged. All participants are accommodated in special integration groups, in which disabled and non-disabled people work together in a spirit of inclusivity. This integration of the skills of disabled, socially disadvantaged and non-disabled people is proving particularly successful in the project at the DEUTZ AG site, and is clearly apparent on a day-to-day basis in the interactions with the staff there. DEUTZ has also worked in partnership with GWK, a not-for-profit organisation based in Cologne promoting the integration of people with disabilities, for more than 40 years. In 2014, more than 100 people at GWK were involved in work for DEUTZ. The goods inward, packaging and component manufacturing services provided by Nostra and GWK are closely integrated with DEUTZ AG’s processes. We benefit from the high level of precision demonstrated by their employees, which is backed up by comprehensive investment by both organisations in the training of staff and in their machinery and equipment.

Company choir a highlight at DEUTZ’s 150th anniversary celebration

The performance given by the DEUTZ choir at the anniversary celebration on 9 May 2014 at the Koelnmesse exhibition centre was the most important and the most enduring in its almost 70-year history. Accompanied by Danish soprano Lisa Tjalve and led by artistic director Heinz Walter Florin, the choir sang themselves into the hearts of the international audience with a multilingual programme. Another highlight last year was the series of summer concerts at Cologne Philharmonic Hall.

DEUTZ has long been committed to diversity management: we value the diversity of our individual employees around the world – in terms of gender, origin, age, religion and disability – and we try to harness this for the success of the Company. For example, we have a clear target to increase the number of management positions within the DEUTZ Group that are occupied by women. We talk about our efforts to support young people, to help women advance in the workplace (cross-mentoring) and other diversity-focused activities in the »Employees« section of this annual report.

The members of the Board of Management and managers at DEUTZ are fully aware of their responsibility to set an example. For many years, they have been personally involved in various charitable associations, trade associations, committees, trusts and other forums.