For Joh. Barth & Sohn it has long been a matter of course to assume social responsibility and work together with our employees, customers and suppliers to support a variety of projects and institutions.
In 2012 we adopted a donation policy for Joh. Barth & Sohn. The basis for this is our mission and the values we stand for as a company. The policy helps make decision-making processes more objective and strict, as it includes a system for approving and rejecting donations. We pay particular attention to whether a request for donations matches our corporate objectives and can be reconciled with our philosophy and values.
The form of our donations is always matched to the needs of the respective organisations and projects. Possibilities include:
Donations in kind, in the form of
Voluntary work by our employees
MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS
Only those who play a part can shape the future.
The German Hop Industry Association
The International Hop Growers Convention (IHGC)
Gesellschaft für Hopfenforschung (Hop Research Institute)
SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange)
EcoVadis (Supplier Sustainability Ratings)
ASBC (American Society of Brewing Chemists)
MBAA (Master Brewers Association of the Americas)
OTHER MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS
DBMB (German Society of Master Brewers and Malt Masters)
Private Brauereien Bayern e.V. (Bavarian Association of Private Breweries).
Bund Österreichischer Braumeister und Brauereitechniker (Austrian Society of Master Brewers and Brewing Technicians)
Asociación Española de Técnicos de Cerveza y Malta (Spanish Association of Beer and Malt Technicians)
Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin e.V. (Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing in Berlin)
Wissenschaftliche Station für Brauerei in München e.V. (The Scientific Station of Munich Breweries).
Verband ehemaliger Weihenstephaner der Brauerabteilung e.V. (Association of Alumni of the Weihenstephan Brewing Department)
University of Munich Alumni Mentoring Programme
Weihenstephaner Förderverein für Brau, Getränke- und Getreidetechnologie e.V. (Weihenstephan Friend’s Association for Brewing, Beverage and Grain Technology)
The German hop industry’s “Sustainability in Hop Growing” working group
“Commodity Expert Group Hops” EU working group (CEG)
Member of the advisory board for the Nuremberg savings bank
Chambers of Commerce and Industry for Central Franconia, Upper Swabia and the Upper Palatinate
Slow Brewing Institut - Das Brauen mit Zeit für Geschmack e.V. (Slow Brewing Institute – Brewing with Time for Flavour)
CULTURE, SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT, SPORT AND EDUCATION
We promote what is good for our stakeholders.
In our view, it is the duty of a regionally active company to support the preservation and cultivation of local customs and tradition. That is why we sponsor various events, such as the Dellnhausen Folk Music Festival, the Hallertau Beer Festival and, of course, the crowning of the Hallertau and Tettnang Hop Queens. (www.volksmusikfest.de, www.hallertauer-bierfestival.de)
As part of our commitment to promoting skills-based (vocational) education we support Gabelsberger Secondary School in Mainburg, where our central purchasing office is located, by organising project days for pupils. Furthermore, we are a partner for project seminars assisting sixth-form pupils with university course and career selection. (www.gabelsberger-gymnasium.de)
A matter truly close to our hearts is the support we provide for the Thusnelda School in our immediate neighbourhood in Nuremberg. This primary and junior secondary school accomplishes great things in taking care of and educating its pupils, and is particularly focused on integration.
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The school offers its pupils a variety of extra-curricular activities and since July 2014 has also held the title “School without racism – school with courage”. We are impressed by this commitment and have been pleased to help the school financially for many years. This has helped make the school’s music project a reality, for example. As part of another Thusnelda School project that we supported, pupils were able to buy food, cook a delicious and healthy lunch and then eat together. These projects are designed to strengthen the children’s solidarity and sense of community. (www.thusneldaschule.de)
Children at the Noriszwerge nursery school learn that it can be fun to play with the simplest of objects, such as buttons, in order to learn how to count.
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Every morning, breakfast is prepared and eaten together to strengthen the sense of family. A lot has to be financed by the parents themselves and volunteers sacrifice much of their free time.
For some years now, Joh. Barth & Sohn has been purchasing equipment, including a new sandpit, sunshades, etc., and supporting the project with financial donations.
Joh. Barth & Sohn supports various projects organised by Hämmerleinsmühle each year. The theme this year is “Think sustainable”. In this project, young people from all over the world are asked to develop their personal relationship with the often-overused term “sustainability” and learn what sustainable thinking means. (www.haemmerleinsmuehle.de)
Each year, Joh. Barth & Sohn donates to the St. Jakob’s Church open-door Christmas event. This gives lonely needy people the opportunity to take part in a communal Christmas celebration. Furthermore, we donate gifts in order to give at least a little pleasure to socially disadvantaged people whose fates have often pushed them to the periphery of society. (www.jakobskirche-nuernberg.de)
Alongside the company, the BARTH Foundation for Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, established by one of our partners Stephan J. Barth, is also involved in educational matters. This foundation is autonomous and independent from the company. As a company we support the foundation with donations. In 2014/15, our sales team had the idea of donating €1 to the foundation for every kilogramme of Finest Harvest Edition sold.
Joh. Barth & Sohn makes financial donations to Bürger und Geschichtsverein Mögeldorf e.V., an association in our district whose activities include various themed evening events for parents. In the last year, for example, they organised an evening to provide help and tips on how parents can protect their children from the dangers of the Internet. Also in the last year they organised a trip in the school holidays where children and their carers were able to enjoy a fun-packed three days in the outdoors.
Every year there are collections at Joh. Barth & Sohn for the Bavarian Red Cross. School items such as pens, notepads and other items for daily use are donated for those in need.
In the last year we also supported the Rummelsberg Diaconal Institution’s “Schutzbengel” (“Guardian Rascals”) campaign. The aim of the campaign is to show that engaging with young people – especially those “problem children” who have trouble finding their place in our society – is a matter of critical importance for the future. The campaign runs its own projects and is setting up a nationwide network of “guardian rascals”.
Newspaper article from Hallertauer Zeitung of 31.07.2015: "A sustainable gift"
Children’s eyes light up at the Nardini integrative child day care centre. The reason: children, parents, staff and the sponsor foundation (Lebenshilfe Landshut) alike are all delighted at the sight of a tree donated to the centre. The tree, financed by Joh. Barth & Sohn (hop merchants) and Alexander Neidhart (fence construction), along with an accompanying seating area costing €3,000, not only improves the appearance of the garden and, in some years, will provide shade for the children – it is also a symbol of environmental awareness. “Sustainability is an issue for us, too”, said manager Manuela Pollner. “We are pleased with the addition to our garden’s tree population and would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you once again.”
The Kressbronn-Toril Education Programme (KTEP) has been helping people in need in the small town of Toril in the Philippines for nearly 25 years. The principal focus of the programme is on sustainable projects that help people in the long term to earn their own living. This programme was established by one of our employees, Dr. Reinhold Kugel, and his wife Aurora, and we are not only proud to have such committed employees, but are also glad to support them in voluntary work of this kind. (www.ktep.de)
Since 2015 we have also been supporting the charitable organisation Lebenshilfe Nürnberg in a special way. We source the number plates for our vehicle fleet from the Lebenshilfe workshop for disabled people. We are pleased to support this social project and have also encouraged our employees to take advantage of this offer personally.
We’re proud of your volunteering.
Joh. Barth & Sohn’s attitude to social issues and its willingness to actively engage is also reflected in the private voluntary work done by our employees. They define the character of the company: it is only with considerate employees that we can be a considerate company. That’s why we support our employees’ commitment in various ways. Employees who take part in voluntary work in their free time are offered a choice of financial support, donations in kind or time off for this activity. The support provided ranges from financial assistance for youth teams, to material donations for relevant events, to paid time off for voluntary activities such as the voluntary fire brigade, local politics etc.
Taking part in the B2RUN Corporate Run in Nuremberg
Every year, since 2010, some of our employees use their free time to take part in the B2RUN Corporate Run. This running event gives both runners and Nordic walkers the chance to combine the pleasures of sport and fundraising for charity together.
The course goes around the Nuremberg football club’s stadium and the nearby lake before the grand entrance into the stadium to cross the finish line. We have been represented by at least 12 runners every year since 2010. In 2014 we had as many as 22 entrants.
Our employees’ voluntary participation in this sport and charity event under our company name shows how our company community truly lives social sustainability.