As a company, we draw numerous benefits from the society in which we operate – well-trained employees, satisfied customers, legal and political stability and an excellent infrastructure. We believe it is only right that, in line with the concept of corporate citizenship, we assume responsibility and ensure that society also benefits from our success. Our social commitment is based on the same fundamental principle as our entrepreneurial activities – a consistent focus on a manageable number of projects that promise long-term success.

Our not-for-profit activities focus on providing support for science education in schools. After all, skilled employees are a crucial prerequisite for the sustainable success of our company, no matter where in the world it operates. We endeavor to encourage young people to develop a passion for chemistry at a young age, awaken their inventive spirit and make them aware of the diverse career opportunities that the LANXESS Group offers.

Consequently, some 47% of the projects we implemented in 2013 were dedicated to education. A second major pillar of our social commitment is promoting culture, which in 2013 again comprised around 22% of our projects. The geographical focus of our activities shifted toward the Asia-Pacific region in the reporting year, where we implemented half of all projects. Overall, more than 237,000 (2012: more than 60,000) mainly young people benefited from our projects, which we funded with some €1.5 million in 2013 (2012: some €2.6 million).