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Refugee assistance
that makes a difference

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The continuing flow of refugees poses a major challenge for society. Integration can — and must — provide the answer. It is our aim to make a meaningful contribution to this process. Because at MAN, we see ourselves as part of society. We have joined forces with our employees, our strategic partner SOS Children’s Villages, and other aid organizations to create brighter prospects for people who have fled their homelands.

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Refugee assistance
that makes a difference

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The continuing flow of refugees poses a major challenge for society. Integration can — and must — provide the answer. It is our aim to make a meaningful contribution to this process. Because at MAN, we see ourselves as part of society. We have joined forces with our employees, our strategic partner SOS Children’s Villages, and other aid organizations to create brighter prospects for people who have fled their homelands.

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Refugees in Germany


Every day, people arrive in Germany after being forced to flee their home countries. They are hoping to find a new life here — a life that offers liberty and security. In 2015, the number of asylum seekers more than doubled compared to the previous year. Three percent of the applicants are minors who made the journey unaccompanied by an adult.

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Help that moves the world


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Fields of action
covered by MAN refugee aid initiatives

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Donations


The Executive Board and the Group Works Council joined forces to encourage donations from MAN employees at our sites in Germany. Employee donations were topped off by the Company, resulting in a sum of €200,000 for refugee assistance.

We are using this money to provide aid on different levels — regional and international, emergency relief and longterm support.

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Regional aid projects at MAN sites

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MAN did not have to think twice about assisting the efforts to welcome and integrate refugees. We offer refugees the chance of a brighter future — through targeted activities ranging from emergency relief programs to longterm projects such as education initiatives.

Fields of action
covered by MAN refugee aid initiatives

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Mobility assistance


Mobility often poses a challenge for refugees. As a manufacturer of trucks and buses, MAN believes it has a special obligation to help here. Working with the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and the Munich public transportation operators, we came up with an idea to help both refugees and volunteers get to where they need to go.

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Buses for the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

MAN provided the BAMF with three buses and drivers to help them in their work. The federal agency deploys mobile teams to provide flexible assistance at initial reception facilities. The teams go wherever a large number of asylum seekers have arrived and need to be registered.

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We help refugees get to where they need to go. MAN donated €15,000 to the City of Munich for public transportation tickets, which have been made available to refugees free of charge.

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Strong partnership


The longstanding partnership between MAN and SOS Children‘s Villages has proven invaluable in providing aid to refugees. This aid targets refugee minors who have come to Germany unaccompanied by an adult. MAN employees are actively involved in different projects organized by SOS Children‘s Villages that are designed to help young refugees.

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MAN trainees take responsibility for young refugees

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    Eight MAN trainees met with employees of the Ammersee SOS Children’s Village in late 2015 for a workshop at which they came up with ways to help build a brighter future for young refugees.

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    In one activity, the trainees invited the unaccompanied refugee minors from the SOS Children’s Village to tour the plant in Munich and learn about the different vocational training programs offered by MAN.

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    By organizing regular meetings and shared events with the young refugees, the MAN trainees are taking on responsibility for helping them find their way in Germany and build a brighter future.

Donations to SOS Children’s Villages


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Employee volunteering


Effective refugee assistance depends on the untiring efforts of volunteers. Whether privately organized or in cooperation with an aid organization, the focus of these efforts is on helping refugees learn about and become integrated in their host country. Here are some of our dedicated employee volunteers.

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    “We realize the importance of offering direct help to refugees trying to integrate into our society. That was why my wife and I set up a non-profit organization. We are grateful that MAN is helping us by allowing us to have this “second job.”
    Joachim Dütz, IT-Manager in Munich

    Since 2013 Joachim Dütz and other volunteer helpers have been organizing bicycle workshops for asylum seekers. Their philosophy is helping others to help themselves — they work with the refugees to refurbish donated bicycles with the aim of teaching both selfreliance and mechanical skills. Once the bicycles have been repaired, they are given to the refugees at no charge.

    Joachim Dütz and his wife Silke, who also works at MAN, are looking to expand their initiative. With this in mind, they have set up a non-profit organization called “Think Twice.” Silke Dütz is now planning to open an integration café next to the bicycle workshop.

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    “It was a lot of fun working with my colleagues to do some good. By sorting clothing donations, we not only lent a hand to the refugee helpers at the shelter in Munich, but also grew a bit closer as a team.”
    Friederike Schön, head of the Procurement department in in Munich
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    The MAN Procurement function combined their annual Christmas party with a good cause, helping the team at the central refugee shelter in Munich. Some 50 employees sorted donations in the clothing bank, which provides clothes for more than 300 refugees each day — plus toys for the children.

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    “We would like to build a brighter future for young refugees by helping them get to know their new home. So my fellow trainees and I regularly organize activities with them.”
    Andrea Westermeier, employee in Telematics & Digital Solutions, former trainee in Truck Sales

    At the end of 2015, Andrea Westermeier joined forces with other MAN trainees to organize an Advent rally for unaccompanied refugee minors living at the Ammersee SOS Children’s Village. On this occasion the young people got to know each other better while discussing different customs and traditions.

    The joint Advent celebration is just one aspect of the longstanding partnership between MAN and the SOS Children’s Village. The trainees also gave the refugees a tour of the MAN plant in Munich and took them to an FC Bayern basketball game. Plans in the works for 2016 include culinary evenings and education mentoring, as the trainees take responsibility for helping the refugees become better integrated.

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    “Practical assistance is important. Donations of useful items can help the refugees feel more at home in their new accommodation.”
    Heinrich Bachhuber, Head of Gastronomy and Catering in Munich
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    In December 2015, MAN donated ten tables and 30 chairs from the former MAN Truck & Bus visitor restaurant in Munich — representing a total value of almost €1,500. Heinrich Bachhuber, Head of Gastronomy and Catering, collaborated with Jens Schelp, who heads up the Facility Management team, to organize the donation. The City of Munich agency responsible for refugee living arrangements accepted the donation and coordinated the distribution of the furniture.

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Training


We see immigration as an opportunity. The shortage of skilled professionals in Germany will only increase as the country’s demographics continue to shift. Now it is important to give motivated refugees a chance to build a better future. To this end, MAN not only makes donations to integration projects, but also fosters the integration of refugees in the Company.

The long road to a new life

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    Two refugees, Muhammad (left) and Samuel (right), had to travel a long hard road before starting their initial training at MAN. Muhammad, who now lives with foster parents, travelled almost a year to reach Germany from Afghanistan. His colleague Samuel, who comes from Egypt, lives in a group home in Augsburg. The two worked hard to learn German so they would be able to find employment, practicing vocabulary and studying grammar with friends at school and counselors in the group home. This helped them score points in the job interview.

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    Herbert Huttner, Head of the MAN Vocational Training Center, was quickly impressed with Muhammad and Samuel. Both spoke good German and had already learned how to handle machinery and tools by completing several internships. In late 2015, the two young men started their initial training in the industrial mechanics program at MAN in what was a further step toward self-sufficient lives in their host country.

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    Muhammad and Samuel are just two of the 117 vocational trainees who launched their careers at the MAN Vocational Training Center in September 2015. The two refugees obtained this opportunity through a pilot project between MAN, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Federal Labor Office. By participating in the project, MAN is aiming to make it easier for refugees to enter the German job market and improve their prospects for the future.

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Donations for education


Of the €200,000 in donations collected during the joint works council, corporate, and employee donation drive, €100,000 was earmarked for fostering the integration of refugees through training and education.

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