Corporate social responsibility
We support different social and health institutions, as well as schools and training institutes in the regions where we have a presence. Our support currently focuses on training and continuing education.
Between 2012 and 2017, Holzindustrie Schweighofer gave a total of over €5 million to social health and training projects in Romania.
Tomorrow's Forest: 1 million trees for degraded forest land
The Association of Forest Administrators (AFA), or "Asociaţia Administratorilor de Păduri" (AAP) and ”Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, with the support of Holzindustrie Schweighofer, are helping private and community forest owners regenerate degraded forest surfaces all over Romania. The "Tomorrow`s Forest" replanting project will have a strong positive impact on local communities actively involved in it, by substantially contributing to the conservation of forest resources to prevent erosion, landslides and floods in the respective areas.
"Tomorrow's Forest" is responding to an urgent need for the reforestation of land belonging to private owners and local administrations. Forest lands were restituted in several stages and various factors have in some cases led to forest degradation. Subsidies are in place for afforestation of degraded agricultural land but not for replanting on such areas.
AAP is managing the replanting and aftercare, while the University of Suceava is providing its scientific expertise for the selection and replanting process. Holzindustrie Schweighofer is providing project management, funding, volunteers, community outreach and the educational component of the project and will contribute over €1 million to ensure it is implemented smoothly. The replanting project is open to any private forest owner and village/city hall and runs from 2017 - 2024. Proposals can be submitted via the Tomorrow's Forest website.
Extensive scholarship programme for exceptional students
Holzindustrie Schweighofer's extensive scholarship programme encourages the development of the future professionals of teh timber industry.
For the third year in a row, Holzindustrie Schweighofer is in 2017 supporting forestry and wood engineering students who have attained exceptional achievements in these fields. The company is a partner of the Romanian educational institutions and in the 2017-2018 academic year has granted 24 scholarships to students from faculties in three universities: Brașov, Suceava and Cluj. The total value of each scholarship his RON 8,000 for the entire academic year. The winners of the scholarships are selected by the representatives of the partner faculties following a competition that includes a theoretical exam and a practical test.
The company has also been supporting a vocational class at the “Grigore Cobălcescu” College of Technology in Moinești, Bacău County, since in the 2016/2017 school year. In this class, 14 students are trained, for three years, to become locksmiths, and another 14 students are trained to become electricians. Students receive a monthly scholarship from the company and also have the opportunity to carry out paid internships in Holzindustrie Schweighofer’s Romanian factories. In addition, the company has sponsored modern laboratory equipment and the renovation of its dormitory.
Maria Ward Social Centre in Rădăuți
The “Maria Ward” Social Centre in Rădăuți provides support for children of disadvantaged families. The centre accommodates around 50 children and is run by the sisters of the Congregatio Jesu, specialised staff, student volunteers and teachers. The children receive help with their homework and school tasks, receive supplies, a daily dietary supplement and occasionally a food package for their families, health and hygiene education materials for personal hygiene, health care and financial support for the purchase of medical treatment. At the same time, employment advice, cultural and educational programmes, social assistance and counselling are provided to their families.
In the autumn of 2014, the Maria Ward Social Centre moved into a new, and modern building that was built in just one year with funding provided by Holzindustrie Schweighofer’s funding.
A new home for senior citizens in Rădăuți
Holzindustrie Schweighofer supported the construction of a new home for the elderly in Rădăuți; the opening ceremony took place in October 2017.
The modern building has 20 rooms and also includes space for medical offices, a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, laundry room and other administrative areas. Fourty senior citizens will benefit from the centre’s services and specialist staff.
Holzindustrie Schweighofer invested over €733,000 in the construction of the building while furniture and beds were kindly donated by the Wilhelminenspital and Kardinal Schwarzenberg Klinikum, two Austrian hospitals. The equipment was transported to Romania free of charge by the logistics company DB Schenker.
The Afterschool Program in Reci, Covasna County
Each Holzindustrie Schweighofer investment in Romania means more than technology and production facilities. It is a commitment to partnership with the local community, meant to bring about durable, long-term effects.
Such an example is the Afterschool Program in Reci, Covasna County, conducted in partnership with Reci Village Hall and the Association for Youth, Sports and Culture from Reci. Each year, about 50 children from the community benefit from the warm meals, help and guidance for homework, as well as play and games under supervision of trained professionals.
The program started in 2013 as a premiere for the Reci community and is housed in “Curia Antos”, a historic building in the center of the village, in the immediate vicinity of the “Antos János” School where children attend classes. The building, with generous spaces both indoors and outdoors, was renovated with the support of the Reci Village Hall, and overhead, children’s meal costs and staff salaries are supported by Holzindustrie Schweighofer, which operates in the area the most modern sawmill in Romania.