Social involvement

Passion for a good cause

An essential part of syracom's corporate culture is also reflected in various social activities. This commitment sometimes goes beyond normal working hours. The reason: We want to pass on a piece of our success.

Social commitment has a special meaning for syracom and all employees. For years, we have jointly supported various social projects in the areas of social welfare, the environment and sport that meet the defined criteria. Necessity, sustainability and regional reference are at the forefront of our decision-making. 

social projects

Bärenherz: All-round good care for seriously ill children

Bärenherz is a household name in Wiesbaden. syracom came into contact with the children's hospice through the IFB Foundation. Since 2017, we have regularly supported Bärenherz in various activities and with donations for the benefit of the children and their families.

 

The Bärenherz knitted bear moves in with us for our anniversary

In August 2018 - syracom is just turning 20 - our board of directors buys the first knitted bear at an auction in which several bears in the most dazzling colours and the most diverse shapes were auctioned off. The little rainbow-coloured woollen teddy named Armin. The bears were designed by different artists. Each bear is given the name of a child cared for by the Bärenherz Foundation. 

The following year, the bear will have offspring. syracom buys 50 smaller knitted bears at once, which are then given away to customers, benefiting the little charges of the Bärenherz Foundation.

The knitted bears all have one origin: they are made with much love by Brigitte Ziegan. Between 2008 and 2018 alone, around 1,000 pieces were made and sold by Brigitte Ziegan in memory of a child of the Bärenherz family. The knitted bears are available from Ms Ziegan: jbzie@t-online.de  

syracom Chairman of the Board Joachim Raczek is himself a volunteer on the Foundation's Board of Trustees. He also helped design the colourful mosaic bear that lives in the Bärenherz children's hospice. The mosaic stands for cohesion and the importance of each individual.

IFB Foundation: Promoting social initiative with the Inclusion Award

Inclusion Award

The Inclusion Prize was awarded by the IFB Foundation for the first time in 2015. The aim is to promote initiatives that improve the everyday lives of people with special needs.  The winners are chosen by a jury of experts from business, politics and affected persons. Due to the positive response, the geographical scope was expanded in 2016 to include the entire region of South Hesse. The award is announced every two years.
We have supported the Inclusion Award since the beginning.

Since 2016, syracom has participated in the selection of the winner as an active member of the jury and shares this great responsibility with other jury members.

Press release of the IFB on the 2nd Inclusion Award

Message about the 3rd Inclusion Award

In 2019, the IFB Foundation celebrated its 60th anniversary. syracom also actively supported the Foundation at the art exhibition "Mixed Feelings".

Löwenmut Children's Hospice: "Sun" New Building Project

The children's hospice Löwenmut is another initiative of the Wiesbaden-based IFB Foundation, which aims to improve the living conditions of people with special needs at every stage of life. At the children's hospice in South Africa, nurses and social workers look after families with seriously ill and severely disabled children. The facility in Klipriver near Johannesburg provides a second home for 40 children. Directly next to the children's hospice, the construction of the "Sun", a bright, barrier-free and child-friendly house in the shape of a sun, began in 2017 to create new "rooms for dreamers" at Löwenmut Children's Hospice.

The new building project "Sun" was financed, among other things, from the proceeds of the children's book "Kiko's Laughter". Here, the ambassador and author, Nadia Doukali, tells the touching story of Kiko, a Down syndrome child. Other main characters are the jellyfish, the seahorse, the lion, the cactus and the spider. They are at the centre of an enchanting story of acceptance of difference, love and laughter. The book was illustrated with exceptionally beautiful drawings by Chloe Dolic. syracom contributed to the publication of the book and covered the printing costs. "Kiko's Laughter" can be purchased for a donation of at least 15 euros in aid of the Löwenmut children's hospice. The proceeds will go entirely to the new "Sonne" building in South Africa.

The first virtual Löwenmut Run: Incentive to exercise for the benefit of children

The first virtual Lion's Courage Run took place in March 2021. This was organised by the IFB Foundation. The entry fees for the charity run were donated 100% to the Löwenmut children's hospice. Our employees supported our long-standing partner by participating in the run. syracom paid the entry fees for all syracom runners.

 

Zwerg Nase: A heart for children

Since 2009, syracom has been a sponsoring partner of Zwerg Nase and supports the children's house with annual donations. The Dwarf Nose House looks after families with disabled and seriously ill children. With the donations, it was possible, for example, to organise excursions for the disabled children and to purchase necessary medical equipment and nursing beds. Furthermore, it was also possible to fulfil personal wishes of the children and to finance additional relief days for families.

We want the Dwarf Nose children to have fun. Since 2019, we have been fulfilling their Christmas wishes. Every employee gets involved in finding a child's dream gift, wraps it with love and brings the present under the syracom Christmas tree.

ZWERG NASE House II

In 2018, the new construction of the Dwarf Nose House II will start. The architect has created the project and the banks have pledged their support.

Every year, syracom sponsors JBFOne, the IT congress of Fiducia & GAD IT AG. The sponsorship is used to promote a social project by syracom. In the past years, the decision was mostly made in favour of Zwerg Nase, as a long-standing syracom partner. Under the motto "Kicken für einen guten Zweck" (kicking for a good cause), participants in the 2017 Soccer Cup once again scored numerous goals for the Zwerg Nase children. Here, active kicking could be combined with social responsibility. The more goals, the better. For every goal scored, syracom donates 5 euros to the new building of Zwerg Nase Haus II. The central task for Zwerg Nase is not only to lovingly and qualitatively care for the children and support their families, but also to ensure a good future for the Zwerg Nase children who have grown up.

A total of 1,785 euros were raised and 1,415 euros were donated by the JBFOne participants. Our Chairman of the Board Joachim Raczek did not miss the opportunity to double the amount this time: instead of 3,200 euros, a total of 6,400 euros was handed over to Sabine Schenk, the Managing Director of the Zwerg Nase Foundation. The amount will directly benefit the children. After reaching the age of 18, the Zwerg Nase children would theoretically have to move into a nursing home. Zwerg Nase-Haus II closes this gap in care and makes it possible for the seriously ill, impaired and permanently ventilated children to keep their home with Zwerg Nase after reaching the age of 18 and to continue to be lovingly and qualitatively cared for as young adults.

March 2021 Sabine Schenk reports: The Zwerg Nase children move into their new home. After almost 2 years of construction, the new building is ready. Instead of 29 children and young adults, 84 residents can now be cared for on 7 wards (6000 square metres). For weeks, the staff prepared everything to make the move as stress-free as possible. The residents have arrived smoothly and happily in their new home.

We are very happy for the Zwerg Nase children! We are proud to be able to contribute financially to this important project.

 

WorldSkills Germany e.V.: Motivating young people to excel in their career

Since 2018, syracom has been supporting the association "WorldSkills Germany e.V.", which is part of an international network of organisations. Its goal is both to support young people in their career orientation and to promote their further education, as well as to improve public opinion about vocational training in general. Together with its members and partners, WorldSkills Germany e. V. is always on the lookout for new ways to awaken a passion for a profession in young people and to promote their aspirations for further education.

One of the central tasks of WorldSkills Germany e. V. involves the organisation and development of vocational competitions at all levels: regional, national and international. The organisation shows participants the possibilities of vocational diversity and motivates them to achieve their best. Young professionals learn from the best in the world - with fun in the profession.

Aktionkinderschutz: Prevention in primary schools

Prevention in primary schools: Aktionkinderschutz

Worldwide, child abuse is one of the worst and most common crimes. Under the motto "For the sake of children", syracom has been promoting the association Aktionkinderschutz e.V. with the support, prevention lessons are made possible at primary schools. Equipping primary schools with teaching materials against sexual abuse of children helps them to become more self-confident, to say "no", or to distinguish between "good and bad feelings", which protects them from abuse in their social environment or from strangers.

Helping in need: Bethania Kinderdörfer, Erdbebenopfer, Malteser Hilfsdienst

In recent years, employees and management have repeatedly supported various social projects together. Private donations from employees were usually matched by the management. For example, the earthquake victims in Haiti and the children from the Bethania Children's and Youth Villages in Eltville-Erbach were supported. As part of the 2015 summer party, a raffle was organised in favour of the social Catholic relief organisation Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V.. Here too, the management once again doubled the proceeds from the raffle ticket sales.

 

syracom employees give Bethanien children and young people presents for Christmas

In 2015, syracom did without Christmas presents. Instead, the counselling house decided to once again help children in need. The budget for the gifts went to the Friends of the Bethanien Children's and Youth Villages. Every year, the support association provides almost €100,000 for school sponsorship. Furthermore, it supports the purchase of equipment and materials as well as the events of the children's and youth village.

Since 2017, syracom employees have been fulfilling personal Christmas wishes of the children from the Bethanien Children's Village in Eltville. Each child writes their wish on a self-made star. The stars are given to us as Christmas tree decorations. Each syracom employee can choose a little star, fulfil a child's wish and thus bring a smile to that child's face.

It is important to us that each of the approximately 80 children gets the confidence that his or her personality is appreciated by others and that it is important to a person to fulfil just his or her wish. No wish star remains forgotten on the syracom Christmas tree. 

Black Light Theatre for children and young people of the Eltville-Erbach Children's Village

Thanks to the syracom donation, in cooperation with JUSTUS Wiesbaden e. V., an association of theatre artists from the Junges Staatstheater Wiesbaden, 22 participants were able to work on a black light theatre play under the guidance of the theatre people. Other children and young people from the Eltville-Erbach Children's Village were able to get involved: For example, in building the stage sets in the open workshop, in designing costumes or in looking after the technology. Entertaining and exciting, with black light and full of colour, the children and young people transformed the auditorium into a fairytale world at the final presentation, enthralled the audience and had a lot of fun.

The theatre camp gave the children and young people a holistic theatre experience. It released an incredible creativity: they were able to immerse themselves in the world of theatre for once, try things out and contribute ideas and their own skills to create something new together with the others. Everyone involved had a lot of fun, acquired new skills and their self-confidence was also strengthened. A wonderful project that was a lot of fun for everyone.

sports projects

VC Wiesbaden II: Sporting success out of passion

Since the 2018/19 season, the club's second women's team has been playing in the 2nd Bundesliga. We think it's great to support the girls' team of VC Wiesbaden II as the main sponsor, because we are thrilled by the sporting commitment of the girls: Besides training or work, they train four to five times a week and are on the pitch almost every weekend to show their class and give their fans a lot of joy. To do this, they need a great deal of passion, because they do not receive any remuneration for their sporting commitment. In order for the team to travel to tournaments without any worries and to have good training conditions, we are happy to support the volleyball players on the way to their sporting goals.

At the end of the 2020/2021 season, the VC Wiesbaden II women's team is ranked second in the 2nd Bundesliga.

We are looking forward to the match on 12.09.2021 to kick off the new season and wish the volleyball players loyal fans and good luck on the court!

Rhine River Rhinos: Being there for each other, breaking down barriers

Thanks to the partnership with the IFB Foundation, we got to know the Rhinos: Perseverance, self-discipline, ambition, stamina, fairness and team spirit - these are the qualities that make up the Rhinos wheelchair basketball team.

 

In May 2019, syracom employees experienced how incredibly strong and professional the Rhine River Rhinos are during tryouts. What the team shows on the pitch challenges the law of gravity. They move so skilfully with the wheelchairs that they can compete with any "leg athlete". Impressed by the professionalism of the Rhinos, we watched the last match of the 2018/2019 Bundesliga after training and were totally blown away. Since then, syracom has been much more than a sponsor for the Rhinos team - we have become loyal fans of the boys.

Handball team TV 1844 Idstein: Together for success

Sustainable youth work is an important aspect for us. That is why we decided in 2012 to sponsor the jerseys of the youth handball team of TV 1844 Idstein.

Since 2018, syracom has supported the first men's handball team of TV 1844 Idstein. After the men's team was promoted back to the Landesliga Hessen, it has ambitions to move up to the third division. In order to safely reach such an ambitious goal, good physiotherapeutic care cannot be underestimated. syracom gladly took over the sponsorship for this.

Turnverein Waldstraße: Training together

The motto of our cooperation with the Wiesbadener Turnverein Waldstraße (TVW) is "Get fit and stay fit". Team spirit is very important here. The syracom team receives a monthly running training session from a club member (partly a squad athlete) or the club trainer in person. In return, syracom supports the club so that children and young people with lower incomes also have the opportunity to take part in club training and tournaments. Some of the young athletes from "our" club can be found in the top positions at state and German championships. We are happy that we can support these talents. Part of the donations was used to buy a new club bus. This means that the young athletes from our club can now travel comfortably to state and German championships.

Special Olympics e.V.: Sport without borders

Since 2015, syracom has supported the non-profit association Special Olympics Hessen e.V. The association offers children and young adults with mental disabilities a broad and contemporary range of sports. In Hesse alone, this programme includes 28 different Olympic disciplines. The idea behind it - to improve the quality of life of mentally disabled people through sport and to give them social recognition and integration.

The support enables the young athletes to optimally practice their sport and participate in sporting events. Regular training and participation in competitions helps these people to develop their physical fitness and motor skills.

We wish that no person in our society is excluded due to physical or mental problems. Sport is a good way to build bridges and connect people. It is important to us that the quality of life of mentally disabled people improves through sport and that they gain social recognition and integration.

SV-Dreieichenhain: Lucky syracom warm-up shirts

Sustainable youth work is an important aspect for us and a criterion for our commitment. The approach of the board of syracom employees about supporting a school project or a youth team, be it handball, volleyball or football, never goes unnoticed. That is why we were happy to sponsor jerseys for the girls' team WU14 from the SV-Dreieichenhain club after a request from one of our employees.

The young sportswomen from the district of Offenbach tried on their new warm-up shirts in the match against the team from Rüsselsheim on 03 November.

The hosts had a hard time with the Rüsselsheim defence. After a score of 13:13 after the first quarter, the scoreboard showed 25:28 after the break. Motivated by their coach, the girls exerted good pressure against the strong players in the second half, defended the passing lanes better, played with a little more patience in the attack, used the gaps in the defence and went to the basket. The third quarter ended in a draw with 18:18. Thanks to a fast-break game in the last period, the hosts showed a 28:10 score, which led to a safe 73:56 victory.

Thus, the new warm-up shirts were properly inaugurated right away!
We congratulate young team from Dreieichen on this excellent victory and wish them a successful season!

TV Petterweil: Jerseys for young athletes

With the new jerseys sponsored by syracom, the E-youth team of TV Petterweil, coached by Victoria Robus and Alexander Koch, achieved their first victory of the season on 05.11.2011.

In the previous games of the season, the young Petterweil players had to concede the points to opponents who were physically and above all playfully superior. With TV Hofheim, the TVP met a team on a par with them in their own hall. Even though the young team from the Wetterau region has not allowed itself to be spoilt for handball so far, its own expectations were high. This was also a good opportunity to wear the smart yellow jerseys for the first time.

environmental projects

Sponsorship orchard

Orchard meadow - a sponsorship that bears fruit

Since Christmas 2010, syracom has been the proud sponsor of a meadow orchard in Wiesbaden-Freudenberg. Under the motto "giving away a piece of nature", our customers and employees received a meadow orchard sponsorship certificate as a gift.

After our orchard team had mown the meadow, the patron, Mayor Arno Goßmann, gave the official starting signal for the new planting of the orchard meadow on 18 November 2011. The planting concept for this was specially prepared by a pomologist, as the preservation of old regional fruit varieties should be in the foreground. In a joint action, syracom consultants then planted 20 fruit trees on the plot of land "Am Freudenberger Hang" provided by the city of Wiesbaden. Now the meadow is regularly tended and cared for. Tree pruning events are held annually in cooperation with the Wiesbaden Fruit Cluster. Here, interested employees learn how to prune fruit trees professionally in order to optimise the yield.

Nowadays, meadow orchards are of particular importance. They not only support the ecological wealth of our region, but also provide habitats for endangered animals and plant species. In addition, they support a variety of delicious fruit specialities. Our orchard is a piece of nature and a sponsorship that bears fruit. This adoption was also the first step towards our sustainable CO2 compensation.

syracom vineyard

Since 2005, syracom has had its own vineyard. The production of wine is certainly not one of the core competences of a consulting company, but this commitment reflects the rootedness with the location Rhein -Main/Rheingau. 

The vineyard is located in the municipality of Oestrich and is a single vineyard in the German wine-growing region of Rheingau. The regional classic is grown there - the Rheingau Riesling. Because Riesling is more than a wine - Riesling is a passion. The south-facing vineyard covers 152 hectares of vines on medium to deep clay and loess soils. For the care of the vineyard and the production of the wine, we trust in the more than 360 years of experience of the Bickelmaier winery. Another positive aspect is the compensation of CO2, which is becoming increasingly important.

Bee sponsorship

syracom likes to get involved in ecological and nature-related measures in the region. It was clear to us that taking on a sponsorship for a piece of nature and bearing long-term responsibility for it would benefit the environment much more than a one-off action. We created the basis by planting our own orchard. Now, the meadow orchard in Wiesbaden-Freudenberg not only provides a protected home for endangered animal species, but also an ideal habitat for bee colonies. 

In 2014, syracom decided to create a vital home for the bees and took over the sponsorship of 6 bee colonies. The bees have settled in well in recent years and round off the sustainable and natural concept of the orchard. They contribute to the well-being of the fruit trees of our meadow orchard and thereby also to the sustainable O2 compensation of syracom. The bees reward us with harvested honey. Both employees and customers can enjoy this honey.

The project is supported by the Wiesbaden Beekeepers' Association: the bees are looked after by a beekeeper from the association. Interested employees actively participate in essential beekeeping activities. From our side, the Beekeepers' Association Wiesbaden e.V. receives financial support, among other things, for its project "Bees in the Classroom" in primary schools to teach children about nature or nature conservation. The children can observe bee dancing, brood rearing and honeycomb building on a daily basis. After half a year, the pupils are already inland experts. They know how bees live, how they perceive their environment, how they communicate with each other, what "jobs" they have in their lives and how they produce honey.

"The Rhine River Rhinos actively assume social responsibility and are involved in a wide range of social issues. For example, we regularly offer school projects on the topic of inclusion, cooperate with accident clinics to support people who have suffered accidents and campaign for more accessibility. However, all this would not be possible for us without the partnership with companies like syracom. Social responsibility is also part of the corporate philosophy here. With this pillar at our side, we can continue to contribute to making the world a better place."

Mirko Korder

Management & Sponsoring, Rhine River Rhinos

"Excellence out of passion. Competences without social values are worthless for us." I got to know all of this and more every time I came into contact with syracom. My field - seriously ill children. The difference could not be greater and yet we are so close. In our guiding principles, which we live in everyday life. Without passion and social values, our work and care for our special children would not be possible. Meeting equal partners is a gift, as is syracom's incredible support for the Dwarf Nose House. This year syracom celebrates its 20th anniversary. From the bottom of our hearts, the best. Continued successful ideas, the usual competence and quality - WE - have long been convinced!

Sabine Schenk

Managing Director, Zwerg Nase Foundation

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