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As a responsible neighbor, FMG has supported various institutions and initiatives in the region for 25 years. More than 750 projects that can be assigned to the five sponsorship pillars of the airport, education, social, sport, culture, and nature, have benefited from financial and material support. FMG launched a new campaign in 2017 entitled «Regional Sponsorship at the Initiative of Employees», where Group employees recommended associations or charitable organizations, in which they themselves are involved on a voluntary basis, for financial support. After a promising launch with around 50 projects implemented, FMG will continue this initiative in the coming year. In 2017 the airport set up the «NachWuchsWald» («NewBirthForest»): in future, a tree will be planted in the «Weltwald» forest in Freising to mark the birth of every new child of an employee at the Munich Airport Group. The project ran for the first time in 2017 for the birth years of 2015 and 2016, and will now be repeated every year.
Munich Airport supported many projects in the region that are designed to help high-school students with their choice of career, and to promote their talents.
In the «SchuleWirtschaft» working group, Flughafen München GmbH works alongside principals from local schools, other regional businesses, specialist tradespeople, and representatives from the local job center. The aim of this voluntary network is to make the transition from school to working life easier for young people.
As a mentor and one of the organizers of the regional research competition for young people «Jugend forscht – Schüler experimentieren», Munich Airport supports up-and-coming talent in the fields of mathematics, IT, science, and technology. 120 young inventors took part in the event which was held in February 2017, under the heading «I Am Shaping the Future».
As part of the nationwide «Girls’ Day/Boy’s Day» initiative, over 150 school children visited Munich Airport in April 2017 to find out about the range of training opportunities available there. The girls were able to explore their prospects in the fields of manual skills, technology, IT, and science, while the boys gained an insight into careers in the areas of childcare, education, health, and social services.
Flughafenverein München e.V. was once again awarded the most important seal of approval available to German charities. For two years now, the association has ranked alongside around 230 organizations who bear the «DZI Seal of Approval», evidence that an association handles all of its donations carefully and responsibly. It also received an award from the Ukrainian Consul General for its particular support for the people of Ukraine. As well as making a number of anonymous donations and helping sick children’s dreams come true, the airport association also supports local young people, senior citizens, and refugees, as well as regularly taking part in projects outside Germany. For instance, it transported around 15 tonnes of charitable donations to Latvia for the eighth time, and also provided hospitals and hospices in Ukraine and Romania with much-needed medical equipment and donations in kind.