The Berner Group and also the Berner family have a long history in social welfare, helping people
and doing social projects. This year is our 60th anniversary. This means 60 years of Berner. And we thought, the best thing we could do is actually do something social because it’s in our DNA. We should do something where we can use our competencies. So we decided to do 60 social projects all over Europe in all countries with the help and efforts of our employees. What you see here is actually one of our projects to help the homeless obtain their own little homes, which we are creating here. This is a financially challenged town. We are in Manique, near Cascais, and we have about 200 kids. This is a primary and preschool. We were covering all the cracks and the holes that were inside and outside the school. If Berner didn’t support the project, we would have had to wait and wait and wait… This donation is very important to us. It gives us the opportunity to set things in motion and provide kids with a better, more loving and more beautiful environment that will help them to develop and learn. We’re supporting 60 social projects and this is one of them in Cologne, cleaning cars for the food bank “Kölner Tafel”. So it’s all about giving back to the community that otherwise supports us. We are one Group and this is one occasion where we really come together. Being with the Berner colleagues outside the company was great. We worked differently than in the typical workday, because normally we have other roles,
doing other things. And being side by side with the colleagues was great. A good mood. It was very, very good. Odyssea is a non-profit association that has been offering charity races since 2002 in ten cities in France. The profits are donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation. First, I’d like to say, “Bravo!” to the company and the Berner family for having made it possible for all of us to undertake
such worthwhile projects together with the French and other subsidiaries of Berner. Next year, we plan to support the projects again which we have already supported this year. Culture is a very important thing for a company. It’s about our values. If we want to live our values, we have to do something to show it. Make great things happen with a little thing. That’s tremendous, I have to say. This was a great year and a great anniversary!