The MAN Group sees itself as part of society and aims to contribute to its sustainable development. A binding Group-wide policy has been put in place to provide clearly defined instructions for the distribution of donations and sponsorship funds. Our donation activities are often closely connected to our core business and focus on the areas of education, science, culture, and social affairs such as social welfare, charity, and humanitarian projects, as well as disaster relief. MAN is involved in the following three social projects:
- Social start-ups
- SOS Children's Village
- Education project Burkina Faso
MAN supports startups with social commitment
With the MAN Impact Accelerator program, which was launched in 2017, MAN Truck & Bus supports social startups in the transportation sector. The main focus lies on finding solutions for global challenges such as population growth and urbanization.
MAN is implementing the program together with the Yunus Social Business initiative founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus. MAN’s approach is to get its own young talents to support young entrepreneurs with their specialist knowledge within a framework of social business projects, including directly on site.
SOS Children’s Villages
The main focus of our support lies on the development of long-term and sustainable education projects for children and young adults in Germany and also at an international level, as part of the SOS Children’s Villages project ‘Education for a better future in Africa’, with the main focus on Ghana, Benin, and Ethiopia.
We have a particularly strong connection with Ethiopia in the form of a long-standing partnership with the SOS vocational training center Kality.
MAN supports education project in Africa
Funded by a donation from MAN Truck & Bus, it has been possible for a secondary school in Fada N´Gourma, Burkina Faso, to expand by another four classes. This means that an additional 240 girls are given the chance to complete their secondary education here and thus gain the opportunity to change their prospects for the future. Active project development and guidance is ensured by having partners directly on site. The aim of this project is to promote and support education as an essential building block for the fight against poverty and to provide a basis for social inclusion.
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world (number 185 out of 188 in the HDI index), with 64% of the population illiterate. Girls and women are particularly disadvantaged, they are often forced into marriage at the age of 12 or 13. These are the challenges that the new cooperation is facing.
Sabine Schwab from missio München stresses the importance of getting involved: “For these kinds of projects in the poorest regions of the world, we need the support of companies like MAN that operate at global level.”