Long-term social commitment and support of selected cultural projectsRelevance for the STRABAG Group
Our business activity – the business of building – directly shapes people’s living environment. The result is an interaction between construction and society: only in a successful society can we succeed.At STRABAG, we therefore feel obliged to contribute to the healthy development of society as a whole. This means that we make contributions to maintain the social standards in Central Europe, to improve them in other countries, and that we support cultural projects as well as team sports to enhance team spirit.
We do not extend our social commitment indiscriminately, but instead support selected initiatives over the longterm in order to make a lasting contribution. If and in which form we lend our support is decided by the STRABAG SE Management Board following a critical examination of questions such as:
Examples of our commitment
- Can STRABAG, given the nature of its business, make a positive contribution to the project that companies in other industries could not do in the same form?
- Is the project worth our long-term commitment?
- Does the project fit our strategy, our values and our public image?
We are especially committed to helping children and youth in Eastern and South-East Europe by giving them an opportunity for an education and the chance for a better future. This also helps to secure the future of our company in these markets.
CONCORDIA social projects
CONCORDIA is an internationally active, independent charity organisation for children, youth, the elderly, and families in need. From its start in 1991 as a social project for street children in Bucharest, CONCORDIA has grown into an organisation which today helps more than 1,000 children in Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova.
The organisation’s most important goal is keeping families together. Many parents are forced to leave the country in search for work. Sometimes children are unable to stay with their families due to existential poverty. CONCORDIA’s services therefore comprise family-like children’s homes, foster care, social centres for youth in precarious situations, assisted living facilities for young adults and outreach work. Another focus is on educational projects: from educational assistance or music instruction to separate training facilities for e.g. cooking/baking or the carpentry trade.
In the Republic of Moldova, CONCORDIA also attends to the needs of more than 5,000 people who have to live in extreme poverty. All over the country, CONCORDIA’s social centres and soup kitchens provide elderly people and children in need with the essentials they require every day.
STRABAG has been a partner of CONCORDIA for years, helping to build living facilities for (orphaned) children, setting up social centres and soup kitchens, and offering continuous support of the organisation’s activities.
In 2016, the organisation celebrated its 25th anniversary with the establishment of the CONCORDIA Social Projects Foundation Germany. And with STRABAG’s support, CONCORDIA launched several projects for children from socially vulnerable families in Austria as well as for
unaccompanied minor refugees.
More information: www.concordia.or.at
With STRABAG’s help, Concordia supports people in need. © dejan.petrovic 2013
STRABAG has a long history of promoting cultural projects. Our commitment to the arts is evident everywhere we are and can be experienced in the great variety of artworks on display at 70 company offices.
Tyrolean Festival Erl
Tyrolean Festival Erl was founded in 1997 and has been held in the illustrious Passion Play town of Erl in Austria under the overall direction of Gustav Kuhn every year since 1998. STRABAG has been a supporting partner from the beginning. An attractive winter season programme was added to the summer programme in 2012 when performances became possible in the STRABAG-built festival theatre.
Tyrolean Festival Erl has become a respected fixture in the cultural life of Tyrol and internationally. The focus in the summer is on Wagner and Strauss as well as on a classical and romantic concert repertoire. In the winter, the unique acoustics in the new festival theatre do justice to the works of Mozart, Bach, Italian composers and belcanto. 2016, Gustav Kuhn’s production of Rossini’s “Guglielmo Tell” was the first to be broadcast from Erl as part of the Austrian public television station’s cultural summer programme.
More information: www.tiroler-festspiele.at
The STRABAG-built festival theatre in Erl © Peter Kitzbichler
Ensemble:Porcia, one of Austria’s oldest summer theatre festivals, can look back on more than 55 years of tradition in comedy at its historic venue of Porcia Castle in Spittal an der Drau in Carinthia, Austria. Under the direction of Angelica Ladurner, the troupe returned to its original name, Ensemble:Porcia, which had been bestowed on the theatre by founding father Herbert Wochinz. Performances are held not only in the courtyard of Porcia Castle, but also at the Salamanca Gallery; the Theatre Wagon – “Komödie unterwegs” (“comedy on the road”) – tours through all of Carinthia between June and August. Every summer season from June to August, the professional ensemble performs six new productions of great comedies – a programme that comes up to the limits of a medium-sized city theatre.
More information: www.ensemble-porcia.at
STRABAG Kunstforum has long been in the service of international arts patronage – as organiser of the STRABAG Artaward International, with the exhibitions at the STRABAG Artlounge and through the establishment and maintenance of the permanent collections at more than 70 offices throughout Europe. The STRABAG Artaward has been presented since 1994 in Austria and since 2009 as an international award for artists aged 40 and under in the fields of painting and drawing. The 2016 award went to Jochen Höller, with special recognition for Aldo Giannotti, Vivian Greven, Stefan Peters and Nadim Vardag. Following the awards eremony and the group exhibition of the award-winning works, the five artists also exhibited their oeuvre in individual exhibitions in the TRABAG Artlounge in Vienna. Additionally, two exhibitions under the title “Artlounge special” were organised last year with artists whose works form part of the collection. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, Wolfgang Stifter showed an exhibition of his latest artistic accomplishments, while artist couple Elisabeth Gabriel and Daryoush Asgar presented a new series of works along with an accompanying book.
More information: www.strabag-kunstforum.at
Nine monumental sculptures by Bruno Gironcoli are on display in the “Gironcoli-Kristall” event room at STRABAG Haus in Vienna. © Franz Pfluegl
In the year 2016, we spent a total of about € 4.85 million on the projects mentioned above.
Published on website: 28.07.2015 – Last Update: 01.09.2017 15:50:18