Social, economic, and environmental issues are closely intertwined. Social responsibility is a necessary component of success. Mindful of its obligations, Sika actively engages in sustainable and humanitarian development projects, either as a member of international organizations or directly on the spot. Sika’s social involvement also embraces the sponsorship of organizations and initiatives in the fields of science, culture, and sport. Sika aims to build trust and create value – with customers, local communities and society as a whole. The Group goal is:
Target: 5% more social projects per year
Social projects benefit all non-commercial stakeholder groups of local companies and their neighborhoods. They encompass monetary benefits or material donations, local projects and community engagement programs, dialog with stakeholder groups, communal consultation procedures, social activities and programs, training, environmental projects, or recovery programs.
Implementation: Sika sponsored 83 projects during the year under review (previous year: 67 projects). This equates to a year-on-year increase of 24%. Sika supported the following priority projects
Social sponsorship at Sika is mainly organized through the Romuald Burkard Foundation. Its main goals, among others, are to support communities in infrastructure development for social projects, to promote training in construction professions and trades, and to provide emergency aid to disaster-stricken regions. The Sika Board of Directors established the Romuald Burkard Foundation in 2005 in memory of Dr Romuald Burkard, the third-generation representative of the Winkler family, which founded Sika. Sika seeks to promote on-the-ground self-help. The local Sika companies are thus required to put forward specific aid applications and, working with local partners, supervise the projects on site up to completion. Via the Romuald Burkard Foundation, Sika supported the following major projects in the year under review:
Yayasan Tirta Lestari (YTL) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve healthcare, water supply, sanitation, and drainage facilities in Indonesia. YTL is incorporated into the US umbrella organization WatSan Action. Sika has been the main sponsor since 2008. Every year, YTL helps to improve the living standards of 1,500 people.
Since 1968, the ATMI (Akademi Tehnik Mesin Industri) vocational training center in Surakarta (Solo), Central Java, has been providing young people from the lower and middle classes with the opportunity to learn a technical trade. Having given its support in past years to build the training infrastructure, Sika helped fund the expansion of further building tracts in 2015, including boarders’ sleeping quarters.
In Greece, Sika supported the welfare organization The Smile of the Child, which helps children from socially and financially disadvantaged families as well as orphans. A building housing a day clinic for children with mental conditions was completed during the year under review. Sika also supported further social and scientific facilities in Greece such as a kindergarten in Crete and instructional programs at the University of Patras.
Sika supports the Samrakshana orphanage and home for the handicapped in the state of Telanga in south-central India. The Samrakshana charitable institution was founded in 2013 by Joseph Vattaparambil and Swiss citizen Brigitte Born to assist people in need, such as street children, people with disabilities, orphans, illiterate people, poor families, single parents, the aged, and the sick. During the year under review, Sika financed the water supply for the orphanage.
In 2015, Sika began sponsoring a charitable organization that has been aiding the poorest and weakest members of society in southern Naples since 2006. Sika’s support consists of three pillars: financial support, provision of Sika products and expertise, and volunteer work. In response to the serious problems facing the local people, Associazione Caterina Onlus plans to build a medical center with outpatient clinics. The center and its volunteer doctors will provide permanent medical services for many families in the region. It is scheduled to open in 2016.
Sika has supported the activities of the nonprofit organization Operation Smile in Vietnam since 2010, and in Thailand since 2014. Thanks to the assistance of committed volunteers, the organization has, since 1989, arranged operations for some 200,000 children and youths with cleft lips and palates or similar facial disfigurements. In Thailand, Sika employees did 332 hours of volunteer work at the Mae Sot Hospital between November 1 and 6, 2015.
Since 2007, Sika has supported the Pan de Vida orphanage in Mexico, where disadvantaged children and youths have the chance to live and study. In the year under review, the project included scholarships for five youths and the purchase of kit for the orphanage’s soccer team.
Sika has supported the Liter of Light organization since 2012, when it was founded by ten master’s candidates from the University of St. Gallen. The organization sets out to provide underprivileged areas of the world with alternative light sources made from repurposed plastic bottles. In 2015 Sika sponsored Liter of Light projects in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, the Philippines, South Africa, and Tanzania.
Sika supported the UPSV orphanage in Brasov, Romania, in the reporting year. The institution not only offers a home for children and adolescents, but also helped over 200 young people to find work and establish a foothold in society. In addition to giving financial support, Sika also helped to renovate one of the buildings. http://www.upsv.org/
In China, Sika supports the Library Project, a nationwide initiative to sponsor libraries in public schools. In the year under review, Sika donated 16,000 books to establish libraries at 21 schools, benefiting some 4,000 children. Sika is also involved in work to renovate several schools in mountainous regions of the Chongqing and Sichuan provinces in the south of the country.
Legacy Rainbow House in Mawdesley, south of Preston, UK, is a facility for children with brain injuries, multiple disabilities, or complex care needs. Among other contributions, Sika has donated its ComfortFloor® Pro floor solution to support the facility. The product’s chemical composition and texture offer the perfect surface for the intensive therapy activities that take place in the facility and make the floor very comfortable for the children.
At the start of the year under review, Sika provided support for NOIVA, a nonprofit organization that organizes emergency aid in crisis regions as well as long-term development aid measures in places with shortages of jobs, schools, children’s homes, etc. NOIVA is convinced that “helping people help themselves” means supporting local economies through initiatives, investments, and know-how.
In the year under review, Sika supported the construction of a new school for girls and young women in Madagascar. The school prepares the young women for a job in education. Sika specialists contributed their expertise to the construction work, and Sika is also providing financial support for the building project. The school is located in Tulear, a city of 150,000 inhabitants and capital of the Atsimo-Andrefana region, over 900 kilometers southwest of Antananarivo.
The focus of Sika’s ecological sponsorship is on water, building, infrastructure, and renewable energy projects. The main sponsorship partner in this field is the Global Nature Fund (GNF). Sika has supported the GNF and its international Living Lakes environmental program since 2004. Comprising over 100 partner organizations from various lake regions across the globe, the Living Lakes network sets out to promote sustainable development and the protection of drinking water, lakes, and wetlands. The initiative uses successful models and concrete projects to demonstrate how, with the involvement of the local population, positive social and economic developments can be achieved in different regions and societies without any threat to nature and the environment. In the reporting year, Sika sponsored drinking water and environmental projects in Ivory Coast, Colombia, Mexico, Mongolia, the Philippines, and South Africa. In Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines, Sika supported the construction of green filters (plant-based water treatment facilities) with the aim of improving local sanitary and hygiene conditions. This also significantly improved the living conditions of impoverished groups in rural areas.
As project sponsor, Sika engages in a lively dialog with ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), the University of Fribourg, EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne), the ESPCI ParisTech (School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry of the City of Paris), the University of Burgundy, Princeton University, the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and many similar institutions across the globe. Sika’s local subsidiaries cooperate with research institutes and provide mutual support.
ETH Zurich: Sika continued to support the chair in Soft Materials at the ETH Zurich in the year under review. Research interests focus on soft materials such as gels, molten polymers, and rubber and their boundary surfaces. Research into composites made of soft materials as well as colloid systems and bacteria are further main aspects. 2015 was the sixth year in which the Sika Master Award was presented to the author of an outstanding master’s thesis in the field of applied chemistry, based on the recommendation of ETH’s Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences. Sika also participates in the Sustainable Construction Partnership Council. This interdisciplinary forum promotes dialog on current research topics, supports resources and knowledge transfer, and encourages the launch of joint research projects in the field of sustainable construction.
University of Fribourg: The University of Fribourg and Sika signed a cooperation agreement in the year under review. A research group on management in emerging markets was established at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences in 2014. Reflecting the growing significance of newly industrializing countries for the strategies of western companies, the objective of the cooperation venture between the University of Fribourg and Sika is to enable research and teaching on management in emerging markets at the western Swiss faculty.
St. Gallen Symposium: The St. Gallen Symposium is a conference held each year in early May to encourage dialog between representatives of business, the government and society. In the year under review, Sika sponsored the work of the International Students’ Committee (ISC), which involves dialog between 600 leaders and 200 dedicated young entrepreneurs selected to participate on the basis of their entries in the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award competition.
Foundation Swiss Innovation Park: Along with other well-known Swiss companies, Sika supports the “Switzerland Innovation” initiative. This initiative aims to attract companies from Switzerland and abroad with the research and development facilities it offers at its five locations: Park Basel Area, Park innovaare (Canton of Argau), Park Zurich, Park Network West EPFL (Lausanne) and Park Biel/Bienne). https://www.switzerland-innovation.com/
SPORTS AND CULTURAL SPONSORSHIP
Sika supports sports and cultural projects throughout the world. The focus of sponsorship in Switzerland is on the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the EV Zug ice hockey club, and the Swiss Sliding sports association.
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra: Sika has been a partner of the Foundation for the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (LSO) for several years now. The foundation sets out to promote the artistic reputation of the LSO at regional, national, and international level. It supports outstanding creative projects undertaken by the LSO and fosters the innovative development of the orchestra. As Switzerland’s oldest symphony orchestra, the LSO enjoys international acclaim.
EV Zug ice hockey club: Featuring on the club kit, stadium banners, and even the ice rink, the Sika logo is now a part of EV Zug’s public identity. The sponsorship agreement with the top Swiss ice hockey team was extended in 2013 and will run until the end of the 2017/2018 season.
Swiss Sliding: Sika is a sponsor of Swiss Sliding, the association for the Winter Olympic disciplines of bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton. Swiss Sliding is committed to both top-level competitive and grass-roots sport, with the development of young talent as a key priority. As Jürg Möckli, Swiss Sliding CEO, points out: “Apart from the financial support, Swiss Sliding also benefits from Sika’s know-how and products.”
2015 Street Hockey World Championship: Sika was the main sponsor of the 2015 Street Hockey World championship held from June 19 to 28, 2015, in Zug, Switzerland. During the event, Sika had its own pavilion in the extensive championship village, offering entertainment including a Sika knowledge trail for visitors for the entire ten days. http://zug2015.com