Social Commitment

As a planner and constructor of recycling plants, we focus on sustainability and the efficient use of resources. Social commitment is in this regard just as important as our developments and process optimizations.

We also provide regular support to the “Ring anerkannter Blindenwerkstätten”, an organization of workshops for the blind and visually impaired, which frequently have difficulty selling their handmade products since they are usually sold well above the market price.

SICON also makes financial contributions to the German Red Cross and American Red Cross and supports people and families who are in need through no fault of their own due to natural disasters, for instance, the tsunamis in the Indian Ocean in 2004, the earthquakes in Pakistan and on Haiti in 2010 and Hurricane “Katrina” which ravaged the southern part of the US in 2005. Both Red Cross Organizations are usually the first to respond on site and thus need quick financial support to aid their efforts to assist people in need.

In the US, we also support the Tenenbaum Foundation, which actively provides financial assistance to organizations that focus on eliminating inequality and injustice in the US based on compelling principles.

In Belgium, we actively support “Rock Aid – Rock Music for a Good Cause”, an annual music festival that takes place close to the German border and the proceeds of which are used completely to help disadvantaged and disabled persons living in the German/Belgian border region.

Since 2008, we have been actively involved as a sponsor in regional youth sports organizations and support several upcoming junior teams (B, C and D) of the FC Hilchenbach soccer club with annual contributions including jerseys, equipment and training gear. We purposely selected 1998, since it is the year in which SICON was established and corresponds to the year in which the players of the B team were born, and have supported this team for six years now. Due to the fact that large sponsors are usually interested exclusively in top league teams of youth sports organizations, we decided to support the upcoming junior teams, since we know how hard it is to get a chance to prove one’s worth and take center stage when one is overshadowed – and in club sports it is sometimes harder than in the real world. Many top league teams have professional uniforms and training gear, while junior league teams have to make do with seconds or just come up with their own uniforms. At FC Hilchenbach that is not the case thanks to SICON.

And, last but not least, we started to do without expensive Christmas presents and instead make an annual donation to different organizations that focus on combatting rare but currently incurable diseases. Those affected frequently have difficulties finding support, since the pharmaceutical companies that carry out research mainly focus on more common diseases. The prospective profit margin for very rare diseases is significantly smaller, which in our eyes results here in inequality. That is why we have taken up their cause to help them and hope that we can give research for rare diseases a small push with our donations while also striving to raise awareness among the general public about lesser known diseases:

2013: Interessengemeinschaft Epidermolysis Bullosa e. V. (a rare connective tissue disease)
2014: Progeria Research Foundation („Hutchinson-Gilford progeria Syndrome“)
2015: Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society / Mondscheinkrankheit Selbshilfegruppe XP-Freu(n)de (D)
2016: Covenant House of Georgia / Autoinflammation Network e.V. (D)
2017: United Pompe Foundation/ Pompe Deutschland e. V. / (D)
2018: Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteogenesis Imperfecta e. V. (D)
2019: Stiff-Person Vereinigung Deutschland e.V. (D)
2020: Sklerodermie Selbsthilfe e.V. (D)
2021: Förderverein unser Zuhause e.V. (D)

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