The Freudenberg Group sees its social responsibility as an integral part of its corporate citizenship. The Group's "Responsibility" Guiding Principle states: "Our company and its family shareholders together are committed to protecting the environment and being responsible corporate citizens in all countries and communities in which we do business ..."
Freudenberg's commitment to social responsibility is practiced both inside and outside the company. There are numerous assistance and support programs for associates. Just over a decade ago, on the occasion of the company's 150th anniversary, the TANNER youth exchange program for the children and grandchildren of employees was launched.
Many Freudenberg Group companies, sites and associates engage in local projects and initiatives providing concrete aid in the spirit of responsible corporate citizenship. Projects offering concrete support that are particularly worthy of note include the construction of a training center in one of the regions in India most severely affected by the tsunami in 2004 and the rebuilding of an elementary school in Sichuan province in China devastated by the 2008 earthquake.
The Freudenberg Foundation is the largest Partner of the Freudenberg Group. In keeping with its statutes, earnings from the Foundation are used to promote science and education, and to strengthen peaceful coexistence in society. The work of the Foundation focuses on children and young people. All projects seek to integrate these groups in society.