At the end of the 19th century Augsburg was well-known as the “Manchester of Germany” for its thriving and major international companies in the textile industry. Today especially corporations in the field of mechanical engineering and IT industry have settled down in Augsburg. One of these is Fujitsu with its factory in Haunstetten close to the First Bundesliga FC Augsburg football stadium. The production site is part of a large company with more than 160,000 employees in over 100 countries worldwide. In Augsburg 1,500 employees develop and produce mainly computers, servers, storage systems and mainboards. This makes Fujitsu the only IT Corporation that still manufactures in Europe.
Therefore the facility is an important component of the labor market in Augsburg. Particularly for young people Fujitsu is an attractive employer due to various cooperative study programs, several offers for apprenticeships and trainee programs. Within this company there is a group of employees who were driven by a common spirit and got together as the “Fujitsu Young Community”. The result is a platform for young Fujitsu employees to network, share knowledge across the different departments and create a joint future at Fujitsu.
Conferences with the local management, discussions with specialists as well as coming together in a relaxed atmosphere are the key activities of the Young Community. As a member of the Young Community I would like to share my personal experiences.
The central points of this network are:
- Exchange of knowledge between the Young Community members
- Events referring to several topics, e. g. Industry 4.0, people development, community involvement
- Workshops that support the company with fresh ideas
Currently, one of our major focal points is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. The recent refugee situation in Germany – and therefore also in Augsburg – affects the Young Community and drives our immediate actions. To support the refugees we not only developed ideas of what could be done by Fujitsu as a company but we also volunteer our services. There is an organization in Augsburg called „Übergepäck eines Flüchtlings“ which supports refugees with donations of clothes etc.. Currently there is an urgent need for help to classify the donations by gender and size. Every Monday evening we are supporting the organization on-site in Goeggingen. And because there’s a huge demand for boxes and bags we got in contact with one of Fujitsu’s packaging suppliers, managing to organize a donation of 800 cardboard boxes at short notice. In addition, one of our logistic partners offered free transport of the boxes to the clothing warehouse.
These are only a few ideas of how we support refugees coming to Germany. We are convinced that everyone can help. The fund-raiser of „Übergepäck eines Flüchtlings” is running until the end of October and we intend to support the organization during the remainder of their project. But as you can imagine there can never be enough helping hands. So please consider spending a few hours of your spare time for charity!
For more information contact me or someone else at the Young Community Augsburg.
As a result the Young Community with its fresh ideas, diligence and the intention to create changes can make a difference. Accordingly, this initiative won’t be our last project with impact on the everyday life in Augsburg. Let me quote Henry Ford, an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, by saying:
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
This post is part of the “Ich bin Augsburg” Blog Carnival.