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WACKER Assists Flood Victims in Eastern Bavaria

Munich / Burghausen, Jun 09, 2016

Wacker Chemie AG will provide financial support to people affected by the flooding in eastern Bavaria. To do so, the relief fund (WACKER HILFSFONDS) founded by the Munich-based chemical company is giving the county of Rottal-Inn a donation of €100,000 in emergency aid for flood victims. At the same time, the company will match every donation that employees make to the WACKER HILFSFONDS donation account to help their flood-affected colleagues.

“The extent of damage caused by the flooding is so severe that it is only natural for WACKER to help quickly and unbureaucratically here,” said Christian Hartel, Personnel Director. “As one of the largest employers in eastern Bavaria, we want to assist the people in this region the best we can.”

Dieter Gilles, Burghausen site manager, announced policies on leaves for flood-affected employees and staff volunteers. Thus, if necessary, employees who are directly affected or helping family members can get a leave from work of up to five days. There will be additional policies in cases of hardship for those directly affected. Volunteers can be granted a leave of up to three days. “Many of our employees have achieved a great deal in the past several days,” emphasized Gilles. “For example, WACKER employees have served as members of volunteer fire departments, the Red Cross, the Technisches Hilfswerk (federal relief agency) and emergency services. Our own plant fire department has also provided active support.” The leaves were intended to account for the employees’ extraordinary circumstances in the flood’s aftermath, the site manager explained.


WACKER established the WACKER HILFSFONDS (relief fund) as a charitable foundation in 2005. True to the principle of “helping people to help themselves,” WACKER’s relief fund supports projects that improve victims’ chances of leading a better life, such as in China, Haiti, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

If you would also like to help, please donate by bank transfer to the following account.

Donation Account Bayerische Landesbank München
IBAN DE59 7005 0000‎ 0003 3333 33

Please note your name and address (personnel number for employees) on the bank payment forms and the purpose of your donation as being “Hochwasser 2016” [flood in 2016]. The fund will issue donation receipts to employees resident in Germany, as the donations are tax-deductible there. WACKER’s relief fund thanks everyone for their support.


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