We want to make an active contribution to society and we understand corporate citizenship as part of our corporate social responsibility. Our staff are a driving force of these efforts: during their working hours, they actively support social, cultural or environmental projects, pass on their expertise to charitable organisations and maintain long-term partnerships with various stakeholders. This way, we create an awareness for social challenges, experience team spirit and learn from each other within and outside of our organisation.
Taking social responsibility is in our DNA. This is why Corporate Volunteering has been an integral part of Scout24's corporate culture for years.
A Cares team of exceptionally committed staff in Berlin and Munich supports Sustainability Management in developing Scout24’s social responsibility further. Together, they organise corporate volunteering projects and donations.
A more flexible, more long-term engagement is what many charitable organisations wanted from us. That is why we have developed a new format for our social engagement: the Scout24 Social Summer. Any employee who wants to volunteer for a wide range of charitable causes can take part. Everyone has a time quota of one working day and can make flexible use of it over the course of the initiative which runs for several months – all at once or spread over various dates or projects.
In light of the extraordinary situation, the Social Summer 2020 took the form of remote volunteering. As such, employees had the chance to volunteer for a good cause digitally in spite of the social distancing rules brought about by COVID-19. They were given access to our new engagement platform which is being coordinated by our partner Vostel. As a corporate volunteering service provider, Vostel puts people who want to volunteer in contact with charitable organisations. Overall, we supported 24 projects by 22 charitable organisations in the reporting year.
In October 2020, the Berlin Social Academy (BSA) founded by Scout24 entered its eighth round. The idea behind it? Many members of charitable organisations need specific subject-matter knowledge to do their voluntary work, but do not have sufficient funds to pay for training. In view of the increasing demand of its social partners, the idea was born at Scout24 to create a social academy to make expert knowledge from within the company available to charitable organisations pro bono.
Two new developments made the eighth edition of the BSA special: The Academy was fully digital for the first time and recorded a total of 3,134 course registrations from charitable organisations. Additionally, the concept was available in Munich for the first time in close cooperation with a local charitable partner.
The Berlin Social Academy is the first Berlin-wide cooperation project of businesses dedicated to supporting local civil society. The initiative received the special prize of the Berlin Business Award and the German Volunteer Programme Award in 2018 and was nominated for the German Commitment Award in 2019. Sawsan Chebli, State Secretary for Civic Engagement and International Affairs of the State of Berlin, is the Berlin Social Academy’s sponsor.
Scout24 cultivates long-term partnerships with various players. For example, we have been working closely with the Berlin-based association Sozialhelden e. V. for a number of years. This charitable organisation calls on people, institutions and businesses to include people with disabilities as a target group for a wide range of products and services – and enable them to take part as equals in the process. Under our partnership, we provide the association with rooms, infrastructure and our technical expertise at our Berlin office. In exchange, Sozialhelden frequently helps us make our products and services even more accessible to people with impaired mobility and visibility.