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 and maintain long- term partnerships with various stakeholders. By tackling social challenges together, we experience and exemplify team spirit in practice, as well as a committed corporate culture that is conscious of its values. We learn from others within and outside of our company and pass on our knowledge.
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 supports Sustainability Management in developing Scout24’s social responsibility further. Together they organise corporate volunteering projects and donations.
Social Summer and Social Week 2021
Many social organisations wanted to have a more flexible and longer-term commitment from us. That is why we developed a new format for our social engagement in 2020: the Scout24 Social Summer. Any employee who wants to volunteer for a range of charitable causes can take part. Everyone has a time quota of one working day or a half day, depending on their work pattern, 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.
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 many social partners, the idea was born at Scout24 to create the Berlin Social Academy (BSA) to enable charitable organisations to access expert knowledge from within the company pro bono.
In October 2021, the Berlin Social Academy entered its ninth round. This was the second year in a row that the academy was entirely digital due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 42 workshops and seminars were held for people who work for non-profit organisations on a voluntary or salaried basis, with 53 speakers sharing their knowledge. The speakers came from a wide range of companies and organisations such as Amazon, BearingPoint, B.Z., Capgemini, Check24, HOWOGE, Scholz & Friends Reputation, Scout24, Signavio, Sozialheld*innen e.V. and Zalando. Employees from Scout24 provided courses on topics such as tips and tricks for gender-appropriate language or basic knowledge for conducting interviews.
In total, the Berlin Social Academy received around 1,500 course registrations from more than 300 charitable organisations.
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 also nominated for the German Commitment Award in 2019.
Scout24 cultivates long-term partnerships with various players. Besides our long-term commitment to the Berlin Social Academy, we have been working closely with the Berlin-based association Sozialheld*innen 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 technical expertise at our Berlin office. In exchange, Sozialheld*innen frequently helps us make our products and services even more accessible to people with reduced mobility and vision impairments. Examples of this include more detailed search criteria and the integration of a wheelchair accessibility map on our platform ImmoScout24.
Be it affordable living space, housing shortages in metropolises, the political landscape or climate protection, housing is one of the most important social issues of our time. We launched the initiative "WOHNEN WEITER DENKEN" (“Rethinking how we live”) in 2019 to make an active contribution to this discussion. The discussion platform on ImmoScout24 is for anyone who wants to learn more about housing and form their own opinion on it. Our discussions on the platform are fair and open, yet also thoroughly controversial, ranging from laws and proposed regulations to innovative solutions for the beleaguered property market.