We want to make an active contribution to society and understand corporate citizenship as part of our corporate social responsibility. Our staff are a driving force of these efforts: during their working hours, they support social, cultural or environmental projects, pass on their expertise to social 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.
In October 2020, the Berlin Social Academy 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 they 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 provide charitable organisations with expert knowledge from within the company pro bono.
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. In 2020, Munich was added as a further place of activity, which resulted in the renaming as Social Academy.
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 teams of particularly committed staff have formed in Berlin and Munich to support the CSR Management team in developing Scout24’s social responsibility further. They organise corporate volunteering projects and initiate donations.
In recent years, we have fulfilled our social responsibility through our Social Day, which gave our employees the opportunity to get involved in groups on a fixed working day for a wide range of charitable purposes. In 2019, more than 600 employees took up this offer and committed themselves to 58 projects from 47 organisations.
Scout24 cultivates long-term partnerships with various players. For example, we have been cooperating closely with Berliner Sozialhelden e. V. for many years. At the Berlin office, we provide the association with rooms, infrastructure and our technical know-how, and Sozialhelden e.V. helps us to make our products and services even more accessible to people with impaired mobility or vision.