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 2019, the Berlin Social Academy founded by Scout24 entered its seventh 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.
Since it was launched in 2013, the Berlin Social Academy has counted over 1,900 participants – with participant numbers growing each year as well as the number of helpers.
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.
The Scout24 Social Days are our central corporate volunteering project to give our staff the opportunity to dedicate one working day to a wide range of charitable purposes. The positive turnout in 2019 shows the level of importance of social responsibility at our company. Social Days were held at a total of five offices. More than 600 employees applied themselves to 58 projects run by 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.