In 1990, the Deutsche Kreditbank AG (DKB) was founded in Berlin. Since the beginning, responsible and sustainable action – towards employees, the environment, society, and in all economic decisions – has been a central component of the company. In 2004, the bank launched the DKB STIFTUNG for social engagement. In it, activities and projects for long-term support of public welfare are grouped together, further developed and implemented in cooperation with clubs and associations. The focal points of the foundation’s work are the funding of monument conservation, art and culture, and the support of educational projects.
Our vision - CHANGING OUR ACTIVITIES
Sustainable social commitment is our goal. We are working together, so that everyone has equal opportunities and with the belief that they can change their lives and their society. So that everyone has enough overview to be able to act with foresight, and so that each person has resilience – the confidence in themselves and the ability to handle crises. In order to encourage changes in society, a clear working profile is needed. In our 2017 mission statement we worked together with our employees and the organizations we work with to identify our core competences and grouped these into four fields of prospective activity. At the end of our mission statement it states, “Changing our activities”. Often, of course, change is only possible at a gradual pace and in small steps. What matters is not the size of the steps, however, but the direction in which they are made.
If our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are to live in a society that is vibrant and worth living in, open to all opportunities, and where their future can be shaped through awareness of their own history, then we must address the situation now. We have to change our actions.
We have to ask ourselves: What does it mean when we eat pre-packaged foods? What does it mean when children are left to their own devices in education or in their own personal development? What does it mean when a disability restricts job prospects and everyday life? What does it mean to live a life without creativity, without art and culture? And what does it mean if we allow the testimonies of our history to decay and be forgotten?
The consequences of our actions determine our future. We can transform our actions and positively change our society. We can be respectful and mindful towards our fellow human beings, towards ourselves, towards the history of our ancestors, and towards nature that surrounds everything.
We are working together, so that everyone has equal opportunities and with the belief that they can change their lives and their society. So that everyone has enough overview to be able to act with foresight, and so that each person has resilience – the confidence in themselves and the ability to handle crises. When all possibilities are open to everyone, situations can be adequately assessed and better decisions made – in food choices, career choices, raising children, in the examination of established behaviours, or in creating a happy life.
Our projects and programs are making an impact. Our employees, guests and project participants are sharing their insights with their own communities. In the long term, these experiences can lead to positive changes in society.
In the foundation’s work, we call this impact orientation. In keeping with this, we have defined four fields of action in which we want to create impulses for change. On the following pages we present how we are bringing these actions to life. You will get to know some of our projects, and our project participants will tell you about the insights they have gained and what this has meant for their lives.