edding gets involved in the local areas surrounding each of its sites – the involvement of employees is particularly important to us here.

There are fixed budgets and defined rules for all campaigns, including donations and corporate volunteering activities. We support local nurseries, schools and clubs through non-monetary donations. edding offers all staff the chance to give blood regularly and carries out type matching for the German Bone Marrow Donor Agency, Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei (DKMS).

Helping, where help is needed: children represent our future, which is why edding has supported the research department of the children’s clinic at Eppendorf University Hospital in Hamburg, Germany for more than ten years. edding is also involved in the wider debate about the role of companies in society and in particular corporate responsibility, reaching important opinion leaders in the process.

The future managers

edding CEO reading to children

Children being read to by managers at one of our designated days

Managers and children

In partnership with the “Chefs lesen Kindern vor” organisation, we regularly invite schoolchildren to visit us so that managers can read aloud to them from their favourite children’s book. This contact enables children to build up a realistic picture of managers and what their role entails. At the same time, it helps managers to become more empathetic – they can learn a lot from children.

Commitment without borders

Our commitment knows no bounds

As diverse and colourful as our product range are the people who come to edding twice a week to learn German. At edding, it’s not just our products that are sustainable – so too, is our company philosophy.

Since June 2016, edding has been organising German lessons for refugees. These run in parallel with the official integration courses and each course offers space for ten to twelve participants. Our German class meets twice a week for three hours at the company’s headquarters in Ahrensburg. Volunteer employees help the students with homework from their integration course, exam preparation and language training. Half of the teaching time is “donated” by edding and the other half is provided by the volunteers in their own time.

edding trainees Abdul and Brian

From students to colleagues

Our “teachers” are astonished by the thirst for knowledge, motivation and gratitude shown by the students. With some even gaining an insight into the wonders of German grammar…thanks to our international students! So it’s not surprising that students become colleagues: since August 2017, the first Syrian trainee has been boosting the edding team in Ahrensburg, closely followed by another Syrian trainee at our Bautzen production site.

Our goal is to continue offering German lessons, including at our other sites.

edding staff at work

"Wi mook dat!"

We did it!

We want to give our employees the opportunity to think, learn and act in a different way – out of the box. This is why we offer activities including those that take them to unusual places or impart knowledge via unconventional channels.

For several years now, employees at our headquarters in Ahrensburg have been able to benefit from a change in perspective for a few hours on Hamburg’s national volunteer day.

In collaboration with the “Wi mook dat” campaign, we have provided support to several of Hamburg’s “HerzAs” homeless shelters. On such days, our employees have prepared meals for guests at the homeless shelters, renovated and furnished a relaxation area and tidied up the garden. Working hours were not the only thing that was donated; we also provided the necessary materials from foodstuffs through to paint and furniture, as well as garden equipment and plants. This campaign runs annually, but different projects can be selected. Participating employees decide which ventures edding will support.