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Berlin / Heidelberg, 16 July 2013

Springer Science+Business Media-Hilfsfonds e.V. donates 25,000 euros for flood disaster victims in Germany

Urgently needed funds for rebuilding kindergartens, retirement homes, and institutions for the disabled in the affected regions

In view of the dramatic situation as a result of floods earlier this year in Germany, Springer Science+Business Media has earmarked 25,000 euros in June for people facing hardship through no fault of their own. The money comes from the publishing group’s charity fund Springer Hilfsfonds and was donated to Aktion Deutschland Hilft, Germany’s Relief Coalition, to assist victims of this year’s floods.
“Springer decided to donate this money because we want to assist in the laborious process of overcoming the hardships caused by the floods. We believe that by choosing Aktion Deutschland Hilft, we have found the right relief coalition to put the funds to use swiftly and without a lot of red tape,” Ralph Knüchel, Vice Chairman of the Springer Hilfsfonds, explained.
Aktion Deutschland Hilft was set up in 2001 as a coalition of German relief organizations to provide rapid and professional assistance to the victims of large disasters throughout the world – this time the flood disaster in Germany itself. Clean-up operations have now begun, and the extent of the damage is coming to light. Kindergartens, retirement homes, and institutions for the disabled have suffered extensive damage and need to be repaired as quickly as possible.
“In view of the huge reconstruction tasks, we are extremely grateful for the solidarity being shown in Germany, as reflected by the donation of Springer Science+Business Media, for example,” said Kai Pleuser, who is responsible for business/CSR partnerships at Aktion Deutschland Hilft.
Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V. is a registered humanitarian relief organization. The coalition was set up in 2001 by ten well-known relief organizations and now has 22 members, who pool their efforts to provide swift and effective assistance in the aftermath of large disasters. The member organizations combine their many years of experience in humanitarian relief work to help enhance the success of their operations.
Springer Science+Business Media – Hilfsfonds e.V. provides financial assistance to people in need, including, but not restricted to, employees of the publishing group and their dependents. The beneficiaries must be facing hardship through no fault of their own or due to exceptional circumstances; they are unable to escape the situation through their own financial means or through other third-party support and are not receiving (sufficient) social benefits.
Springer Science+Business Media (www.springer.com) is a leading global scientific, technical and medical publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R & D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services. Springer is also a trusted local-language publisher in Europe – especially in Germany and the Netherlands – primarily for physicians and professionals working in healthcare and road safety education. Springer published roughly 2,200 English-language journals and more than 8,000 new books in 2012, and the group is home to the world’s largest STM eBook collection, as well as the most comprehensive portfolio of open access journals. In 2012, Springer Science+Business Media generated sales of approximately EUR 976.3 million. The group employs more than 7,000 individuals across the globe.

More on the charity organisation (in German)