“Protective Umbrella for Children” campaign
If you look at sustainability holistically, it affects every business decision, including the procurement of promotional items.
Therefore, profine GmbH chose the provider FARE for the current purchase of new advertising umbrellas for its Kömmerling brand. Together with the German Child Protection Association (Kinderschutzbund), FARE launched the “Protective Umbrella for Children” campaign. With over 400 local associations throughout Germany, the “Kinderschutzbund” is sustainably committed to children and families.
Via the foundation Kömmerling Better World Stiftung, the donation associated with the 400 new umbrellas went directly to the national “Kinderschutzbund” association.
Each umbrella has an additional hangtag that briefly describes the campaign and thus provides additional support.
The use of environmentally friendly materials and production techniques has been a matter of course for the supplier FARE for many years.
After all, the biggest winners of the campaign are the children: the donations from participating customers enable the association to continue to campaign for their protection and rights nationwide.
Education is a valuable asset. Therefore, the promotion of science and research as well as vocational training, including student assistance, are also among the statutory purposes of the foundation Kömmerling Better World Stiftung.
profine GmbH has been associated with the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe for decades. Several profine managers began their careers with a dual study program at this university.
This close cooperation and partnership shall not only be maintained, but also strengthened with funding from the foundation Kömmerling Better World Stiftung.
Therefore, the Kömmerling Better World Stiftung joined the support association of the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe in 2023.
The support association is involved in the following areas, among others:
• Funding for bachelor theses
• Providing funds to support highly gifted students
• Awards and prizes for achievements that are particularly worthy of support
• Student exchanges and excursions
• Initiatives to internationalize study programs
We look forward to continued good cooperation for the benefit of the education and training of young people.
Earthquake relief for Morocco
The earthquake disaster in Morocco is a terrible tragedy, our thoughts are with all those affected.
The foundation Kömmerling Better World Stiftung has therefore transferred 5,000 euros directly to the organization Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V. (“Campaign Germany Helps”) as emergency aid.
The donation can work most quickly if we give it to aid organizations that are already active on site.
Through its international network, “Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.” is in close contact with partner organizations in Morocco and therefore knows of the most urgent areas of application for relief measures.
We are pleased to be able to provide quick and targeted support.
A playground for climate protection
The new playground in the Ober-Olmer forest near Mainz was created with the active support of 1. FSV Mainz 05 and the "05ER Climate Defender Partners” as part of their commitment as a sponsor of the Bundesliga club in at least two regional projects for climate protection every year. In this case, 70,000 euros went into the forest playground as support.
With the foundation “Kömmerling Better World Stiftung” we are one of the founding members of the "05ER Climate Defender Partners".
The new playground magically attracts children. An excellent place in nature where the youngest can let off steam on sustainable wooden elements. But the themed playground in the Ober-Olmer forest is much more. With its playground equipment, it complements the forest education concept of the Forest Nature Conservation Center, which trains the senses and makes the forest and its habitat for plants and animals tangible for children.
With the "05ER Climate Defender Partners”, 1. FSV Mainz 05 created a network that focuses on sustainable action and management and uses synergies. As part of this project, specific funding amounts are made available for climate protection projects and awarded to at least two projects each year.
We are happy to be part of it!
Earthquake Disaster Relief
We are appalled by the impact of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Our thoughts are with all those affected.
Therefore, with the foundation Kömmerling Better World Stiftung, we transferred 10,000 euros directly to the organization Ärzte der Welt e.V. (Doctors of the world) as emergency aid.
Ärzte der Welt e.V. immediately sent emergency teams to the crisis area. 250 employees of the organization provide urgently needed help on site.
The donations are used to finance operations in the disaster area and also to procure emergency equipment such as blankets, water, emergency food and medicine. After the first aid, Ärzte der Welt e. V. also support the operation and reconstruction of the medical infrastructure.
We are happy to be able to provide quick and targeted support.
India - Contributing towards education and social welfare
profine India truly believes in a world with human values. To carry this belief, the company remains active by providing support to the social welfare initiatives in association with non-profit organisations.
Recently, the company made financial assistance towards a noble cause of establishing a public library at the space provided by Police Department at their Badarpur Police Station, New Delhi. The work was done with the help of Shikhar Organization, an NGO, working towards the welfare of less privileged sections of the society by providing education, vocational training and skill-based development particularly to the girls who are deprived of above facilities.
The Library was formally inaugurated by DCP South Delhi along with Mr. Farid Khan, Director & CEO profine India.
In the past, profine India had supported “Agnel Jan Kalyan Kendra” an initiative of the AGNEL CHARITIES by allocating funds for learning and skill enhancement needs of underprivileged children and older girls/women from urban villages/ slums situated at Khora village, Ghaziabad district, Uttar Pradesh. The project provided quality non-formal education to a group of 300 children (aged 6-14 years) who were either dropouts or had never been to school and those who required support learning/ remedial education to enhance learning levels. The skill enhancement/vocational program included training to 300 older girls/women (aged 18-35 years). The project aimed to reduce barriers that limits the access to education and skill learning opportunities of vulnerable groups by acting as a catalyst for transformation through initiating sustainable child and community centric interventions focussed on education and skill (enhancement).
The Company also donated funds to Bhagwan Sri Bala Sai Educational & Charitable Society, Ranchi, Chattisgarh for their projects initiated by Kalinga University” for promotion of education.
Support for Tim Wahl
Fighting his way back to life
Tim Wahl was not known to many people in the Pirmasens area, but since his friend Marcel Semler's appeal for donations on Instagram was shared countless times and spread like wildfire on social media, the 29-year-old's story of suffering touches people in the region.
The background: Tim Wahl had a brain aneurysm that ruptured during his sports practice last year. Since then he has gone through various hospital and rehabilitation stays as well as operations. In addition, he also suffered strokes and cerebral hemorrhages, which further complicates the healing process.
In the meantime, Tim has been able to go home again, but unfortunately this brings further difficulties with it - because Tim urgently needs special therapies, is currently dependent on full-time care and the house and his car would also have to be converted to make his everyday life a little easier. He is currently living with his parents temporarily.
Many people in the Pirmasens region want to help Tim. Donations are collected for him at numerous events and the donation account set up for this purpose shows steady growth.
When our colleague Sebastian Huber, a good friend of Tim Wahl, found out about this, it was immediately clear to him: he wanted to help Tim, because "every donation counts, every donation helps Tim in his brave, long and costly fight," emphasizes Huber.
He also asked our company for support - and the Head Manager of Marketing Marc Habermeyer didn't hesitate for a minute to make a contribution with the foundation Kömmerling Better World Stiftung and donate 1,000 Euros for Tim Wahl.
In addition, as the main and shirt sponsor of 1. FSV Mainz 05 football club, we provide tickets for a football Bundesliga game of our partner for an auction.
Anyone who would like to help Tim Wahl can do so directly via the donation account at VR Bank Südwestpfalz eG or via PayPal.
Tim and his family are happy about every donation!
Recipient: Tim Wahl
Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine
In view of the dramatic situation of the Ukrainian people, we decided to launch a humanitarian campaign with the foundation Kömmerling Better World Stiftung. In addition, the company profine will carry out the transport of donations.
We want to help the people of Ukraine.
In view of the fact that profine is represented with a plant in the country, this is heartfelt to be a very special obligation. profine therefore also has the logistical prerequisites to gain direct access to the country and the affected population.
profine will participate in this humanitarian fundraising campaign with
- 150,000 Euros for the timely and targeted purchase of goods that contacts have named as most urgent - such as
- hygiene products,
- clothing and other items that are needed every day in the war zone.
We would be happy to encourage you to make a donation as well. We would also like to report on the fundraising campaign on this website.
Kömmerling Better World Stiftung gGmbH
IBAN: DE91 5425 0010 0000 0969 58
(It is also possible for you to receive a donation receipt for your support. Please enter "Ukraine" as the subject of the transfer. If you would like a donation receipt, please include your postal address with the transfer.)
With this humanitarian campaign, we want to quickly cover the most urgent needs and would be very happy about your support.
Mission “Climate Defender”
Environmental awareness: Mainz 05 football club is and remains a role model
Protecting the climate, preserving natural resources and acting in an environmentally conscious manner has been part of our partner 1. FSV Mainz 05 football club's mission for years.
"Professional football and environmental protection are not only compatible with each other, as Mainz 05 proves, for us environmental awareness and sustainability form values in our day-to-day activities that give our decisions important guidelines," says club chairman Stefan Hofmann.
The club has therefore launched various so called value partnerships in order to anchor its mission statement in its sponsorship activities. We are very pleased to be one of the founding members of the “05ER Climate Defender Partners” with the foundation Kömmerling Better World Stiftung and thus to bring environmental protection even a bit more to life as an aspect of our social responsibility.
At our Troisdorf location, we are again supporting a social institution with the foundation Kömmerling Better World Stiftung this year. The donation of 1,000 euros went to the “Restart” welfare association in Troisdorf again.
The association has set itself the task of helping young people to make a new start through socio-educational work and to support young people and families with direct assistance in building new life structures.
Restart uses the current donation for its open programs, which can now gradually start again, for example the regular mother-child meeting.
More information about Restart Troisdorf can be found here:
With the foundation Kömmerling Better World Stiftung, we support the German “Aktion Deutschland hilft“ campaign and the Rhineland Palatinate donation campaign for the flood emergency aid with EUR 20,000.
We are happy to help in the face of the flood disaster in our region, because we want to be a responsible and solidarity partner.
You can find options for your donations here:
We were pleased to support the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) with a donation from our foundation for the worldwide projects to combat the causes of plastic waste in the oceans.
For several years we have been working consistently on avoiding pellet loss in our factories and we were the first company in the German profile industry to be awarded the certificate of the pro-K initiative "Zero pellet loss".
Heinrich Kimmle Foundation
With the foundation Kömmerling Better World Stiftung we are again supporting social institutions at our German sites this year. So, we were very happy and proud to present a donation to the Heinrich Kimmle Foundation in Pirmasens in July. They use the funds for their new educational project "Bees Plus". A forest classroom will be built for inclusive educational projects for children, adolescents and adults with and without disabilities.
3,000 euros for four non-profit organisations
Before the pandemic, when Bundesliga club 1. FSV Mainz 05 was still holding matches in packed stadiums with main sponsor Kömmerling's staff and guests cheering on the team from the sponsor's box, the one thing that everyone wanted to know after the game was which “expert” had won the sweepstake by correctly guessing the score.
And the best thing about the sweepstake was that all bets were placed for a good cause because the winner got to choose the non-profit organisation receiving the EUR 100 donation from the Kömmerling Better World Stiftung foundation. The three charities designated to benefit from the sweepstake were Mainz 05 hilft e. V., the Heinrich Kimmle Stiftung in Pirmasens, the Berliner Tafel organisation and Restart Jugendhilfe in Troisdorf.
The organisation chosen after each sweepstake received a EUR 100 donation, and the total amount donated to each organisation was indicated by a glass column with red balls inside. The EUR 2,500 raised through the sweepstakes was topped up by the Kömmerling Better World Stiftung foundation to EUR 3,000. Mainz 05 hilft e.V. and Restart Jugendhilfe Troisdorf each received EUR 1,000, while the Heinrich Kimmle Stiftung Pirmasens and the Berliner Tafel organisation each received EUR 500.
profine marketing director Marc Habermeyer handed over the cheque to Marco Dobrani from the Heinrich Kimmle Stiftung Pirmasens. Marc Habermeyer: “The foundation Heinrich Kimmle Stiftung runs a large-scale competitive sport community that is entirely donation-funded. Our donation was used to provide training to talented athletes and to make it possible for them to compete at the Special Olympics. We’re delighted to have been able to help them!"
Here are brief profiles of each organisation and links to their websites in case you would like to make a donation.
RESTART Troisdorf helps families, children and young adults in Troisdorf and the surrounding region. It is a multi-denominational, non-profit association providing regular weekly events such as meeting groups for mums and toddlers, and a café for kids and young adults. As an accredited institution RESTART Troisdorf is also involved in voluntary youth and family support activities.
Heinrich Kimmle Stiftung Pirmasens
The foundation Heinrich Kimmle Stiftung is an independent public law foundation founded in 1965 by prelate Heinrich Kimmle. As a regional disabled services provider the foundation supports people with handicaps at work, in the home, and in pre-school and school education with the objective of helping them to lead the most independent life possible.
Berliner Tafel e. V.
What began as a vision in 1993 is now an indispensable element of Berlin's social landscape and hundreds of other Tafel organisations have been established throughout Germany since. Many people in our society are dependent on food donations in addition to their state benefits. Berliner Tafel e.V. transports over 6,600 tonnes of food to more than 300 social organisations, has 45 hand-out points and supports 125,000 Berliners every month.
Mainz 05 hilft e. V.
The calls from many quarters for sports associations to take on greater responsibility for their local communities were nothing new when the initiators of Mainz 05 hilft e. V. decided to listen to them and act on them in 2010. They set up a framework that allowed them to link community involvement and requests for help to the club and called it Mainz 05 hilft e. V. The objective of the association is to provide fast and uncomplicated assistance to people in need in the region – and it has been doing just that for many years.
Football is an attitude
The youngsters give one-hundred percent as they run up and down the pitch – until they are completely exhausted. Their dream is to become professional footballers. But it takes more than being an exceptional player to achieve that dream. It takes a special attitude to life. How does it feel? What does a day in the young players’ lives involve? Read all about it in the book.
Jürgen Klopp said: “It’s a fantastic initiative of my former club.”
The unique book project was realised with the support and collaboration of the foundation KÖMMERLING BETTER WORLD STIFTUNG, the NELE NEUHAUS FOUNDATION and MAINZ 05 football club: “Fußball findet auch im Kopf statt“ (Football is an attitude) – eleven young players and their dream of playing professional football.
“There has never been another football book like it,” said publisher Matthias Knöß. “The Nele Neuhaus Foundation helps children and adolescents to improve their reading, writing and speaking skills. We are always asking ourselves what topics we can use to engage and inspire these youngsters. And football’s a great choice! That’s how we came up with the idea. So we teamed up with MAINZ 05 and the club’s main sponsor Kömmerling, two very committed cooperation partners from the very outset of the project.“
We achieved some impressive results. Eleven young footballers between the ages of 14 and 22 wrote down their very personal stories for us. They’re authentic, uncensored and direct, providing deep insights into the daily routines and emotions of ambitious young players. Strength of will, sacrifices, testing out limits and celebrating achievements are all part of these youngsters’ daily routine, because they are all growing up at the Bundesliga club’s Youth Training Centre. They live far away from family and friends, and often from their home country. Their only goal is to realise their dream of being a professional footballer. The narrative is honest and provides brand new insights into professional football.
Interaction is a special aspect of the book, which includes QR codes for each story with links to short videos about the boys.
Available at book stores, web shops and the Mainz 05 fan shop from 14 September 2020, or click the following link to order a copy: https://www.ullstein-buchverlage.de/nc/buch/details/fussball-findet-auch-im-kopf-statt-9783430210478.html
Together in the fight against cystic fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic metabolic disorder. In Germany up to 8,000 children, teenagers and adults are affected by this incurable disease. Patients with cystic fibrosis have varying symptoms. It mainly affects the lungs and pancreas but can also affect other organs. Many with this illness suffer from breathing difficulties and severe problems with the digestive system. Patients with cystic fibrosis are among the high risk group for whom the Corona pandemic can be life-threatening.
When our colleague Manuela Richter found out that her two-year-old neighbour Henri had this terrible disease, it was clear to her that she had to do something to help him.
“Every donation helps to support research into cystic fibrosis and to improve the life-expectancy of children and babies. The fight against cystic fibrosis is long and expensive,” Manuela explains.
She asked our company for support and Ralf Wagner our accessories manager did not hesitate to make a contribution with the foundation “Kömmerling Better World Stiftung”.
He also took some committed suppliers on board. Together with Innoperform, Regel-air Becks and Hoffner a group donation was made. All three companies produce ventilation solutions for a healthy indoor climate. Fresh air is vital for patients with cystic fibrosis.
Ralf Wagner: “I immediately thought of our partners when I heard about this and they were really keen to help. Together we were able to donate a total of 5,000 EUR to cystic fibrosis research. This may be a small contribution compared to the great suffering of the patients but certainly a signal of hope for Henri.”
The German association Mukoviszidose e.V. networks cystic fibrosis patients and their families as well as doctors, therapists, carers and researchers. The association bundles different experiences, competences and perspectives with the goal to enable all those affected by cystic fibrosis to live their lives as independently as possible.
If you would like to help little Henri, you can do this via his mother’s donation website: https://www.altruja.de/henri-will-aufatmen/page/2#spenden
Charity handball game for cancer patient Jayla
Patrick Bohn is a colleague who works at our mixing plant in Pirmasens. In November 2019 the world fell apart for him and his family when his four-year-old daughter Jayla was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive, malignant and inoperable brain tumour (pontine glioma, DIPG). Her only hope of recovery is therapy with a drug called ONC201 which isn’t licensed in Germany yet. As a result, the health insurance fund refused to pay the EUR 20,000 per year cost of the treatment, or EUR 100,000 in total for a five-year treatment period. At the family’s initiative the “Saarländische Krebsliga” cancer support organisation held a fund-raising drive to make the treatment possible.
Dr. Peter Mrosik, owner and CEO of the profine Group: “When we heard the sad news we immediately knew we had to do something to help. Our foundation “Kömmerling Better World Stiftung” made a financial donation and encouraged all members of staff to help little Jayla and her family with their donations and fund-raising ideas. I’m very proud of them for responding so quickly.”
Our colleague Yvonne Di Loreto read the foundation’s donation appeal and immediately came up with a fund-raising idea. She and her family are active members of the TS Rodalben handball club near Pirmasens. Once a year the club organises a 1000+ handball game which is played for at least 1,000 handball fans at the TSR sports hall. At Yvonne’s initiative, this year’s match was turned into a charity match for Jayla. For every TSR goal scored the “Kömmerling Better World Stiftung” donated EUR 50 and, at the end of the game, a total of EUR 6,750 was handed over to our colleague Patrick Bohn for Jayla.
Thanks to this handball match and similar events the entire EUR 100,000 has now been paid into the Saarländische Krebsliga’s donation account and Jayla’s treatment could already begin. ONC201 kills cancer cells without damaging any healthy cells. We hope from the bottom of our hearts that it helps Jayla to recover from her illness.
Bringing people together and providing real help through ideas are two of the strengths and priorities of the foundation “Kömmerling Better World Stiftung”. So thank you very much to Yvonne for a fantastic idea and for helping a good cause!
Other children battling cancer can also benefit from your donations and support. If you would like to make a donation, the Saarländische Krebsliga's donations account "Krebskranke Kinder" is IBAN: DE65 5909 2000 7405 0400 12, BIC: GENODE51SB2 at Vereinigte Volksbank eG.