"In the almost 25 years of our existence, we have grown from a two-man start-up to a 60-person company that is successful throughout Germany and Europe," says highQ Managing Director Thomas Hornig. "That's why the idea matured years ago: the fruits of our labour should not only benefit us, but also others. It is our goal to donate a significant amount every year to charitable initiatives and projects in the region and beyond."
In the past year 2020, highQ distributed a total of 25,000 euros (and thus 5,000 euros more than in the previous year), which a total of nine recipients were able to enjoy, including the regional association "Wir helfen Kindern e.V.", which supports disadvantaged children. The focus of support is on the areas of: Children's cancer aid, violence and abuse against children, poverty, education and integration. Other regional campaigns were the "Weihnachtswunsch" (Christmas Wish) of the Badische Zeitung and "Herzenssache" (Matter of the Heart) of the Südwestrundfunk, but also internationally active organisations such as Unicef and SOS Kinderdorf were supported. A new addition is a donation to the Mudita Foundation, in which a highQ employee is actively involved. The organisation works to improve the living conditions of underprivileged and orphaned children in Myanmar so that they too can lead happy and fulfilling lives. One of the focal points of highQ's donations in 2020 was the support of children and students.
In general, the values of responsibility and commitment have a high priority at the Freiburg-based IT company, which develops software for public transport and finance. "Social commitment is important to us," emphasises Christian Disch. "This starts with our employees, continues with our commitment to environmentally friendly mobility and, of course, applies more generally in social and societal terms."
Moreover, this commitment is not entirely altruistic, Thomas Hornig admits, because his company also benefits indirectly from it: "Both our customers and applicants appreciate the fact that we not only have our own advancement in mind, but also think of others and act in a value-oriented way.
For highQ, one thing is certain: as much as possible will be donated again in the current year, and that is also why we are looking forward to many new projects that make this possible.