Social Commitment

Many of Messer’s subsidiaries are involved in social projects. The type of involvement depends on the needs of the country in question, for Messer is usually guided in such matters by the immediate environment. In 2017, the main focus of social activities was on education, children and health. In this Sustainability Report, we publish just a few select projects to provide a sense of the range of activities in which we are involved.

In memory of Adolf Messer, who would have turned 100 on 6 April 1978, the Messer family set up the charitable Adolf Messer Foundation in 1978. As a Messer Group shareholder, the independent foundation supports science and fosters young scientists in their research and training. Prizes and funding are awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in the natural sciences and engineering as well as in economics, social science and the humanities. In the social and health area, the Messer Family established the charitable Dr. Hans Messer Social Foundation in memory of Dr Hans Messer. It makes donations to help people who find themselves in need through no fault of their own. The activities of both charitable foundations are independent of those of the Messer Group.

Commitment to education and culture

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Messer supports children’s festival

The third International Children’s Festival took place in Sarajevo in early May 2017. The aim was to give children and young people a first-hand experience of books, music and the performing arts. Children who gave the best performances in a singing and storytelling competition were awarded “writers’ globes” and certificates. Messer supported the festival with dry ice and gas for balloons. The resulting mist on the stage and balloons drifting in the air gave the venue a really special atmosphere.

“Young artists” were the stars of the Children’s Festival.

Germany: Messer opens its doors to children

Diving into the exciting world of gases – Messer offers this opportunity to some 80 children each year in connection with the Bad Soden Ferienspiele, a programme of organised holiday activities.

Employees of Messer show small groups of young visitors around the permanent company exhibition, which offers lots of scope for discovery and fascinating experiences. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a 60-year-old restored air separation unit, the inside of which is visible to visitors, allowing them to gain a better understanding of the process of separating air into its main components nitrogen and oxygen. Ground rubber and a doll’s refrigerator illustrate even more clearly for children how industrial gases are needed for environmental protection, for instance in the recycling of reusable materials. Xenon lamps, helium balloons and a welded bicycle frame then make the message clear: while the world of gases may be invisible, it is no less exciting.

Commitment to Environment, Health and Social Issues

France: “Seals of hope”

Messer France collects used and defective gas cylinder seals at its Saint-Georges site – for a good cause: the seals go to Les Bouchons de l‘Espoir (“Seals of Hope” in English). This organisation sells the plastic closures to a recycling firm, which produces recyclable plastic granules from them.

The proceeds go to help people with disabilities: for example, Les Bouchons de l‘Espoir provides funding for wheelchairs or the alteration of homes to fit the needs of the disabled. “My colleagues were on board from the beginning,” says a delighted Dominique Juin, a Messer France employee and the founder of Les Bouchons de l‘Espoir. “I really appreciate this support. Instead of simply disposing of the used seals, they now benefit a good cause.”

Many people in need have already been helped thanks to our Messer France colleague Dominique Juin’s initiative.

Hungary: Support for socially disadvantaged families

Messer Hungarogáz asked its employees for their assistance with a social project: The team were to help decide which social organisation the company ought to support in future. Three institutions that support socially disadvantaged groups were proposed. The result of the poll reflects the family character of Messer: the majority favoured an organisation that runs a temporary home for families. These families were also invited to attend Messer Hungarogáz‘s Family Day, where they could spend a carefree afternoon with our colleagues. Messer Hungarogáz was delighted to see such a large turn-out on the part of the staff.

Spain: A bicycle for more joie de vivre

Messer Ibérica promotes the good idea provided by one welding gas customer in Tarragona: he developed a special bicycle for people with disabilities. The clever thing about this bike is that it can be adapted to the particular needs of the rider. Development of the various prototypes, including one to which a trailer or platform for a wheelchair can be docked, was completed in November 2017. The bike will be presented to the disability associations toward the end of the year.

Germany: Christmas market in unique setting returns

For three years, Messer in Bad Soden has hosted a Christmas market for a good cause. On 29 and 30 November 2017 from 4pm to 9pm, visitors to the market on the Messer-Platz square had the opportunity to purchase arts and crafts, home accessories, fashionwear and much more besides for the cold season. The proceeds from Messer’s Christmas market stalls will be donated to Hilfe für krebskranke Kinder Frankfurt e.V., a Frankfurt-based organisation that helps children with cancer.

Germany: Biophysicist Benesh Joseph receives Adolf Messer Foundation Award 2017

The Adolf Messer Foundation Award 2017 was presented on 19 September 2017 at a ceremony in Goethe University’s Guest House: Benesh Joseph, a biophysicist at Goethe University since 2013, received the award, with prize money of 25,000 euros, for his research in the field of pathogenic bacteria. The Adolf Messer Foundation has presented the award to outstanding young scientists in the field of basic experimental research at Goethe University since 1994. It is given in recognition of innovation, scientific curiosity and pioneering spirit. This year’s award was presented by Birgitta Wolff, President of Goethe University, and Honorary Senator Stefan Messer, Chairman of the Foundation Board of the Adolf Messer Foundation. Through his work, Benesh Joseph is contributing to the development of new alternative therapy options to counter the multidrug and antibiotic resistance of pathogenic bacteria.

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