People at KWS
A large number of KWS employees are involved in their environment, accompany refugees in everyday life and promote their integration. We support this.
Capacity Development Projects
This initiative, which was set up in the 2012/2013 fiscal year, aims to contribute to the breeding and seed propagation of locally adapted crop varieties in Peru and Ethiopia, and to preserve crop biodiversity locally. KWS works with collaborative partners to train young plant breeders on site, and to strengthen their breeding programs and gene banks with urgently needed equipment. In addition, in Ethiopia, the access that small farmers have to improved seed is also supported. In the 2016/2017 financial year, we invested €213,195 in this initiative.
Since 2007, we support an endowed chair for “Crop plant Biodiversity and Breeding Informatics” at the University of Hohenheim; in the past fiscal year this totaled €100,000.
We participated in the nationwide scholarship program of German universities at the University of Göttingen with €14,400. We regularly support scientific conferences, organizations and events.
“New neighbors” initiative
Since 2015, we have supported the “New neighbors” initiative of the deaconry of Einbeck. For example, KWS employees are involved in the donation warehouse and magazine, accompany refugee families in everyday life and promote their professional integration.
In addition, KWS offers career opportunities to new colleagues with refugee backgrounds through language training, initial qualifications or training.