Gesellschaftlicher Beitrag
Our understanding of social responsibility

What one cannot do alone, many can do.

Our community investment

RBI's mission states that we act in a socially responsible manner and contribute to the long-term well-being of people and companies in our markets. We want to counteract social problems, promote cultural life and protect the environment.

We see ourselves as a committed corporate citizen that actively advocates the sustainable development of society.

In its fundamental principles, RBI draws on the ideas of its founder Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen. For him, social solidarity, self-help and sustainability were guidelines for economic activity. Our commitment as a corporate citizen extends beyond our core business. We aim to counteract social problems, promote cultural life and protect the environment. Diversity, tolerance and a strong focus on people are the constants of its efforts to shape the sustainable development of society.

RBI invested a total of € 4.6 m in the community in 2020, thereby supporting projects in the communities in which it is active as a bank. The projects supported are diverse and have different focal points depending on the respective countries. Of this investment amount, € 1.6 m were used to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

RBI’s role is based on the following three pillars:

  1. The understanding to act in harmony with the cooperative mission of its owners and towards sustainable entrepreneurship, active civil society and an environmentally friendly society
  2. The assertion of the group’s own set of principles and beliefs
  3. The specific regional requirements of RBI’s subsidiaries
education

Education remains one of the key issues of the 21st century and an essential element in the fight against poverty. We contribute to improving education by actively promoting an understanding of financial products and services and passing on banking expertise as part of our daily advisory function.

We are closely associated with the topic of financial education, i.e. the competent handling of money and financial matters, also known as 'financial literacy', due to our core business.

Digitalization

The digital revolution opens up great potential for business and, at the same time, a multitude of opportunities for society. Digitalization – this means new paths, but also new challenges. Digital competence is crucial here. With projects such as fit4internet, we support initiatives that aim to ensure broad participation in digitization by society as a whole.

Culture

Art creates something new, overcomes boundaries and brings people together. That's why it's important to us to promote a broad interest in art and culture. In addition to supporting projects of national and international scope, we also care about supporting local art and culture initiatives

Social

We make an important contribution to improving the future prospects of socially disadvantaged groups. Together with our cooperation partner Caritas and other national and international partners, we primarily support projects that deal with disadvantaged children and young people as well as single mothers.

Sports
© GEPA pictures

Sport promotes health, connects and brings people together. We see sport as an important part of our social responsibility, and it is part of our brand understanding. That's why we support young talents as well as well-known athletes on their way to the finish line. 

Environment

While we are increasingly aligning our core business to 'green' criteria, we are also pursuing the internal goal of actively reducing negative environmental impacts at our sites and are working continuously to improve the key environmental performance indicators. Membership of a number of organizations committed to protecting the environment helps us keep abreast of the latest developments.

Sustainable Development Goals

To help solve global challenges, promote human well-being and protect the environment, the UN community of nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015. At its core are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 sub-goals. In a process accompanied by external experts, eight SDGs were initially selected, now 11, to which we are increasingly making a contribution.

SDGs