Corporate Social Responsibility
Hannover Fairs Australia takes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) seriously.
A company of our size does not have the capacity to support all worthwhile causes, but best concentrates its efforts on a few key projects and partners.
Hannover Fairs Australia has chosen to partner with the “Society for Australian – German Student Exchange” (SAGSE). This outstanding organisation awards scholarships each year to Australian students to travel to Germany and for German students to travel to Australia. The students receiving the scholarships are highly motivated to experience the other country and a new culture by staying with host families. In order to experience the culture fully, they must have learned German and English before applying for the scholarship.
SAGSE was founded in Melbourne in 1967 to support mutual understanding between Australians and Germans. Experiencing and understanding other cultures is essential for a peaceful world and for individuals to manage the challenges of globalisation.
In many cases, the exchange produces not only a deep understanding of the other country’s values and culture, but also, on a personal level, life-long friendships.
SAGSE places a priority on two principles: Firstly, it is a scholarship-based exchange, thereby giving exchange opportunities to students irrespective of socio-economic background. Secondly, it is run to a large extent by those who themselves have experienced the SAGSE program. Former exchange students sit on the committees of the various SAGSE branches, and more recently returned students make up the German Australian Students’ Society (GASS), which has branches in NSW and Victoria.
Recently, exchange students from Germany were getting ready at Sydney airport for their flight back to Germany after their 10-weeks-exchange in Australia. They were farewelled by members of their host families as well as representatives from SAGSE and GASS. “It was wonderful”, said Sebastian Lehmann from Lübeck who stayed with a host family in Melbourne. “I’m very impressed with Australia. My host-family took me to Cairns where I saw some crocodiles – it was one of the best experiences I ever had.” School was another interesting experience for Sebastian who said that private schools are almost unknown in Germany, where most students attend co-ed government-run schools. “I made many new friends in my school and we will stay in touch.”