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06/24/2014 | Lufthansa staff members demonstrate social commitment combined with business initiative

What makes a successful business founder? This was just one of the questions answered during the two-week Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014, which was held in early June in Port-au-Prince. The idea was for volunteer experts to help 30 participants who already have a small company or at least a business idea to implement their concepts.

The two men behind the idea are Jan Holz, who works for Lufthansa Technik Logistik America, and Jude Tranquille, the founder of Devoted Servants Haiti, a non-governmental organization (NGO). They met on the fringes of the Rotary Young Leadership Conference in Washington in the summer of 2013 and decided jointly to do their bit to stimulate sustainable economic growth in the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Through their personal networks, Holz and Tranquille got other partners on board, among them Lufthansa Consulting and help alliance, the aid organization founded 15 years ago by Lufthansa staff members. “The camp provides important start-up assistance for the participants. It’s a great project that we are more than pleased to be able to support with our knowledge and our contacts,” said Rita Diop, Chairwoman of help alliance. Within a matter of days several volunteers who were keen to pass on their knowledge to the participants applied.

This voluntary work was also supported by the Lufthansa Group Executive Board. It is not without reason that the Group is currently establishing its Leadership Principles for a management and employee culture based on courage, trust and the joy of success – attributes that the eleven advisors and the four-strong organizational team from Germany, New York and London brought with them. Simone Menne, Chief Officer Finance and Aviation Services, assumed sponsorship of the project. “I am very impressed by the way young Lufthansa staff members have set up such a fantastic project with the aid of the help alliance network,” she said. “It helps people in need in Haiti and also shows what terrific, committed colleagues we have in the Lufthansa Group.” 

More information about the Entrepreneurship Camp is available on the newly revamped help alliance website. An interactive world map gives insights into the activities of the aid organization and presents the people behind the projects. Visitors to the website also have an opportunity to make an online donation to help alliance. For photos please click here.

Econsense

Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V.

econsense is an association of leading, globally active companies and organisations of German business specializing in the area of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Founded in 2000 on the initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the goal of econsense is to provide a dialogue platform and think tank, with the dual objectives of advancing sustainable development in business and assuming social responsibility.