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We take responsibility out of conviction

Our perception of ourselves requires us to be an integral part of society and to take our social duties seriously.

Strongly rooted in the location of Schwanau and the surrounding region, as a family-run business we are aware of our responsibility for people and the ecology. Our long-term and sustainable thinking is reflected in our support of education, the environment and society. Martin Herrenknecht leads the way with personal commitment as a driver in many areas.

Knowledge points the way to the future

Education & Science

Education and science are central to social and economic progress. That's why we not only champion the personal and professional development of our up to 180 trainees, but also financially support young talents outside the company for school and student education projects – both nationally and internationally.

acatech

acatech (German Academy of Science and Engineering) represents German science and engineering at home and abroad. The work academy sets itself the goal of supporting the transfer of knowledge between science and industry and encouraging the next generation in science and engineering. As a member of the acatech Senate, since 2014 Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht has advised the Academy in strategic matters.

To the website https://en.acatech.de/

Herrenknecht scholarships at universities

We financially support technical education at various colleges and universities. Among other things, we provide funding to students at Carolo Wilhelmina in Braunschweig (Brunswick), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences and the RWTH Aachen for stays abroad, to study at foreign universities and for internships abroad on jobsites or in engineering offices. In addition, the founder and Chairman of the Board of Management Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht personally supports the ALS research chair at the Berlin Charité hospital.

ITACET

Herrenknecht is one of six founding members of ITACET (Foundation for Education and Training on Tunnelling and Underground Space Use), a global organization for training and further education especially for the tunnelling industry. With a network of more than 125 speakers, the initiative has already reached thousands of students in over 20 countries.

To the website www.itacet.org

Max Planck High School, Lahr

"High-tech in the classroom" – under this motto, Herrenknecht provides funds for the teaching of science and technology subjects at the Max Planck High School in Lahr. We support practically oriented teaching in physics, chemistry, biology and geography with 35,000 euros per year.  Since 2011 we have been co-organizers of the school's annual Engineer’s Day, giving young people an insight into technical careers.

To the website www.max-planck-gymnasium.de

Endowed Chair in Petrophysics at KIT

With the creation of a foundation, Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht established the "Technical Petrophysics" chair at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with the purpose of giving important impetus to research in the field of geothermal energy.

To the website www.agw.kit.edu

Wissensfabrik (Knowledge Factory) – Companies for Germany

We are a partner of the Wissensfabrik or Knowledge Factory, which makes the business location Germany more sustainable and the next generation fit for global competition. The initiative calls for greater cooperation between politics and business to promote education and entrepreneurship. Since its founding, some 2,500 educational partnerships have been concluded by its members. Herrenknecht is also actively involved in the project "KiTec – Children discover technology" in five regional schools. The aim is to awaken enthusiasm for science and technology, to teach economic relationships in a lively and practical way and to strengthen language and reading skills.

To the website www.wissensfabrik-deutschland.de

In harmony with nature

Environment & Resources

As the market leader in mechanized tunnelling technology, we not only set new standards in terms of safety and efficiency, but also promote the responsible use of resources and the environment. Thus, our TBM remanufacturing operation is a groundbreaking and key contribution to more sustainability in the entire tunnel building industry.

Our technology has one goal: to create sustainable connections. Whether transport infrastructures for the transport of people and goods, efficient supply and disposal systems or pipelines – our sophisticated technologies and methods are designed to intervene in nature as little as possible.

In times of scarce fossil fuels and continuously rising energy prices, the demand for innovative technologies that reduce energy consumption is growing worldwide. We are therefore a member of the initiative "Energy Efficiency – Made in Germany", which was set up by the Federal Government as an export initiative for energy efficiency. Our products are developed in an energy-efficient and energy cost-saving way.

Our deep drilling rigs in the Exploration business area create major prerequisites for the targeted development and exploitation of new energy sources. With innovative technology and the funding of a chair for technical petrophysics in Karlsruhe, we are committed to the development of deep geothermal energy throughout Germany and Europe. Because geothermal energy is one of the most efficient renewables and, thanks to its permanent availability, is able to cover the base load in the electricity grid. 

At our headquarters in Schwanau, we have been using a shallow geothermal system for heating and cooling administrative buildings for many years. With this we generate 324,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year and save 31 tonnes of CO2 a year compared to conventional heating systems. Additionally, since 2005 and 2007 two photovoltaic systems on the roofs of the factory buildings have been producing around 251,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

Remanufacturing proven premium technology

In our remanufacturing facility, after project completion we professionally rebuild proven machines and components for reuse. This opens up new potential for our industry and is economical, environmentally friendly and good for the carbon footprint of your construction project.

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Best conditions for peak performance

Sport

Move forward, get ahead, achieve success. We actively promote competitive sports in Germany. Herrenknecht financially supports outstanding athletes to create the best conditions for peak performance.

Thomas Röhler

(* September 30, 1991)

Javelin thrower; supported by Herrenknecht since 2017.

Greatest successes:
Gold at the 2012 German Championships in Wattenscheid, gold at the 2013 German Championships in Ulm, gold at the 2014 German Championships in Ulm, gold at the 2015 German Championships in Nuremberg, gold at the 2016 German Championships in Kassel, gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

To the website: www.thomas-roehler.de

Johannes Vetter

(* March 26, 1993)

Javelin thrower; supported by Herrenknecht since 2017.

Greatest successes:
Silver at the 2015 German Championships in Wattenscheid, 4th place at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, second-best javelin thrower in track and field history with a 94.44 meter throw in Lucerne in 2017, gold at the 2017 World Championships in London. 

To the website: www.facebook.com/johannes.vetter.official

David Storl

(* August 27, 1990)

Shot putter; supported by Herrenknecht since 2013.

Greatest successes:
Gold at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea (first German world champion in shot put and at 21 years youngest ever world champion in this discipline at the time), gold at the 2012 European Championships in Helsinki, silver at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, gold at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow , gold at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, silver at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and gold at the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam.

To the website: www.davidstorl.de

Carolin Schäfer

(* December 5, 1991)

Heptathlete; supported by Herrenknecht since 2014.

Greatest successes:
Gold at the 2008 Junior World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, gold at the Junior European Championships 2009 in Novi Sad, Serbia, gold at the 2013 German Championships in Lage, 4th place at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich (with personal best), silver at the 2017 World Championships in London.

To the website: www.carolin-schaefer.com

Dominik Oswald

(* February 17, 1997)

Trial biker; supported by Herrenknecht since 2017.

Greatest successes: 
Gold at the 2014 and 2015 Junior World Championships; gold at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Junior European Championships; silver at the 2017 World Championships in Chengdu, China.

To the website: www.dominik-oswald.com

For the common good

Social

Not everyone enjoys the privilege of a healthy and orderly life. We therefore support sick and disadvantaged children and adolescents in particular to help them create a more worry-free life and equal opportunity.

On the occasion of a gala to celebrate the company's 35th anniversary, Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht launched a fundraiser for the organization. By July 2012, 87,000 euros had been donated. The supporters included employees, contractors, partners of the company and the Chairman of the Board of Management himself.

www.helfen-hilft.de
Children's cancer support organization Förderverein für krebskranke Kinder e.V. Freiburg

Since the summer of 1998, Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht has supported the maintenance of a parish in his hometown of Schwanau, Allmannsweier with a private donation.

www.kirche-allmannsweier.de

For several years, we have regularly supported various aid organizations with financial resources. These include Germany's Relief Coalition, Doctors Without Borders, People for People – Karlheinz Böhm's Ethiopia Aid, SOS Children's Villages, Unicef as well as the UN Refugee Agency.

Certified sense of responsibility

Certification

Highest standards of quality. Sustainable use of resources. Maximum safety at work. At Herrenknecht, responsible behavior is evident in all areas. Leading management systems confirm our compliance with all statutory regulations.

 

In addition to the following certificates, we also hold other technical approvals confirming the high level of safety and quality at Herrenknecht.

Quality of the highest standard

Responsibility for the environment

Safe and healthy employees

Careful use of resources

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