Dr. Oetker has been family owned, and family run, since our doors were first opened. The owner family has been its shaping force, setting an example with the principle that the interests of the company and the interests of the family are closely aligned. This guiding philosophy has ensured continuity throughout the years.
Along with these strong family values, Dr. Oetker also assumes particular responsibility within the communities it operates, not only for the high-quality branded products, but also by ensuring that economic development is in tune with environmental and social priorities.
At a very early stage, Dr. Oetker made environmental stewardship an integral part of its corporate governance, beginning the rigorous implementation of environmental protection measures. Every product, from product development to package design, is created with the environment in mind, keeping our impact on the planet as low as possible. Furthermore, the high environmental standards achieved at the German locations are vigorously transferred to the Dr. Oetker companies around the world.
And we value our people just as highly. Dr. Oetker pays very special attention to the people that work for us, making employee satisfaction and long-term job retention a business priority. This can be seen in the long periods of service throughout our company, where career growth and a broad and diverse array of social benefits are always on the menu.
Dr. Oetker also has a role to play in wider communities where it operates. We are involved in many different foundations, including the Rudolf-August Oetker-Stiftung, which supports projects in the fields of culture, art, science and the environment and the Ida und Richard Kaselowsky-Stiftung, which dedicates itself to social and charitable causes.
Dr. Oetker also supports an SOS-Kinderdorf in Harksheide near Hamburg with the aim of enabling children in need to enjoy a life in a family environment again. For decades now the Oetker family and the Dr. Oetker company has also been committed to the Deutscher Kinderschutzbund (DKSB), a child protection house set up in Bielefeld to offer an important point of refuge for children and parents.