Merck is a leading science and technology company in the fields of healthcare, life science, and performance materials. Our some 50,000 employees work to develop technologies that enrich lives. Founded in 1668, we are the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company in the world – and to this day largely family-owned. Creativity and intellectual curiosity are indispensable for our work. Culture inspires, makes you think, and broadens horizons. This is why Merck sponsors the international symposium of the Goethe-Institut in Weimar

“Ownership is an integral part of our corporate culture. That’s why Siemens is aiming to continually increase the number of employees who are also shareholders in “their” company. However, ownership goes beyond the company’s borders. A company should be actively involved in the society in which it does business. Practicing social responsibility and assuming responsibility for coming generations – for me, that’s a “business-to- society” approach. And it’s precisely such service to society that legitimizes a company. I’m talking about far-reaching social engagement, nationally and internationally. That explains why Siemens is involved in numerous programs, including many company initiatives, to foster cultural and intercultural understanding.”
Joe Kaeser,
President and CEO of Siemens AG

“Volkswagen supports the international symposium of the Goethe-Institut as we are convinced that a forum of this quality possesses a path-breaking influence far beyond cultural life. This collaboration is a part of the global engagement for art and culture that Volkswagen devotes to making culture and education accessible to as many people as possible. In this context ‘sharing’, the guiding principle of the congress’ first theme, expresses the fundamental concept behind Volkswagen’s sponsorship of culture in ideal fashion.”
Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann (board member of the Volkswagen Group for China)