Wienerberger Extends Partnership with Habitat for Humanity
Vienna/Bratislava (September 2, 2015) – Today, Wienerberger group, one of the world’s leading producers of construction materials, announced a three-year extension of its partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, an international housing charity. Wienerberger will support Habitat’s home reconstruction and environmental sustainability projects in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland and US. Wienerberger will also work with Habitat to increase awareness of housing problems and advocate for better policies in Central and Eastern Europe.
“As one of the world’s largest suppliers of building material and infrastructure solutions, we want to use our products and expertise to create the greatest possible benefits for society. Therefore we have set ourselves the goal of supporting the construction of housing for socially disadvantaged people. Over the last three years, working along with Habitat for Humanity, we have started making real progress by building homes for people in need,” said Heimo Scheuch, Chief Executive Office, Wienerberger.
Initially, Wienerberger supported Habitat housing projects in Romania and Bulgaria providing financial support, bricks, roof tiles, technical expertise and staff volunteers. Almost 130 families received a new home or had their houses renovated. The company also built with Habitat a new hospice and school in Romania helping more than 1,360 people. In total, more than 2,000 adults and children in need were helped.
The partnership grew to include assistance for Habitat initiatives in Poland, United Kingdom and United States. Habitat Poland received financial contribution as well as pipes and fittings for the eco house in Marszewo. In US, the company donated energy efficient bricks for Habitat Holston in Kingsport, Tennessee. In UK, gifts-in-kind included tiles and paving stones for the front and back of 23 houses. More recently, two teams of Wienerberger employees helped build new homes in Bulgaria where in October 2013 the company supported Habitat’s advocacy work at Habitat’s first national housing forum.
Wienerberger has also broadened its commitment through inclusion of its Tondach and Pipelife subsidiary companies for roof and pipe products.
“This is a mutually beneficial partnership for both Wienerberger and Habitat,” said Greg Foster, area vice president for Habitat for Humanity in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We need partners like Wienerberger whose significant contribution has helped reduce poverty housing. They have also helped us address key housing issues in countries where the need is so great.”
The new three-year partnership agreement calls for Wienerberger to construct or renovate 200 homes and help many more people through influencing housing policies in the region.
Wienerberger is the world’s largest producer of bricks (Porotherm, Terca) as well as number one on the clay roof tile market (Koramic, Tondach) in Europe and on the concrete paver market (Semmelrock) in Central-East Europe. In pipe systems (Steinzeug-Keramo ceramic pipes and Pipelife plastic pipes), the company is one of the market leaders in Europe. With 203 plants, Wienerberger generated revenues of 2,835 million and operating EBITDA of 317 million in 2014.Further information about Wienerberger can be found at .
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit .