Helping and supporting people around the world
We see Ottobock not just as a company, but also as an active member of society. That is why doing our part to ensure sustainable development.
Commitment of the Näder family
Professor Hans Georg Näder and his daughters Julia and Georgia Näder place great emphasis on fulfilling their responsibility to employees, customers and users. They carry on the philosophy of company founder Otto Bock to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and to enable them to live independently on a daily basis.
Our engagement to sports
Ottobock has been supporting Paralympic sports for over three decades. We are a loyal partner to the athletes and provide them with our services free of charge. Our passion for the Paralympics is an inherent part of our company’s DNA. We are proud to be able to support so many athletes with disabilities. In keeping with our motto “Passion for Paralympics”, we do everything we can for their mobility.
Taking those first steps with a sports prosthesis, aiming to run a new personal best or simply racing with the kids again – everyone has their own reasons for participating in an Ottobock Running Clinic.
We are providing help in the coronavirus pandemic with our worldwide clinical network
The treatment situation has become even more acute since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. People with disabilities in particular are impacted by its effects, since essential procedures are not carried out or get postponed, extending their stay in hospital and increasing their dependence on care staff.
In a position paper published by the GHA (German Health Alliance), we highlighted the importance of supplying devices during the coronavirus pandemic and spoke up for making devices part of universal healthcare and including service providers at the international level in support measures for healthcare professionals. To this end, we work with international partners to improve treatment with prostheses, orthoses and wheelchairs on site. For example, we contribute to research projects set up by the WHO through our worldwide clinical network in order to develop appropriate measures for this purpose.
Trained staff carries out coronavirus tests for all employees providing services requiring close physical proximity. Beyond that, other employees who are not working from home can get tested at least once a week.
All 36 schools and day-care facilities within the Duderstadt city limits were equipped with the 162 air purification units on time at the start of 2021, with the help of the Duderstadt2030 urban development initiative.
In 2021, Klara-Maria Brennecke, orthopaedic technology mechanic at Ottobock, presented 100 plastic visors for contact minimisation to Dr Markus Roessler and Daniela Kürschner.
Professor Näder’s donation was doubled by two local family foundations in Austin, which made it possible to finance 80,000 meals. The aid organisation distributes food to people in need in Texas.
Ottobock upgrades medical equipment in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria: Five respirators, door openers and face masks will help provide intensive care services at the Blagoevgrad city hospital.
Work at the Ottobock Patient Care clinic in Wuhan had to stop for 12 weeks during the lockdown in 2020. Employees had to accept high financial losses during this period. Ottobock financially supported the colleagues concerned.
Ottobock supports government hospitals in India with a donation to the Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India, which supply the healthcare staff with meals and essential goods.
Strategy and objectives as a basis for action
Eight focus topics are of paramount importance for Ottobock and our internal as well as external stakeholders. They form the basis for the management of our sustainability activities.
Responsibility is our foundation
As a member of the UN Global Compact, we are committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and have integrated them into our sustainability strategy.
Read how we intend to continuously improve the sustainability performance of Ottobock, and how we make it measurable in the context of ESG performance indicators.