How everything started
The origins of Knorr-Bremse Global Care as a global organization lie in the founding of Knorr-Bremse Global Care e. V. in Germany. The association was set up by employees of the Knorr-Bremse Group in Munich just a few days after the tsunami of December 26, 2004 in South-East Asia.
The aim was to provide rapid, carefully targeted help to the victims of the disaster. Having successfully implemented its first selected aid projects, Knorr-Bremse Global Care continued its work around the world, constantly expanding and professionalizing its activities.
Today, Knorr-Bremse Global Care is the umbrella organization for the association and the two regional independent offshoots, Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America Ltd. in the US and Knorr-Bremse Global Care Asia Pacific in Hong Kong. Most of its funding comes from the Knorr-Bremse Group and donations from individual employees. The commitment of its members and group employees is the lifeblood of the organization.
In 2018, Knorr-Bremse Global Care took the next step for more impact. This regional approach reflects the structure of the Knorr-Bremse Group. Two independent organizations were found in North America and Asia. They both will remain part of the Knorr-Bremse Global Care umbrella organization with a joint strategy, common rules, consolidated reporting and accounting and, in future, a jointly agreed mission and vision statement.
Knorr-Bremse Global Care e. V. is responsible for projects in Brazil, South Africa and European countries where there are Knorr-Bremse locations, as well as for relief projects in ten additional, developing countries without a Knorr-Bremse presence and the global emergency relief.
Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America Inc. is responsible for Canada, Mexico and USA.
Knorr-Bremse Global Care Asia Pacific Ltd. is managing the projects in Australia, China India and the Pacific Region.
Our aim is to strengthen local responsibility at every Knorr-Bremse site to be able to address local social challenges more effectively at their own discretion and with a closer cultural connection.