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Tengelmann welcomes Armin Laschet North Rhine-Westphalia Minister hails social commitment

Mülheim an der Ruhr, November 7, 2007 – Tengelmann Group Managing Partner Karl-Erivan W. Haub today welcomed a prominent guest at Group headquarters in Wissollstrasse. Armin Laschet, Minister for Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, wanted to find out for himself about the “Tengelmann Volunteer Day” program and meet employees who have already put something back into society for day. “We are delighted that the commitment displayed by our employees as well as the company is being recognized in this way,” said Karl-Erivan W. Haub.

The initiative was launched by Karl-Erivan W. Haub at the start of the year. Each of the approx. 450 employees at Tengelmann Group headquarters is given a day off each year in order to take part in voluntary community service. "The Tengelmann Group has set a new precedent in the retail sector with its “Volunteer Day” initiative. This is a prime example of how the Group accepts its share of responsibility for cohesion in our society,” said Minister of Intergenerational Affairs Armin Laschet in praise of the scheme. So far over 200 employees have signed up for one or other of over 50 projects. A day spent with the food aid organization Mülheimer Tafel is particularly popular with volunteers, with 22 teams so far helping out. The biggest project to date was carried out at the Theodor Fliedner Foundation sheltered housing complex. Over the course of a week, 44 employees from Tengelmann Energie GmbH joined with staff and residents to resurface an access road. The experiences of those Tengelmann employees who have already volunteered for a day have been so positive that they intend to start new projects next year.

Many of the ideas originated in cooperation with the Center for Community Service (CBE) in Mülheim. In fact it was the CBE that drew the attention of the State government and in particular the competent minister Armin Laschet to the “Tengelmann Volunteer Day” program.