Commitment to progress
At Gentherm, supporting initiatives and institutions that improve our communities is integral to what we do and who we are. Since our company was founded, donating to charities, educational organizations and disaster relief efforts worldwide has been a primary focus of our organization. We are committed to remaining active in the community and continuing our legacy of corporate responsibility and volunteerism as well as educating and improving the lives of the next generation through STEM education.
We are happy to have started FIRST robotics teams at three inner-city Detroit schools primarily comprised of 14-18 year old young women of various ethnic backgrounds. The FIRST® Robotics competition started in 1992 with 28 teams in a New Hampshire high school gym and has now grown to include 400,000 young people annually. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills. We are committed to providing mentorship, financial support, transportation and the time and effort of our employee volunteers to inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. The FIRST Robotics Competition engages students who may not otherwise have interest in mechanical, electrical or software engineering and nurtures creativity and inspires them to be problem solvers and build brighter futures.
Alongside construction of our Acuna, Mexico manufacturing facilities, we built the Gentherm Family Center in an effort to provide our valued employees services and amenities that improve the lives of them and their families. This 2,000 square foot facility provides a caring and supportive environment which offers psychological, legal and medical services from accredited professionals. Movie rental and a computer center with internet means our employees and their immediate family have access to entertainment, education and online communication. The family center also provides lawn and gardening equipment such as ladders, shovels, lawnmowers and other tools for improving their homes and landscaping. At Gentherm, we understand life away from work is just as important as life at work, and we are happy to provide our employees items for parties and events such as chairs, tables, grills, DJ equipment and even bounce houses for children. All of these items and services are free of charge to employees and are lent out on a rotating basis.
House Of Hope
The House of Hope Orphanage was built with a considerable donation by Gentherm and the collaboration of two other manufacturers who do the majority of hiring in the Acuna, Mexico area. The new 8,073-square-foot Casa de Esperanza improves the physical infrastructure, security and living conditions for approximately 55 children, replacing an outdated, smaller building that had fallen significantly out of compliance with building codes, lacked security and could not accommodate children with special needs.