Reinhold Würth and his commitment towards society
It has always been part of the self-conception of the Würth Group to take on social responsibility. In order to combine this involvement under one roof and to ensure a continuation of the efforts, Reinhold and Carmen Würth founded the Würth Foundation in 1987. The Würth Foundation does e.g. present the Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland to outstanding individuals, ensembles or projects showing particular commitment to the development of young people with musical talent. In addition to the regular work within the Würth Foundation Würth is very involved in the fields of arts and culture, research and science as well as training and education.
For the winter term 1999/2000 Reinhold Würth was offered the chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Karlsruhe (Technical College). It was the first chair of Entrepreneurship that was established in Germany. Until September 2003, he headed the university’s Interdisciplinary Institute of Entrepreneurship where he taught the students what matters in the foundation and management of a business.
In the 1960s, Reinhold Würth developed a passion for collecting works of art. One of the first acquisitions was a watercolour painting by Emil Nolde. Meanwhile, he has over 18,000 works of art in his collection.
Reinhold Würth and the sculpture of him made by the Austrian artist Alfred Hrdlicka in 1996
On his initiative a museum and an event hall for lectures, conferences, concerts, readings and cabaret were integrated into the administrative building of the Würth Group in Künzelsau. Ever since the opening, these facilities have become special magnets both for the company’s employees and for the interested public at large. Three further forums for the presentation of the Würth Collection were created by Reinhold Würth in Künzelsau and Schwäbisch Hall. Since 1999, art galleries have been opened successively at international companies in Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland. The galleries are connected directly to the individual countries’ main offices. This way, the exhibitions permit an inspiring coexistence and interplay of the arts and everyday business.
In recognition of his special social and cultural commitment as well as his entrepreneurial achievements Prof. Reinhold Würth has received numerous honors and awards.
70 Years of the German Grundgesetz
For 70 years, the Grundgesetz, the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany, has been one of the fundamental pillars of our democratic Europe. In 1949, Reinhold Würth was 14 years old. His father’s business had three employees on the payroll. Today, over 77,000 people work for the Würth Group in Germany and all over the world. This success is also based on the individual, social and entrepreneurial opportunities for development the Grundgesetz offered. It is also based on the value-oriented corporate management and corporate culture at Würth.
Having grown on the basis of values. For more than 70 years.
“We are celebrating 70 years of the German Grundgesetz, the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany. We all know how fundamentally important the Grundgesetz is for the everyday life of all citizens in Germany. On 23 May 1949, the German Parliamentary Council announced the enactment of the German Grundgesetz. I had the privilege of experiencing the reestablishment of our nation first-hand. Looking back with 84 years of experience, I am grateful in many different ways.
The Parliamentary Council had achieved a legendary feat in a Germany still recovering from the terrors and atrocities of National Socialism: They had established a new constitution. A stable and diverse democracy has evolved out of this constitution. This has been an incredible stroke of luck for us citizens: We have spent the last 70 years in peace and freedom. And the cherry on top of this chain of lucky events in German history was the reunification of Germany in 1989.
We can only protect these most precious assets for our children and grandchildren—peace, freedom, environmental protection and a prospering economy—as long as we maintain the democratic party system!”