People Empowerment


Social responsibility is a matter of course for us and a fundamental component of our corporate governance. Through various social projects, especially at our locations and in our procurement countries, we tackle current challenges and support people inside and outside our company.

Special Olympics Deutschland e.V.

The s.Oliver brand has been a supporter of the Special Olympics movement in Germany since the first National Games in Stuttgart in 1998. Special Olympics Deutschland e.V. is the sports organisation for people with intellectual and multiple disabilities and stands for inclusion and fun in sport. At the Special Olympics National Games 2024 in Thuringia, employees will once again be deployed on site to become part of the movement as corporate volunteers.

Cotton made in Africa

Together with the organization Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), we regularly support projects in cotton-growing regions in Africa.

Starting 2024 we are assisting female cotton farmers in Zambia. The goal of this project is to empower women’s independence, both socially and economically. Additional sources of income play a crucial role in achieving this. With our financial support, we are helping to procure corn mills and construct warehouses, allowing women and the community to cultivate and process not only cotton but also maize.

Furthermore, since 2023, we have jointly funded the construction and equipping of a girls’ dormitory near a school in Mtekente, Tanzania, in collaboration with CmiA and other partners. The school commute is often long and hazardous, and the girls’ dormitory provides a safe living space for up to 80 female students aged 12 to 18 on the school premises. Through education, these girls have the opportunity for self-development and self-determined lives.


Accommodation for Ukrainian Refugees

Due to the war in Ukraine, the S.OLIVER GROUP worked in close cooperation with the district office to provide accommodation for refugees from Ukraine at its headquarters. Lots of our employees lent a hand in clearing out and setting up the space, as well as providing people with first aid. The second step was to create a childcare facility for the Ukrainian children. The company hired a Ukrainian childminder for this purpose.


Our Employees Are Committed to the Cause: You Are Welcome

“You are welcome” is the name of our employee initiative, the aim of which is to show solidarity with those in need in the region of our company headquarters. A budget has been made available for this project by our management team, which the initiative is responsible for managing and uses for good causes. For example, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 we donated 10,000 garments to the Malteser relief fund in Würzburg to be distributed as needed. We also provided numerous jackets to train station missions in autumn 2020 as part of the “Donate Warmth” campaign. In 2021, more than 5,000 garments were donated to the Bavarian Red Cross (Würzburg district office) alone, which then forwarded the clothing on to refugees in Bosnia. In 2022, the S.OLIVER GROUP participated in several fundraising campaigns for refugees from Ukraine and those still living in the country by donating items of clothing.


Bernd Freier Fonds

Suddenly everything has changed from one day to the next. Difficult circumstances can affect all of us. That is why our company founder and owner set up the “Bernd Freier Funds” to enable us to provide help for our employees and their family members. The fund is open to applications from all employees who find themselves in need through no fault of their own and offers financial support in difficult life situations.