IWC Schaffhausen has a corporate philosophy that embraces environmental responsibility and social commitment. We work to promote the health and well-being of our people as well as sustainable local economic development. This way of thinking has resulted in several long-term partnerships and commitments worldwide. On the one hand, we support selected institutions that exist to help children and adolescents growing up in difficult circumstances; on the other, we establish partnerships with organizations working against climate change and environmental damage.
Our long-term global partnerships and commitments are:
Parallel to these joint efforts, IWC launches special editions of its watches that refer specifically to current projects. These watches act not only as ambassadors for good causes: a portion of the proceeds from their sale also make a welcome financial contribution to the activities of the foundations in question.
Since 2005, as part of its social responsibility, IWC Schaffhausen has been one of the main sponsors of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, an organization that brings together top-flight sport and social commitment at a high level.
Laureus comprises the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Collectively, these three elements form the essence of Laureus, harnessing the power of sport to promote social change and celebrating sporting excellence.
Laureus’ core concept is simple, brilliant and daunting: to create global awards that recognize the achievements of today’s sports heroes; to bring sportspeople together, united in achievement but divided by sporting code; and then, once that community is brought together, to put their reach and the support and investment of Laureus’ Founding Patrons and Partners to work by supporting a message which can help social projects around the world that use sport as a tool for social change. That message, simply, is Laureus Sport for Good.
IWC supports various leisure-time projects that help strengthen children’s and adolescents’ personalities, give them hope and build bridges that bring different cultures together.
The Laureus Foundation Switzerland gives socially, economically and physically disadvantaged children and young people in Switzerland access to selected leisure-time activities that build their self-confidence and promote social integration. Contact with others, common experience and mutual successes enrich them and improve their prospects. The Foundation’s sporting activities give handicapped children a stronger sense of self-esteem and bring them together with other children of the same age who are not disadvantaged, eliminating barriers and prejudice in the process. The emphasis in these projects is on sustainability, interaction with local communities and charitable actions.
The Foundation firmly believes that sport makes it easier for different cultures to meet on an amicable footing and reduces prejudice, and that an active lifestyle opens up new perspectives for young people. Numerous well-known sportsmen and women, as well as much-respected personalities from culture and business, work on an honorary basis for the Laureus Foundation Switzerland and, through their involvement, draw attention to the problems some of these young people have to cope with.
Aviation pioneer and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a legend in his own lifetime. In 2005 IWC Schaffhausen, which had a long tradition of making Pilot’s Watches, sealed its partnership with the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – d’Agay Foundation. The heirs of the man who was so passionate about flying established the society to preserve the great adventurer’s spiritual legacy. IWC’s cooperation also extends to its charitable arm, which works under the name of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation to ensure that the famous Frenchman’s humanist ideas remain alive.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry dedicated almost his entire life to flying but secured his place in the hearts of a worldwide readership as the author of “The Little Prince”, “Southern Mail” and “Night Flight”.
Olivier d’Agay, a great-nephew of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, works to keep the legacy of the great adventurer and author alive. His Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – d’Agay Foundation manages the great Frenchman’s spiritual bequest. IWC’s partnership is a wonderful homage to flying and at the same time a tribute to a Pilot’s Watch tradition going back more than 70 years.
The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) is an international non-profit organization that provides scientific knowledge and technical assistance to ensure the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Founded under the auspices of UNESCO, the Charles Darwin Foundation has studied the fragile Galapagos biotope since 1959 and is the leading scientific adviser to the Ecuadorean Government on the preservation of this stunning archipelago and first natural World Heritage Site. When something as irretrievable as the Galapagos is under threat, it is a matter of concern to us all. That is why IWC Schaffhausen is proud to support the extraordinary work of the Charles Darwin Foundation since 2009.
Unique and mysterious, the landscape of the Galapagos alone is enthralling. The coastal terrain of blackened lava fields and bare, scorched slopes host cacti, muyuyo and fragrant sandalwood trees. In the highlands, the climate is moist and cool, shrouding the peaks in soft mist.
These volcanic islands were spewed from the submarine depths of the Pacific some four million years ago and have never been linked to the South American continent. Nearly 1,000 kilometres separate them from the mainland. Their extraordinary fauna arrived by arduous journeys, mostly not of their choosing. And it was anything but a soft landing: the jagged lava demanded major feats of adaptation from survivors of the long passage by air or via cold oceanic currents. Those that made it became specialists in adapting to this breathtaking yet hostile environment.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau is a legend. One of the objectives of his expeditions was to inspire love for our fragile blue planet. A second objective was his scientific work. His lifework engenders a deep respect for marine life and the willingness to help protect it. This need to protect endangered species is just as relevant today as it ever was and has the unrestricted support of IWC since 2004.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a passionate engineer, inventor, researcher and film-maker. He devoted his entire life to the fascinating world of the deep sea. As the leader of major diving expeditions and a tireless campaigner on a political level, his main motivation for his research expeditions was to protect and preserve the fragile equilibrium of marine ecosystems.
Dedicated to helping ordinary people to discover, understand and love their blue planet, Jacques-Yves Cousteau produced more than 120 movies, wrote numerous books, published articles in hundreds of magazines and invented or improved a vast range of scientific equipment. Instantly recognizable by his red cap and gaunt silhouette, Cousteau was co-inventor of the aqualung, which enabled divers to explore ocean depths for extended periods and opened a window to an entire world then virtually unknown to humankind.