IWC Schaffhausen has long been committed to the health and wellbeing of our neighbours and to the development of a sustainable local economy.
At the heart of our commitment is a series of strong, lasting partnerships and collaborative initiatives. Locally, we support selected institutions that support children and young people in difficult circumstances; and we also have partnerships with organizations working against climate change and environmental damage
Our long-term global partnerships and commitments are:
IWC produces a unique watch design for each of these special partners, then donates a portion of the proceeds from each watch to the charity that inspired it.
Since 2005, as part of its social responsibility programme, IWC Schaffhausen has been one of the main sponsors of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which unites sport and social commitment at a high level. Laureus’s core concept is innovative and impactful: to use sport as a driver of social change.
Laureus comprises the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Together, they form the essence of Laureus, celebrating sporting excellence and harnessing the power of sport to promote social change.
IWC supports various leisure-time projects that help strengthen children’s and adolescents’ personalities, give them hope and build bridges between different cultures.
The Laureus Foundation Switzerland gives socially, economically and physically disadvantaged children and young people in Switzerland access to 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, bringing them together with other children of the same age who are not disadvantaged, and eliminating barriers and prejudice along the way. The emphasis in these projects is on sustainability, interaction with local communities and charitable actions.
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 Youth Foundation. The Foundation was set up by the heirs of this passionate and pioneering aviator to preserve his 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 has been supporting the extraordinary work of the Charles Darwin Foundation since 2009.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau is a legend. In the course of his many expeditions, he engendered love for our fragile blue planet and inspired others to help in its protection; a project that remains urgent and important enough to have been earning 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 political campaigner, his main motivation for his research expeditions was to protect and preserve the fragile equilibrium of marine ecosystems.