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 17,000 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 nine international companies in Austria, Belgium, 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.