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2021

Customer information - potential security vulnerability "log4j"

Dear user!  

The German Federal Office for Information Security is currently warning of a critical security vulnerability in software products. The vulnerability affects the widely used Java library log4j and allows complete system takeover from outside in the event of damage.  

Currently there is no danger for you and your data. After the vulnerability became known, we initiated all necessary measures to secure our products and IT-systems. At the present time, no unauthorised access or leakage of customer data could be detected.  

You do not need to take any action at the moment, we will take care of closing the security gap.  

Thank you for your understanding!  

Haufe Group

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2021

Haufe Group honors students and doctoral candidates from Freiburg

At the opening of the academic year at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg on October 20, 2021, the young talent award Rudolf-Haufe was awarded for the 19th time. This year, two doctoral students share the prize: Dr. Philipp Pordzik and Dr. Fabian Peters were honored for their achievements during the ceremony in Freiburg's Paulussaal.

In his dissertation "Transsubjective Tort Liability for Human Rights Violations" (Faculty of Law, Prof. Lieder), award winner Dr. Philipp Pordzik addresses a highly topical issue with particular practical relevance: tortious corporate liability based on human rights violations along global value chains. The public debate about this is vehement.

In his dissertation "Kirchenmitgliedschaft und Kirchensteuer - Sieben Essays zur empirischen Evidenz" (Faculty of Economics and Behavioral Sciences, Prof. Raffelhüschen), award winner Dr. Fabian Peters deals with the revenue of future church taxes. The estimates are of high practical relevance in terms of future planning and budgeting.

The Rudolf Haufe Award annually honors outstanding scientific achievements of particular practical relevance and is endowed with a total of 5,000 euros. The Haufe Group promotes practice-oriented science at the University of Freiburg and has been awarding the prize since 2002. It honors work in the field of economics or law related to tax and business law.

The FUTURE project (Freiburg University Education on Technology and Law) of the Institute for Business Law, Labor and Social Law (Dept. I: Business Law) of the Faculty of Law at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg prepares students for the challenges and opportunities of digitalization for law. Three core courses teach basic skills in programming ("Coding for Lawyers"), an understanding of modern artificial intelligence techniques, and the requirements of current law for the development and use of legal tech.

The Haufe Group is a cooperation partner and supports the FUTURE project with 5,000 euros for two semesters and prizes for a programming competition in the amount of 700 euros. The challenge in this competition was to develop a tool in the Python programming language that would make Corona's everyday life easier for users. The task touched on the working reality of the Haufe Group, where it is "highly important to solve legally complex issues with intelligent software in such a way that users can call up the right information with legal certainty or are offered the appropriate solution to their problem directly," says Jürgen Thoman, Head of Editorial Department at the Haufe Group.

from left to right: Erik Lauer, Carolin Rachor, Jonathan Kau


Of the 30 participants, three received awards for their program:

Jonathan Kau took first place with his software "Corona Center" - the program provides the applicable Corona key figures and regulations by entering the postal code. Carolin Rachor was awarded second place. Her program "Claro Caro" reliably prepares the current Corona key figures from various data sources for the state of Hesse. Erik Lauer's "Covibot" was awarded third prize. His chatbot provides legally compliant answers to simple queries in dialog form.

Picture above: from left to right Miron Schneckenberger (Haufe Group), Dr. Philipp Pordzik (award winner), Dr. Fabian Peters (award winner), Prof. Dr. Kerstin Krieglstein Rector of the University of Freiburg, Iris Bode (Haufe Group). (Photo: University of Freiburg / Jörg Blum)

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2021

Haufe Group: Freiburg artist visualizes working world of the future

A 30-square-meter street art exhibit by artist Tom Brane now adorns the large construction site at the Haufe Group headquarters in Freiburg's Haid district. The well-known illustrator has scenically depicted the work and creative interaction at the group's new headquarters. On an area of more than 10,000 square meters, modern working environments with space for exchange and collaboration as well as numerous new workplaces will be created in the coming months.

Tom Brane: "With this artwork, I have dedicated myself to a subject area that is new to me. The challenge of creatively shaping 'working in the future' for the Haufe Group and contributing my artistic perspective on this topic was a great experience through which I was able to learn a lot of new things. It's a wonderful fit, because lifelong learning is also one of the basic motifs of the Haufe Group."

With the extraordinary art installation, the Freiburg-based company invites interested talents and experts to help shape the further development of the Haufe Group as a modern technology, media and training company and to apply for one of the numerous open positions. In the course of the new building, the Haufe Group will create around 100 new jobs per year in order to meet the growing market requirements. The company currently employs over 1,400 people at its Freiburg site.

"Despite all mobile flexibility, we believe that personal encounters remain important. We feel and experience the desire for this every day," says Birte Hackenjos, CEO of the Haufe Group. "The new building on our campus will open up even more space for creative exchange and collaboration in the future."

The new Haufe Group building is scheduled for completion by early 2023 and will provide space for around 400 employees. Among other things, the new, energy-efficient building will have a photovoltaic system and charging stations for electric cars and bicycles. Certification by the German Sustainable Building Council is also being sought.

Information on current job vacancies and the progress of the new building can be found here: https://neubau.haufegroup.com/

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2021

Haufe Group continues to grow

The Haufe Group has successfully concluded its 2020/21 financial year. The audited annual financial statements show revenues of EUR 377 million. Mainly due to the sale of Haufe Discovery in Leipzig, revenues decreased slightly by about four percent compared to the previous year (2019/20: EUR 393 million).

The main drivers of the good entrepreneurial development in the second year of the Corona crisis were primarily cloud-based solutions, but also the development of learning and further education offerings. Haufe Akademie proved its digital pioneering role, as in addition to the gradual return to on-site events, live online and hybrid formats in particular were made available quickly.

"Our established business models remain stable and successful. This solid foundation enables us to invest in new initiatives in a targeted manner and, in particular, to continuously expand our digital business," says Birte Hackenjos, CEO of the Haufe Group, adding: "I expect that the positive trend we see in both our existing business and innovation projects will continue in this financial year and that we will be able to realise further potential for profitable growth and entrepreneurial success."

The Haufe Group includes strong product brands such as Haufe Akademie, Lexware, Smartsteuer, Schäffer-Poeschel and Semigator. The group of companies currently employs around 2,100 people at 21 locations in Germany and abroad.

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2021

Joachim Rotzinger leaves the Haufe Group

The Haufe Group and its Managing Director Joachim Rotzinger, 53, are ending their many years of successful cooperation by best mutual agreement. The head of the business group "Corporations" is leaving the group of companies at his own request after twenty successful years in order to take on new tasks.


Rotzinger joined the former Rudolf Haufe Verlag in 2001 and was appointed Managing Director of Haufe-Lexware in 2010. Together with Hansjörg Fetzer, he is currently responsible for the "Corporations" business group, which includes the activities of Haufe HR Services, Haufe Talent and the Haufe Akademie.


Birte Hackenjos, CEO of the Haufe Group: "I would like to thank Joachim very much for his work and the many years of trustful cooperation. He has played a major role in our successful strategic transformation and the associated development into a digital pioneer. I very much regret his departure and wish him nothing but the very best for his professional and private future.

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2021

Haufe Group team wins Freiburg Hackathon 2021

"FreiburgArt" enables its users to navigate to artworks in their vicinity, retrieve information and 3D representations, and post ratings. In this way, the numerous works of art in public space are not only made visible and tangible, but also accessible.

"An excellent implementation of digital possibilities in the art and culture sector, which not only makes a great first impression visually, but also technically," the jurors found. The team now has the chance to further develop its prototype in the Sandbox Accelerator. This is a four-month accelerator program for business ideas from the media, design and software sectors in Stuttgart.

As part of the BZ Media Award, the Haufe Group team and their app "FreiburgArt" will also be presented in more detail in the Badische Zeitung.

The Hackathon Freiburg took place for the seventh time this year. The collaborative team event is a competition of different disciplines, where special thematic challenges have to be mastered with innovative ideas. This year, the focus was on the field of art & culture.

More information about the project and the Freiburg Hackathon 2021:

FreiburgArt | Devpost as well as on YouTube Freiburg Art - Hackathon 2021Kunst und Kultur - YouTube and HERE.

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06
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2021

Haufe Group supports Digitaltag 2021

In the form of a nationwide day of action, Digitaltag on June 18, 2021, makes digitization tangible and thus promotes awareness of digital competence. As a family-owned company that has been actively promoting digital transformation for years, the Haufe Group supports this initiative and is a partner of the regional Digitaltag Freiburg edition.

The Haufe Group is represented at the Freiburg Digitaltag with its own program contribution and, with Christian Friedrich, Managing Director of Digital Learning Solutions at the Haufe Akademie, provides one of the five participants in the panel "Digital Transformation & Working World". At the Hackathon Freiburg, which will also take place from June 18 to 20 as part of the Digitaltag, a dedicated Haufe team will be working on challenges for the digital arts and culture sector. The Haufe Group is also a sponsor of the event.

With its commitment, the Haufe Group promotes digital togetherness and supports an active shaping of digitalization. "Digitization does not simply happen on an island, but affects us all. It is successful above all when everyone is informed and has access. Only on this basis can we jointly exploit the potential and opportunities of digitization," says CEO Birte Hackenjos, explaining the motivation behind the Haufe Group's commitment.

All activities of the Haufe Group in the context of the Digitaltag Freiburg on June18, 2021 at a glance:

Haufe Group's contribution to the Digitaltag program

"Get Fit for the Future! Lifelong Learning in Digital Times" with Christian Friedrich, Managing Director of Digital Learning Solutions at Haufe Akademie, a Haufe Group company.

Impulse lecture followed by an exchange, 1 - 2 pm. Free participation for all interested parties.  Registration here.

Participation of Christian Friedrich in the panel "Digital Transformation & Working World".

Implementers from business and administration as well as organizational facilitators discuss the opportunities of digitization for shaping the working world of tomorrow, 11-12. Free participation for all interested parties.  

More information can be found here.

Hackathon Freiburg June 18 - 20, 2021

The Haufe Group is a sponsor and sends its own Haufe team.  

All info can be found here.

About Digital Day:

The nationwide Digitaltag will take place for the second time in 2021. Initiated by the "Digital for All" initiative, an alliance of 27 organizations, it invites all citizens to shed light on various aspects of digitization, discuss opportunities and challenges together, and initiate a broad social dialog. As a regional edition of this nationwide day of action, Digitaltag Freiburg is taking place for the first time this year. Various companies, institutions, associations, initiatives, public actors and personalities from the region will be hosting the day with diverse contributions and formats. With a variety of topics - from digital education to the working worlds of the future to smart cities - Digitaltag Freiburg offers a broad and exciting program.  

 

Further information is available on the website of the nationwide Digitaltag and the Freiburg Digitaltag.

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12
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2020

Haufe Appoints Christian Garrels as Director of Communications

Freiburg, December 15, 2020 – In its efforts to restructure corporate communications, Haufe Group SE has appointed Christian Garrels as Director of Branding, Communications and Sustainability. Garrels is 45 years old and will start his new position at the Freiburg based company on January 1, 2021 reporting to CEO Birte Hackenjos.

His upcoming tasks include internal and external company communications, corporate branding as well as the areas of sustainability and stakeholders’ interests. The new position was created to achieve a higher level of relevance and effectiveness of all communicative activities at Haufe going forward.

Birte Hackenjos, CEO of Haufe Group SE, says, "Christian Garrels is an extremely adept, highly qualified communications expert with many years of experience in the media, technology, and mobility business. Given his extraordinary expertise, he will assist us in repositioning Haufe Group both in terms of strategic brand leadership as well as in all matters concerning the latest, fully integrated 360° communication channels."

Over the past, Christian Garrels has held different leadership positions, e.g., at ADAC (Europe’s largest motoring association, based in Germany), the publishing house Axel Springer and mass media company ProSiebenSat.1. Most recently, he worked as an independent corporate and communications consultant.

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2020

Haufe Group Sells Haufe Discovery to A. Stein’sche Mediengruppe

Freiburg, Leipzig, Werl, November 13, 2020. Strategic focusing for the Haufe brand has resulted in Haufe Group’s sale of its subsidiary Haufe Discovery to A. Stein’sche Mediengruppe with effect from January 1, 2021. The 45 jobs in Leipzig are to be preserved, and the creation of new positions is anticipated.

Haufe Discovery was founded in 1991 as LSL Literatur Service Leipzig and has been part of Haufe Group since 2011. It covers the area of analog and digital procurement and use of specialist media in businesses, universities, and the public sector. With the sale of Haufe Discovery, Haufe Group is fine-tuning its portfolio for the Haufe brand as Germany’s leading provider of digital workplace solutions and services, and as a key player in the field of training and professional development.

Focus on workplacesolutions for shaping the future of companies

Looking back on the past years, Joachim Rotzinger, managing director Haufe-Lexware GmbH & Co. KG, a Haufe Group company, says: “We could see that, with our engagement in Haufe Discovery, we could not meet our ambitious targets. Our strategic investments must make a lasting contribution to Haufe Group as a whole.” Birte Hackenjos, CEO Haufe Group, is convinced that Haufe Discovery’s business has potential in a compatible enterprise environment, which is why the sale to A.Stein’sche Mediengruppe is a meaningful decision for all the parties involved. Rotzinger and Hackenjos would like to thank all the Haufe Discovery employees for their dedication within Haufe Group.

An old new name: LSL Literaturservice Stein Leipzig

A. Stein’sche Mediengruppe will assume leadership of Haufe Discovery on January 1, 2021. Haufe Discovery, based in Leipzig, is an excellent fit for the family-owned enterprise from the town of Werl, in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which has developed into an international specialist and retail bookseller since its foundation in 1713.

Haufe Discovery will trade as LSL Literaturservice Stein Leipzig, a new interpretation of its old, tried-and-true name. Alexander Stein, managing partner of A. Stein’sche Mediengruppe, will be the managing director. Claudia Hammer and Mirza Hayit will leave their posts as directors on December 31, 2020.

The offices in Leipzig and Boston are to be retained. The 45 jobs will be preserved, too. The business area will be expanded within A. Stein’sche Mediengruppe, which operates in Germany and internationally. “Now in our ninth generation, we have remained true to our company motto ‘do not go back, go ahead’ since 1713 and we look forward to a successful 2021 together with Haufe Discovery. We are convinced that the high level of digitalization that we already offer our customers can be combined with the wide-ranging expertise of Haufe Discovery, and will result in successful synergies. We are driven by our desire to further develop digital solutions, expand collaboration with our current suppliers, and acquire new ones – so that we, as an independent specialist media provider – can continue to be a reliable partner for our customers and suppliers,” says Alexander Stein, managing partner of A. Stein’sche Mediengruppe.

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2020

New Managing Director in the Editorial Department at Haufe Group

On November 1, 2020, Iris Bode will assume leadership of Haufe Group’s Editorial Department, Publishing, and Book Trade Sales in her capacity as new business unit director. Furthermore, she will become managing director of Haufe-Lexware GmbH & Co. KG, a Haufe Group company. She takes over from Sandra Dittert, who left Haufe Group at the end of June.

Iris Bode has many years of management experience at Axel Springer, the FAZ newspaper, and the Handelsblatt newspaper. Her past work has centered on the transformation process from print to digital in varying contexts, as well as on the management of customer-centric product and service strategies for numerous target groups. Most recently, she worked as an HR consultant in the field of executive search, across industries and with a focus on digital transformation.

“With Iris Bode, we are pleased to have found a dynamic leader from the media industry,” says Birte Hackenjos, CEO Haufe Group. “Thanks to her many years of experience, she will contribute significantly to innovation, growth, and an increase in the efficiency of the company.”

In her new function, Iris Bode will have managerial responsibility for the company’s publishing business, as well as being responsible for the content value creation of publishing in all business groups within Haufe Group.

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