It was the vision and a matter of great concern to Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) – university professor and President of the United States (1912-1920) – to constructively unite scientific and political ideals and ideas. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was founded in 1968 to commemorate this vision. The Board of Trustees of the Wilson Center is made up of scientists, publishers, librarians, administrators and government officials who are appointed by the President of the United States. Once a year, the Woodrow Wilson Center presents awards in two categories to people who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to fulfilling President Wilson’s dream, the integration of politics, science and the complex idea of policy for the common good.
In 2005, Jürgen Schrempp received the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. The award recognized Schrempp, who at the time was head of the global DaimlerChrysler Group, for his commitment in the sociopolitical and social arenas. His philosophy has always been: “Wherever the company does business, it must also be a good corporate citizen.” Former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher was awarded The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service the same year.
Schrempp was always aware of his great social responsibility as head of the Daimler Group. Even in his early years in South Africa he turned his attention to the difficult political and social conditions of the apartheid society. Through these activities, DaimlerChysler AG became a pioneer in fighting AIDS. Under Schrempp’s leadership and to this day, the company has been active in social projects, in environmental protection and in promoting culture.
“WE COUNT JÜRGEN SCHREMPP AS ONE OF THE ARCHITECTS OF THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA.”
Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa
Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States, from 1913 to 1921.