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Business and Biodiversity: Testimonials

Testimonials

Harry Assenmacher, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Founder, ForestFinance

»All of our products, regardless of the investment location, have one goal in common: we are building forests, meaning sustainably managed mixed forests with all their ecosystem services for mankind, climate and nature. Our concept includes the support of biodiversity: our forests, planted on fallow land, provide new habitats for numerous animal and plant species and serve as stepping stone biotopes between natural forests.« 

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Alexander Bartelt, Head of Corporate Responsibility Strategy & CR, Hermes Logistik Gruppe Deutschland GmbH (part of Otto Group)

»We will only be able to maintain business performance if we also maintain nature’s performance. For this reason the diversity of ecosystems and species is vital for our future. Their protection needs to be better incorporated into the value chain.« 

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Dr. Christoph Beier, GIZ GmbH, Member of the Management Board

»The rural populations in our partner countries are particularly hard-hit by loss of biodiversity. For this reason, GIZ works on behalf of the German Government to implement projects in developing countries, supporting its partners in achieving the objectives set out in the Convention on Biological Diversity. Here in Germany, we also have a great responsibility to protect biological diversity. We can influence the way in which goods are produced or how much waste is created through purchasing decisions and our behaviour. Accordingly, we set great store by protecting biodiversity as part of our corporate environmental management.«

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Dr. Stefanie Eichiner, Manager Environment & Responsibility CE, UPM Paper ENA (Europe & North America), Chairwoman of the Initiative's Board

»Are you looking for practical suggestions on how your company can contribute to maintaining biological diversity or are you prepared to take on responsibility yourself? Whether it be first steps towards bringing your premises closer to nature or taking effective measures for protecting species and habitats in the value-added chain – our network makes available to you a wealth of expertise from its member companies.« 

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Anton-Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell, former CEO of Faber-Castell AG, died Jan 21, 2016

»It is a matter of great importance to me, not to economise at the expense of my successors as well as to use raw materials, which do not account for any harm of humans or nature. For myself, as an entrepreneur, it is self-evident to earn money in a decent manner. The integrity, based on values such as social and ecological responsibility, reliance, honesty and fair interaction amongst one another, can by all means be combined with a healthy striving for long-term profitability.« 

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Paul Greineder, CEO of Pharmos Natur, Green Luxury GmbH

»I am deeply convinced that responsible life as well as responsible leadership is based on the three pillars of ecology, economy and social justice and, hence, that there is a close interaction between nature and social entrepreneurship. As a responsible enterprise, we dedicate our special attention to maintain the respect of man and nature in the value creation chain.«

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Prof. Claus Hipp, Shareholder of HiPP

»The company HiPP is convinced that protecting biological diversity and the balance of nature also means an intransigent "no" to GMOs and green genetic engineering as they lead to an agriculture based on monocultures.«

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Susanne Horn, General Agent of Neumarkter Lammsbräu

»Doing business in line with nature means above all to preserve our natural sources of life. One substantial aspect hereby is the protection and preservation of biodiversity to which we are dedicated with various activities.«

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Dr Michael Rademacher – former Manager for Biodiversity & Natural Resources, HeidelbergCement

»As a company active in the building materials industry, we always strive to use mineral resources – which take millions of years to form – as efficiently as possible. When we commence quarrying operations, we place great emphasis on protecting the diversity of local plants and animals, and frequently engage with local conservation organisations. In order to share our knowledge with other companies and the public, we’re taking part in the 'Biodiversity in Good Company' initiative.«

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Yusuke Saraya, President SARAYA

»SARAYA strives to be a global citizen by example. We combine sustainability with development, contribute to biodiversity conservation in Borneo, and work to improve the hygienic conditions of the Base of Pyramid societies« 

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Winfried Schaur, Executive Vice President UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America)

»For more than 20 years biodiversity has been a core element of sustainable forestry at UPM. Our global biodiversity programme defines clear targets and best practices to maintain biodiversity in forests – both our own and those of our suppliers. This is a key factor in fulfilling our purpose, which is to create added value from renewable and recyclable raw materials. In order to promote biodiversity in the value chain, UPM is actively involved in biodiversity work as a founding and board member of the 'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative.«

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Reinhard Schneider, CEO of Werner & Mertz GmbH

»Sustainability at Werner & Mertz is not a passing trend but a long-lived company tradition. The promotion of biological diversity is therefore an essential part of our corporate strategy. With our umbrella brand Frosch we have been pursuing environmental protection and resource conservation since 1986 with product design that follows Cradle to Cradle® principles. Among other things, we have demonstrated our commitment to sustainability as a founding member of 'Biodiversity in Good Company'.« 

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Dai Shoji, President Aleph Inc.

»Food industry cannot exist without using many natural resources. So we want to serve customers with safe and healthy meals in cooperation with suppliers while having a profound understanding of soil fertility of farmland, as well as environment conditions and ecosystems that affect farming business.« 

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Peter Zens, Managing Director Gertrudenhof

»It is important for me to see the issues in the context and to bring them to the centre of society - biodiversity, agriculture, environmental education, consumption, nutrition and the handling of food« 

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