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In Practice

Turning talk into action.

It’s good to talk about sus­tain­ab­il­ity. But it’s usu­ally even bet­ter to take ac­tion. That's ex­actly what we do at KAEFER by sup­port­ing and or­gan­ising di­verse ini­ti­at­ives in the eco­nomic, so­cial, en­vir­on­mental and cul­tural fields worldwide.

Our com­pany was foun­ded more than 100 years ago with the aim to re­duce the en­ergy waste in ships leav­ing from the port of Bre­men. This first guid­ing prin­ciple has in­flu­enced much of what we have accomplished in the cen­tury since, put­ting sus­tain­ab­il­ity at the heart of everything we do.

Be­low, you will experience how we put this mindset into prac­tice. Further information can also be found within KAEFER’s Sustainability Report as well as on the pages of the KAEFER FOUNDATION.

Francisca Gorgodian

Francisca Gorgodian

Corporate Responsibility & Communication

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Projects & Initiatives

 
World Environment Day 2020

World Environment Day

Since 1972 the World Environment Day has been held on 5 June. On this day, people of all origins, beliefs and ages on all continents set a common signal for a resource-saving approach to our planet. At KAEFER, we celebrate this day every year by initiating different activities such as seedling planting, awareness raising campaigns or environmental quizzes.

Beach clean-up in Australia

Beach clean-up campaign at KAEFER in Australia

During a job site toolbox meeting in 2020, the local KAEFER team noticed waste on a nearby beach that had been washed up. With an enthusiastic crew, 14 bags of waste collected and disposed correctly. The waste consisted mainly of plastic bottles and old fishing lines

City-cleaning campaign

City-cleaning campaign in Germany

Since 2019, KAEFER supports a local campaign in Bremen, Germany drawing attention to the fact that often waste is not disposed properly. Due to the tremendous increase of rubbish that is dumped carelessly, the initiative aims to raise the awareness and inform about the environmental impact.

Supporting people in need in times of COVID-19

Supporting people in need in times of COVID-19

During the global pandemic, KAEFER colleagues all over the world were trying to help people affected the most by the crisis. RIP, KAEFER’s entity in Brazil, provided cleaning and disinfection services for a local hospital and the colleagues in Spain supported a medical center with protective equipment. In South Africa, food parcels and community masks were distributed and KAEFER WANNER in France started to produce protective masks in their own workshop, donating them for a good cause. Also, the KAEFER FOUNDATION got involved in order to help: Link

Wind turbine in Jarrow

KAEFER office in the UK runs with renewable energy

In Septem­ber 2012, two wind-driven tur­bines were in­stalled at the Jar­row of­fice in the UK. The tur­bines are cap­able of pro­du­cing 15 kilo­watts each and stand out from other small-scale wind tur­bines due to their unique blade and hinge design, which al­lows them to reg­u­late their ro­ta­tional speed and there­fore max­im­ise their out­put.

They not only sup­ply suf­fi­cient en­ergy to power both the of­fice block and the pro­duc­tion work­shop, but also enough so there is some left over. This ex­cess elec­tri­city can be sold to the na­tional power grid in the UK.

Pink October in Brazil

Pink October & Blue November

KAEFER in Brazil, through its sub­si­di­ary RIP Ser­vi­cios In­dus­tri­ais, plays an act­ive role in the world­wide “Pink Oc­to­ber” and “Blue Novem­ber” cam­paigns, de­signed to raise aware­ness of breast can­cer and pro­state can­cer re­spect­ively.

Both forms of can­cer are com­mon, but re­spons­ive to treat­ment if dia­gnosed early enough. The cam­paigns em­phas­ise the po­ten­tially life-sav­ing im­port­ance of reg­u­lar self-ex­am­in­a­tions and vis­its to the doc­tor.

KAEFER apprentices in South Africa

KAEFER ap­pren­tices: seiz­ing op­por­tun­it­ies at home and far afield

Dur­ing the last years KAEFER and the Sport­garten e.V. in Bre­men con­tin­ued their long-stand­ing col­lab­or­a­tion. Every year, two ap­pren­tices from KAEFER in Bre­men go to South Africa to im­merse them­selves into the work and home life of a so­cial pro­ject in the Durban area. It is a schol­ar­ship from the Sport­garten in Bre­men in­ co­oper­a­tion with the Carl Duis­berg Gesell­schaft, the Deutsche Gesell­schaft für In­ter­na­tionale Zusammen­arbeit (GIZ) and the Ver­ein Part­ner­schaft-Bre­men-Durban.

Dur­ing their time in South Africa, they usu­ally help in re­fur­bish­ing pro­jects, e.g. in­stalling run­ning wa­ter pipes, build­ing school equip­ment from metal or up­grad­ing san­it­ary fa­cil­it­ies.

Running for the good cause

Running for the good cause

Every year, the KAEFER Running Team successfully participates in various fundraising runs in order to promote team spirit, solidarity and show their support for people in need. In 2019, money was raised for various charitable causes, from allowing people living with a mental disability to experience the joy of sport, a young Peruvian athlete to pursue her goals, to exercise and sports facilities, for people suffering from cancer and a wells project in Uganda. In 2020, the Venuslauf even became a successful global event, supported by the KAEFER FOUNDATION.

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

KAEFER has been sup­port­ing the Deutsche Kam­merphil­har­monie Bre­men for sev­eral years now - a world fam­ous or­ches­tra with a unique so­cial en­gage­ment. Ori­gin­ally, it was foun­ded by young mu­sic stu­dents and is now or­gan­ised as a com­pany. The or­ches­tra’s re­hearsal rooms are situ­ated in a school in Bre­men, where chil­dren from many dif­fer­ent cul­tures and some­times dif­fi­cult so­cial back­grounds are attending. There­fore, in­teg­ra­tion is a very im­port­ant is­sue. Mu­sic is a good way of pro­mot­ing a close re­la­tion­ship to the pu­pils and en­cour­aging a lively ex­change of ideas.

Kunsthalle Bremen

Kunsthalle Bremen

KAEFER also sup­ports the “Kun­sthalle” (art mu­seum) in Bre­men, Germany which offers on-site pro­jects and work­shops for chil­dren, the eld­erly and other cit­izens that are not able to visit the mu­seum.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October. In order to raise the awareness for this important topic, KAEFER entities worldwide participate with different initiatives, e.g. colleagues on different site organise sessions where they discuss mental health in the workplace.