Turning talk into action.
It’s fine to talk about sustainability. But it’s usually 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.
Our company was founded 100 years ago to reduce the energy waste of ships leaving from the port of Bremen. This first guiding principle has influenced much of what we have done in the century since, putting sustainability at the heart of everything we do.
Our three core principles are:
- To care for the health and safety of our people and our environment.
- To base our long-term client relationships and profitability on excellence in quality and continuous process improvement.
- To respect cultural differences and promote value-based, entrepreneurial leadership.
These ideals guide us in every sustainability initiative we take part in. Below, you will see how we put them into practice.
PROJECTS & INITIATIVES AT KAEFER S.A.
Fruit orchard for children from SOS Children's Villages
KAEFER S.A. in Poland traditionally organises CSR activities for institutions and organisations in need of support as part of its annual integration meeting.
The employees of KAEFER S.A. always try to make sure that their help is in line with the real needs of the supported organisations and that the trace of KAEFER S.A. remains for longer, not only in the memory of the beneficiaries. This time they decided to work for Stowarzyszenie SOS Wioski Dziecięce (SOS Children's Villages Association).
SOS Wioski Dziecięce (SOS Children's Villages) are the housing developments of 12-14 houses. Each house is inhabited by an SOS Family, which consists of SOS Parents (a married couple or a single person) and 6-8 children entrusted to their care, who could not be looked after by biological parents. The SOS Parents take care of upbringing, health and education of the children. Every child in the SOS Family grows up feeling loved and secure.
The aim of KAEFER S.A. this year was to create fruit orchards in the SOS Villages. The employees took part in a specially organised Walkathon, which ended with handing over 100 fruit tree cuttings for the 100th anniversary of KAEFER to the representatives of the association.
Donation campaign for children from the children’s home in Brodnica
On 15th September 2017 KAEFER S.A. were honoured to host children from the children’s home in Brodnica.
KAEFER invited their guests to take part in a tournament organised as a picnic in the open air, whereas each of the teams participated in a range of matches. The competitions included changing wheels on a car, testing the own skills at a climbing wall, archery, playing
MegaJenga, driving ATV quads, and riding Segways. The children’s home team beat every other team and won the main prize! Apart from medals, diplomas and sweets, KAEFER provided the children with fully equipped school backpacks and many other accessories which are necessary for the everyday school life.
CSR activities for the Foundation for Development of Children and Teenagers
On 16th September 2016, our colleagues at KAEFER S.A., TERMOKOR KAEFER and WIEZAT in Poland took part in some CSR activities. The Foundation for Development of Children and Teenagers „OTWARCIE“ focuses on helping disabled children and teenagers. Due to our close relationship with „OTWARCIE“, our colleagues hand-made some tables, chairs as well as worktops, which are intended to be equipped in the Foundation’s community centre.
Additionally, a specialised bicycle has been purchased and assembled for one of the foundation's pupils, which will serve for daily physical stimulation. At the end of the day, all of the assembled furniture items were handed over to the Foundation's representatives. The bicycle was given to the boy and his parents.
Activities for the protection of wild bees
In September 2015 KAEFER S.A. took steps to rebuild the population of the wild honey bee in Poland - one of the native and oldest bee breeds in Poland (the Augustinian line of the Central European bee), keeping its original wilderness, resistance to climate change and diligence in the forest benefits. As part of our activities we had a unique opportunity to listen to a mini-lecture by the President of the Foundation Bartne Brotherhood, Mr. Piotr Piłasiewicz, on the long history of the bee-keeping in Poland, the rich and long-standing traditions of the so-called Republic of bee-keeping, as well as on the reason of the disappearance of this profession as a result of the partitions of Poland and administrative activities of new authorities in the past. Our activities consisted in the construction of wild beehive logs, which were placed in the stayed in the Augustów Forest in the hope that they would settle there another swarm of bees. In total we managed to prepare as many as 10 logs.
More information on the Foundation's activities can be found at www.bartnictwo.com
PROJECTS & INITIATIVES AT KAEFER GROUP
KAEFER AIDS Relief Programme (KARP)
In 2007 the KAEFER AIDS Relief Programme was initiated by KAEFER Thermal in South Africa as a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ. Now KAEFER has taken KARP on independently.
The key element of the project is the VCT (Voluntary Counselling and HIV Testing). It is vital that people know their status. The VCT process at KAEFER is in line with the national Department of Health guidelines. It includes basic information on HIV and AIDS and pre-test counselling, the HIV testing itself as well as a post-test counselling. VCT is being conducted at all KAEFER Thermal sites at least twice a year, with some sites having an uptake rate close to 100%.
Peer education, which means education on the job, is also a fundamental approach to KARP. The word “peer” emphasises the concept of equality. KAEFER has trained 21 Peer Educators who are responsible for implementing the information and awareness activities within KARP.
KARP also strongly focuses on formal training. For the programme to succeed, a basic level of knowledge and understanding is essential. The training covers the key areas: Basic information on HIV and AIDS / Managing HIV and AIDS in the workplace / Implementing the KAEFER Thermal HIV and AIDS policy / Organising the responsibilities within each level of management
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 taught. Therefore, integration is an important issue. Music is a good way of promoting a close relationship to the pupils and encouraging a lively exchange of ideas.
KAEFER also supports the “Kunsthalle” (art museum) in Bremen by providing a Minivan, which enables the “Kunsthalle” to run projects and workshops for children, the elderly and other citizens that are not able to visit the museum.
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 these 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.
Nelson Mandela Day in South Africa
Nelson Mandela had three values by which he lived: free yourself, free others and serve every day. It is in this spirit that Nelson Mandela Day was born.
On 18 July, a day that commemorates these values and allows each individual the chance to do something worthy for someone else, employees of KAEFER Thermal in South Africa usually come together and dedicate 67 mintues to changing the world for the better; one minute representing every year that Mandela devoted to public service and social justice. During the last years they donated children’s clothing and toys or support community homes by donating blankets, socks as well as a delicious treat for their morning tea.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
KAEFER offices in the UK run with renewable energy
In September 2012, two wind-driven turbines were installed at our our 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 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. It is estimated that the turbines will require about seven years to recover their initial outlay.
Advent calendar for the good cause 2016 at KAEFER Headquarters
For the sixth year in a row, during the month of December 2016, the KAEFER Headquarters building in Bremen, Germany magically transformed into an advent calendar!
Each of the 24 windows on the front of the building contained a large red package with a number attached and every morning a different department had the opportunity to open the parcel for the day. Unlike a normal advent calendar consisting of sweets, chocolate or small gifts, our very own one follows the KAEFER way of sustainability and social responsibility. Underneath each parcel was a letter, telling that a certain amount of money had been donated to a local charity, good-cause or initiative. This means that 24 different welfare organisations in Bremen were supported by KAEFER.