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SUSTAINABILITY HAS MANY ASPECTS AND EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN DEFINITION OF WHAT MATTERS MOST TO THEM. WHAT PRIORITIES HAVE THE JUNIOR EXECUTIVES AND “YOUNG & WILD ONES“ SET, WHY DOES THE BLANC & FISCHER FAMILY HOLDING NEEDS TO BECOME MORE SUSTAINABLE, AND WHAT IS ALREADY BEING DONE TO ACHIEVE THIS?

JAN ELSKAMP 

Manager | Head of Product
Management Accessories


BLANCO GmbH & Co. KG, Oberderdingen

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO WORK FOR THE BLANC & FISCHER FAMILY HOLDING?

The Group has a great and promising future – being part of this story motivates me!

WHY IS SUSTAINABILITY SO IMPORTANT FOR THE COMPANY?
That’s simple: Because these days you just can’t do without it!
HOW DO THE TRIPLE P FOCUS AREAS AFFECT YOUR DAY-TODAY WORK?
They are becoming more important every day. Colleagues and managers are increasingly taking the issues into account when evaluating new product potential. This automatically leads to a stronger focus on sustainability aspects.
THE FAMILY HOLDING IS TAKING ON MORE AND MORE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU AND THE COMPANY?
It’s becoming increasingly important. This is also reflected in public activities such as the tree planting campaign in Oberderdingen or the option of leasing company bicycles.
COVID-19 IS STILL KEEPING US ON OUR TOES. WHAT DID YOUR EMPLOYER DO DURING THE CRISIS?
Prompt and appropriate measures were taken by the management of all Holding companies, which greatly contributed to safeguarding the health of all our colleagues as well as our production results.

COLLEAGUES AND MANAGERS ARE INCREASINGLY TAKING THE ISSUES INTO ACCOUNT WHEN EVALUATING NEW PRODUCT POTENTIAL.

MARIO DOMINOVIC

General Manager

E.G.O. Austria Elektrogeräte
Ges.m.b.H., Heinfels

WHY IS SUSTAINABILITY SO IMPORTANT FOR THE COMPANY?
First of all, sustainability is gaining importance in the global economy and is thus becoming essential for a company that operates internationally. And, secondly, I want my children to have a sustainable future.
WHAT MAKES BEING PART OF THE BLANC & FISCHER-GROUP SO SPECIAL?
The sense of being part of a strong community
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE 3PS? 
PERFORMANCE—ideal use of existing resources.
PLANET—conscious perception of change. We have only one planet earth.
PEOPLE—change is impossible without the human element. Sustainability requires us all to understand what we’re doing. 
 
HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE TO MORE SUSTAINABILITY?
E.G.O. Austria enjoys the privilege of being located in an exceptional natural environment. We would like to move forward in harmony with this environment and support the corporate goals that have been set on the path to becoming carbon-neutral.
FOR ME, A HEALTHY WORKING ENVIRONMENT MEANS…
… having the opportunity to make changes and to allow change to happen.
HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE TO A MORE DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT?
By giving people the opportunity to actively contribute their ideas and making sure they are heard.
COVID-19 IS STILL KEEPING US ON OUR TOES. WHAT DID YOUR EMPLOYER DO DURING THE CRISIS?
The problem was taken seriously from the outset and a plan was set up to protect the workforce.

THE SENSE OF BEING PART OF A STRONG COMMUNITY.

PATRICK PFEIL

Senior Manager | Head of Tools | Processes | Controlling Support
E.G.O. Elektro-Gerätebau GmbH, Oberderdingen

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO WORK FOR THE BLANC & FISCHER FAMILY HOLDING?
Its regional roots, coupled with the Group’s international orientation, and the fact that it still cares about the values typical of a family business.
SUSTAINABILITY IS VERY MULTIFACETED—
WHAT DO YOU ASSOCIATE WITH THE TERM IN YOUR EVERYDAY WORK?
In my day-to-day working life, I always look for things that advance E.G.O. as a whole. These can be many different things, from improving a process or saving energy to avoiding waste or even the targeted promotion of employees.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE 3PS?
PERFORMANCE—consistent pursuit of a growth strategy, which also means investing in the future of the company.
PLANET—conscious use of resources, often by being more mindful of the little things in everyday life.
PEOPLE—giving individuals the chance to develop and grow. Promoting and recognizing employees.
HOW ARE YOU HELPING THE BLANC FISCHER FAMILY HOLDING TO BECOME MORE SUSTAINABLE?
By raising awareness and leading by example.
THIS PAST YEAR WAS STRONGLY INFLUENCED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS. HOW DID THIS AFFECT YOUR WORK?
Thanks to the digital tools we have available, it was surprisingly manageable despite the situation. However, my team and I have learned that we need to make more time for each other to compensate for the physical separation.

BEING MORE MINDFUL OF THE LITTLE THINGS IN EVERYDAY LIFE.

MARY CATE ROBISH

Quality Manager
E.G.O. North America Inc,. Newnan

WHY IS SUSTAINABILITY SO IMPORTANT FOR THE COMPANY?
The reality is that resources are finite, and we must do our part to conserve them. This helps to ensure that we leave behind a healthy planet for future generations.
SUSTAINABILITY IS VERY MULTIFACETED—WHAT DO YOU ASSOCIATE WITH THE TERM IN YOUR EVERYDAY WORK?
The best way I can directly influence our overarching sustainability strategy is through quality-based waste reduction. Our team must stay focused on manufacturing a high-quality product; not only for financial reasons but also to reduce the amount of components that end up in our landfills and recycling yards.
FOR ME, A HEALTHY WORKING ENVIRONMENT MEANS…
… that people work safely and ethically, even if it’s not always the easiest way to get things done. I believe that all employees should feel that they have a direct impact every single day when they come to work..

THE REALITY IS THAT RESOURCES ARE FINITE, AND WE MUST DO OUR PART TO CONSERVE THEM.

STEN BARTHELMES

Senior Manager | Head of Manufacturing Informatics
E.G.O. Produktion GmbH Co. KG, Oberderdingen

COULD YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORKING DAY?
We create and maintain shopfloor IT solutions for our production site. We also take care of the definition and integration of our central processes and master data in our PLM and SAP systems.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO WORK FOR BLANC FISCHER?
A great team and being able to independently complete challenging work on the digital future of our production site.
WHAT MAKES BEING PART OF BLANC FISCHER SO SPECIAL?
It makes me proud to be part of a family that has tremendous knowledge and expertise in a wide range of manufactured goods.
WHY IS SUSTAINABILITY SO IMPORTANT FOR THE COMPANY?
Sustainability gives us a competitive edge.
COVID-19 IS STILL KEEPING US ON OUR TOES. WHAT DID YOUR EMPLOYER DO DURING THE CRISIS?
We started working from home via VPN due to the pandemic. This helped prevent infections and keep systems running while keeping employees healthy.

SUSTAINABILITY GIVES US A COMPETITIVE EDGE.

CHRISTIAN FRANK

Managing Director Switzerland
BLANCO GmbH Co. KG, Steinhausen

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO WORK FOR THE BLANC FISCHER FAMILY HOLDING?
Employees are seen as an important asset here. Our company culture always puts the customer first, and we are an organization where even young people have every opportunity to advance their careers.
WHY IS SUSTAINABILITY SO IMPORTANT FOR THE COMPANY?
In order to remain successful in the future, we need to get involved in certain hot topics. Sustainability, in an environmental context, has certainly been on everyone’s lips in recent years. If we want to continue to be able to hire the best employees, we need to not only focus on our customers but also work on our Employer Branding.
SUSTAINABILITY IS VERY MULTIFACETED—WHAT DO YOU ASSOCIATE WITH THE TERM IN YOUR EVERYDAY WORK?
In my day-to-day work, the main focus is on establishing sustainable relationships with customers, and of course also with our service providers and employees. Only then will we have real partnerships and true harmony, and only then will we be able to successfully achieve sustainable growth for our organization.
HOW ARE YOU HELPING THE BLANC FISCHER FAMILY HOLDING TO BECOME MORE SUSTAINABLE?
I think even just examining any decisions in terms of the 3Ps and only pushing those that are 100% compatible with them makes a difference.
FOR ME, A HEALTHY WORKING ENVIRONMENT MEANS…
… an atmosphere that lets all employees grow, communicate, and work together freely.
THIS PAST YEAR WAS STRONGLY INFLUENCED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS. HOW DID THIS AFFECT YOUR WORK?
You learn a lot. Communication and closeness in the workplace are extremely important, yet surprisingly everything also works perfectly well when everyone is in their own home. You learn to appreciate your work and your company more again, especially the sustainable company management that’s necessary to master such crises. But you also become familiar with the company’s weak spots—I think that’s almost the most important thing, because you realize that no matter how successful you are, you just can’t sit back and take it too easy!

ONLY THROUGH SUSTAINABLE RELATIONSHIPS WILL WE HAVE REAL PARTNERSHIPS AND TRUE HARMONY, AND ONLY THEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH FOR OUR ORGANIZATION.

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