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Spotlight on regrowth

5,600 TREES TO PROTECT THE CLIMATE. THE E.G.O.-GROUP IS PLANTING A SEEDLING FOR EACH OF ITS EMPLOYEES, THUS COMBINING SUSTAINABILITY AND CORPORATE STRATEGY.

Trees are true marvels of nature with a very special gift: they produce oxygen and thus enable humans and animals to live. A single tree produces around 10,000 liters of oxygen per day, enough for five to ten people.

But a tree can do much more. It provides shade, is a source of food, and provides raw materials – but unfortunately the latter is its undoing. Tropical forests, in particular, are threatened by overexploitation. According to the WWF, in Brazil alone, an area the size of two soccer fields is deforested every minute – with serious consequences for the environment.

NEW FOREST INHABITANTS

E.G.O. is putting the spotlight on regrowth and setting an example with a unique tree planting campaign. Its declared goal is to plant one seedling for each individual employee at the total of 20 production sites and sales locations.

This will result in 5,600 new trees being planted worldwide. The project started with 1,500 Douglas fir and 100 black walnut seedlings in the Oberderding forest. “I am very pleased that we are taking action and can symbolically give the starting signal,” says Dirk Schallock, Chairman of the Management Board of the E.G.O.-Group. “The tree is the symbol of the new E.G.O. company strategy. The campaign also demonstrates the connection between strategy and sustainability with each employee,” adds the leader of E.G.O.

Baumpflanzaktion der E.G.O. in Oberderdingen

Tree planting campaign in Oberderding forest

A FOREST FOR THE CLIMATE

The original plan was for all E.G.O. employees and their families to pick up a spade and gradually expand the forest themselves. “Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on our plans,” Schallock says with regret and thanked the municipality and the forestry workers who stood in for them. “But postponed is not canceled,” he adds. The “E.G.O. Forest” in Oberderdingen will continue to grow on behalf of all employees who are not able to carry out the campaign at their sites.

PRESERVING AND IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR CORPORATE STRATEGY

Dirk Schallock,
Chairman of the
Management Board of the E.G.O.-Group

Baumpflanzaktion der E.G.O. in Oberderdingen

A THICK TRUNK WITH A SMALL FOOTPRINT

“Preserving and improving the environment for future generations is an important part of our corporate strategy,” Schallock continues.
Trees improve the climate and help to minimize the carbon footprint of the E.G.O.-Group. Locally onsite and around the world. It will take around 30 years for the small seedlings to become fully grown trees and for them to finally develop their full strength – for generations to come.

E.G.O.-GROUP STAFF ARE GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRTY. LOCALLY ON-SITE AND AROUND THE WORLD.

Employees of E.G.O. Elektrikli Aletler Sanayi A.S. in Ergene (E.G.O. Turkey)

SHOVELS AT THE READY! E.G.O. TURKEY IS SHOWING ITS GREEN THUMBS

After Oberderdingen, seedlings can now also grow and flourish at the E.G.O. site in Turkey. Employees and their family members planted a total of 730 trees on the company premises in Çorlu. The tree planting campaign symbolically rooted the issue of sustainability at the site. Another positive side effect is that the seedlings are set to make the premises greener and, in a few years, will be a welcome source of shade during lunch breaks.
The E.G.O. tree family continues to grow, across national borders and with added value for people and the environment.

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