Cooperation for nature protection

Michael Kempkes vom NABU Borken sowie Karin Spaleck und Carsten Sühling vom Maschinenbauer SPALECK beschließen Zusammenarbeit

We are delighted to announce that the environmental protection organisation NABU Kreisverband Borken e.V. signed a cooperation agreement with SPALECK last week. Together we want to initiate and implement environmental protection measures at our SPALECK sites in Bocholt, Greiz, Borne (NL) and Resita (RO). Another common goal is to inspire businesses and municipalities at the regional level to work towards a more sustainable economy.

What opportunities are there for nature conservation and environmental protection in your own company? How can the employees be involved? And importantly, how can other companies be involved as well?

Answers to these and other questions are the goals of NABU Borken and SPALECK. Together we want to show that ecology and economy are not mutually exclusive, but belong together. To this end, nature and environmental protection issues must also be placed at the top of the agenda in business enterprises, with the aim of preserving our prosperity in the long term for future generations.

Carsten Sühling, Managing Director of SPALECK Holding: “As an industrial company, we have been leaving a large ecological footprint for many years. It is now time to change things in order to secure the basis of all our lives in the long term. Together with as many other companies as possible, we must take better account of environmental concerns in the future and protect resources.” In doing so, SPALECK sees many opportunities. Sühling continues: “As a family business in its 5th generation, we are convinced that this is vital for our entrepreneurial future and our reason for being. As a supplier and machine builder, we already generate a large part of our turnover with green, sustainable products and would now like to make production even more environmentally friendly.”

The NABU Borken and SPALECK want to start together with environmental protection measures at the group’s sites. Green roofs and facades, hedges for birds, insect hotels, nesting boxes and ecological break corners are the first measures under discussion. Michael Kempkes, district chairman of NABU: “Sustainable products and services will be a clear competitive advantage for companies in the future. And environmental protection measures are also important for the workforce, because they strengthen their bond with their employer. Green, sustainable site measures are a great start here and improve working conditions at the same time.”

SPALECK’s apprentices are also to be involved in this. Karin Spaleck, responsible for human resources: “With the help of NABU Borken, we will offer our approximately 30 commercial and industrial apprentices two nature and environment training days per year. Here our young talents get to know regional nature conservation projects and are allowed to participate in nature conservation measures where possible. The costs for this will be covered by our company.

NABU also advises the company on how it can gradually reduce its ecological footprint. Michael Kempkes: “The path towards CO2 neutrality is an immense challenge for companies. For mankind, achieving the 2 degree target of the Paris Climate Agreement is essential for survival. This can only be done together with the business community. We want to make a partial contribution here with advice, knowledge and contacts.”

Kempkes and Sühling jointly emphasise the importance of also winning over other companies to environmental protection and sustainability. Carsten Sühling: “We in the business community still have it in our own hands to shape our future viability.” Kempkes adds: “To do this, we also have to convince local politics and administration.” To this end, NABU and SPALECK want to approach partners such as companies, associations and municipalities together in the near future and persuade them to take more active action.