Every small step counts on the way to having a more sustainable business approach. Awareness is important, because our decisions today determine the quality of life tomorrow. We want to make our contributions by acting fairly, respectfully and responsibly; as a company, we will act in an environmentally-friendly and forward-thinking manner.
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Bees are not just beautiful creatures that produce tasty honey. They also play an extremely important role in our ecosystem. As pollinators, they are responsible, to a considerable extent, for the growth and well-being of our plants. OTRS Group has sponsored a beehive as part of its CSR program to support bee preservation. It is located on the bee trail in the Ginnheimer Wäldchen KGV. Guided tours are offered along the trail for those who are interested.
The population of our hive is currently about 30,000 animals and will grow to about 50,000 by June 21st, 2020, after which the population will decrease again and will enter winter with about 10,000-15,000 bees.
As the temperatures this year have already been quite high, the first honey will probably be harvested as early as the end of May 2020. When the time comes, we will have specially-labelled 250g jars filled with our OTRS Group honey. With a harvest of 30kg, we expect about 120 jars.
We are looking forward to this exciting project and to “our” bees.
More Fun at Meetings And Help For Animals in Need
With our work in the animal shelter Hochtaunus, we have already shown how important making a commitment to animals is to us. Now, we have again had the opportunity to help our four-legged friends. But this time in a very special way…
The Sweet Farm is a non-profit initiative that addresses the global impact of factory farming on animals, plants and the planet. They rescue and rehabilitate farm animals from various circumstances within the food system.
Their clear message: animals deserve our compassion and respect!
A wonderful way to support this important work is to invite one of the farm animals to a virtual meeting. At these so-called “goat-2-meetings,” the animal ambassador joins your meeting link, gives a short introduction to the farm and introduces the other animals during a virtual tour. Questions can also be asked.
We are enthusiastic about this approach and have already invited an animal guest to a joint meeting of colleagues from our branches in the USA, Mexico and Brazil. It was a sweet enrichment and a fun way to break up the meeting, which we will certainly be happy to repeat in the future.
Do you also need a fresh face to spice up your video conferences? The Sweet Farm Animal ambassadors are here for you.
A small step for the environment.
A big one for the individual.
Your cell phone is just two years old and no longer up-to-date – so get rid of it! The same goes for laptops and small electrical appliances of all kinds.
Stop!! This is exactly what leads to, among other things, the fact that the portion of electronics waste in the European Union increases each year: Less than 40% of it is recycled.
Simply because a cell phone, laptop or tablet does not correspond to the newest standards, that is no reason for these often still fully-functional devices to turn to mothballs or to be completely disposed.
For over two years now, OTRS AG has used its locations to as a point of contact for communities to collect and sustainably dispose of discarded small electronic devices. On the other hand, the company’s own devices that are still in top condition are donated at regular intervals.
This time, fifteen-year-old Lea was the lucky recipient. Lea is one of many students who are home schooling due to the current situation. Since her old laptop no longer had enough power for the school requirements, OTRS AG donated her a fully-functional MacBook that had been refurbished by our IT department. Now nothing stands in the way of her 9th grade math homework at the high school. We wish Lea a lot of joy with her new MacBook and are happy to give it a second life.
For Siyar, too, a little dream came true. He attends the 11th grade of an upper school and can now work much more productively when virtual. Even now that students are increasingly going back to face-to-face classes, the laptop makes things a lot easier for him. He can now create presentations much more easily and complete tasks more quickly. We are happy to be able to make you so happy with it!