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Every year, the German Sustainability Award (Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitspreis) is presented by the foundation, Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis e.V., in cooperation with the Federal government. The 7th awards ceremony was held in Düsseldorf last November with 550 companies and 65 local authorities taking part in the 2014 competition. The award was presented to companies who best unite running a successful business with being socially responsible and protecting the environment. A jury of sixteen experts named REMONDIS SE & Co. KG as one of the Top 3 “most sustainable large corporations in Germany”.
On nominating REMONDIS, the jury said: “Guaranteeing supplies of raw materials and simultaneously conserving natural resources are two of the biggest economic, ecological and social challenges of our times. Creating raw material cycles offers companies and locations new opportunities to add value to their business and to become more sustainable. REMONDIS has seized this opportunity with its “REMONDIS.Rohstoffwende” strategy and is focusing on developing and implementing modern and efficient recycling processes. This family run company is looking to the future and demonstrating that it can overcome the challenges of switching from natural resources to renewable raw materials. It develops concrete solutions and new methods for the recycling sector and implements these with a clear strategy. Thanks to its “REMONDIS.Rohstoffwende” programme, it has successfully transformed itself from a waste management specialist to a supplier of high quality raw materials.”
The award is further proof that sustainability is not some short-term trend.
REMONDIS managing director, Herwart Wilms, really appreciated the jury’s praise. He said: “Being a family run water management and recycling company which has been looking at ways of conserving natural resources, protecting the environment and preventing climate change for decades now, sustainability has always been at the very core of our business. It is a great honour to receive this award. On behalf of our more than 30,000 employees who help ensure the success of our company remains sustainable in all senses of the word, I would like to express my thanks to the jury for naming our company one of the three most sustainable corporations in Germany this year.”
REMONDIS Managing Director, Herwart Wilms, together with Johannes Remmel, Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, at the awards ceremony