GEZE donates 200,000 trees for Christmas

Under the motto of 'Donations instead of Gifts', Brigitte Vöster-Alber, Chief Executive Officer of GEZE GmbH in Leonberg, delivered a donation cheque for 200,000 trees to the organisation Plant-for-the-Planet on 11 December. As in recent years, GEZE decided to give its customers a very special Christmas gift: contributing to protecting the environment by planting trees. The organisation Plant-for-the-Planet plants trees, which helps to break down CO2.

Brigitte Vöster-Alber hands over the donation cheque of GEZE GmbH to Frithjof Finkbeiner (Plant-for-the-Planet) and the ambassadors for climate justice Kira Groß and Eva Keller.

Brigitte Vöster-Alber hands over the donation cheque of GEZE GmbH to Frithjof Finkbeiner (Plant-for-the-Planet) and the ambassadors for climate justice Kira Groß and Eva Keller.

The donation is a GEZE tradition. The Leonberg business has been a long-time supporter of the Stuttgart children's hospital 'Olgäle' and has also been a sponsor of Plan International since 2013 – GEZE's 150 year anniversary. Social responsibility, which is firmly anchored in GEZE, also inspired the idea for this year's donation target. "We wanted to give our customers a very special gift: a good feeling by having trees planted for our customers," says Brigitte Vöster-Alber.

We wanted to give our customers a very special gift: a good feeling by having trees planted for our customers.

Brigitte Vöster-Alber

Social support by reforestation

Frithjof Finkbeiner (Plant-for-the-Planet) shows pictures of the successful  reforestation.

Frithjof Finkbeiner (Plant-for-the-Planet) shows pictures of the successful reforestation. © GEZE GmbH

Humanity should plant 1000 billion trees all over the world to absorb a quarter of human-made CO2 – Plant-for-the-Planet are getting closer to this target every day, thanks to the GEZE Christmas donation. 5500 indigenous trees are planted each day on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, which absorb up to 500 kg CO2 during their lives. The organisation also provides social sustainability with long-term employment of forestry workers, above-average social benefits and long-term training and support of children in many countries around the world.

Sustainability and looking to the future at GEZE

At GEZE, sustainability is not just considered at Christmas, but also daily within the business. Automatic sliding doors by GEZE, such as ECdrive T2, help to improve energy efficiency in buildings with thermally separated profile systems. GEZE also scores highly in production with sustainable methods. The business received the 2018 Industry Prize for its international automated manufacturing processes with minimum lubrication.

In future, sustainability and looking towards the future will be reinforced as business principles at GEZE. "Sustainability determines our day-to-day activities in all areas – both with regard to our production processes and our products," says Brigitte Vöster-Alber. "We look forward to many more exciting projects and developments which make both buildings and the world more liveable."