Supporting Local Communities

We respect the environment and the people around us

At CHEP Deutschland, we are fully aware of the influence that our daily business activities and our employees have on the community around us.  We believe in ensuring that we have a positive social impact in terms of sustainability, the environment, education and social responsibility. That’s why we encourage our colleagues to get involved in social projects and we give them three days’ leave a year to do this. We are dedicated to adopting the right approach to enhance the well-being of the community, our employees and the environment.              

Our colleagues are involved in a wide range of activities in their work with charities and other not-for-profit organisations. But there is one common theme - and that is to come together to give something back to the community in an enjoyable and responsible way. Here is a quick overview of the wide range of projects our colleagues have been involved in over the past year.

CHEP meets K.R.A.K.E. (Kölner Rhein-Aufräum-Kommando-Einheit)

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CHEP meets K.R.A.K.E. (Kölner Rhein-Aufräum-Kommando-Einheit)

Not only our business model and our products are very sustainable, but also the actions of our employees. In order to do something good for the environment during this year's 'Safety & Wellbeing Week' a spring-clean was organized on the banks of the Rhine with Christian Stock from K.R.A.K.E.

K.R.A.K.E. is a volunteer organization that deals with the regional waste problem in Cologne and surrounding areas. Especially at the popular meeting points in Cologne piles of rubbish are often left behind. A goal of the initiative is to fight the littering of the Rhine bank and consequentially of the seas.

"We must take action ourselves, set a good example and thus contribute to raising awareness against littering and for sustainable environmental protection. Many thanks to Christian Stock from K.R.A.K.E. for the support and for the great clean-up campaign at the Poller Wiesen.” – Kai Derda, General Manager of CHEP Deutschland GmbH

The food bank - distribution centre in the Cologne district of Höhenhaus

Aid is provided in a number of ways. It ranges from donating non-perishable foodstuffs via the box in our office to helping on site at the food bank in Höhenhaus. CHEP employees provide support on site ranging from sorting the donated food to distributing it to the people who visit. It’s always popular when someone takes a home-baked cake to the food bank for breakfast. And if some manual work is required in the garden, our colleagues are happy to assist.

In addition we provide financial support for the team who distribute provisions at the food bank in Höhenhaus in order to finance this part-time role. The funds for this are “generated” by our colleagues through CHEP’s Blue Code project. Via this project, employees report back to the company when they find CHEP pallets or containers in places where this equipment is not supposed to be - and each of these notifications is transformed into a donation for a social project. On the one hand, this helps us to stop our equipment being put to improper use and on the other hand it allows us to support a not-for-profit organisation with each Blue Code notification handed in.

The food bank - Kölner Tafel e.V.
Volker Sdunzig and Stefanie Nolden

Meschenich child and youth centre

At one of the social trouble spots in Cologne, the team at the Meschenich child and youth centre take care of young people who have had a tough start in life. The centre offers children and adolescents a place to make friends, where they can get a hot meal, receive qualified help with their homework and have access to a wide variety of leisure activities. We are delighted that we can help here.

Alongside monetary and material donations, voluntary work at the Meschenich child and youth centre is an important part of our CSR activities. Our colleagues use their skills and knowledge to offer job application training sessions at the centre and they also organise games and sports afternoons.

Office equipment that is surplus to requirements at CHEP but still fully functional is given a new lease of life at the centre. And this year our colleagues also fulfilled numerous wishes in the Christmas Wish Tree Campaign, which was also funded by our CHEP Blue Code project.

1:0 to Meschernich
1:0 to Meschernich

Freunde der Kölner Straßen und ihre Bewohner e.V. (Friends of Cologne’s streets and their inhabitants)

A CHEP employee in Cologne helped to set up this initiative. As a company with its headquarters in Cologne,CHEP is dedicated to helping people in the city. The organisation regularly provides homeless people with hot meals, coffee, tea, material donations (everything is available from underwear to thermal mats), and even help in dealing with the authorities or making doctors’ appointments. Our colleagues support the organisation by donating material goods, money and food.

Freunde der Kölner Straßen und ihre Bewohner e.V. (Friends of Cologne’s streets and their inhabitants)
Freunde der Kölner Straßen und ihre Bewohner e.V. (Friends of Cologne’s streets and their inhabitants)

The Good Food

Food waste is a huge problem in our society. CHEP supports food waste reduction - by virtue of its use of CHEP platforms. Transported goods reach the shop and the customer safely and in excellent condition using CHEP platforms.

Recently, a shop named “The Good Food” was opened in Cologne. It’s an initiative that cares about the misshapen vegetables, the smaller-than-standard potatoes and the products which normal retail stores cannot sell.   Did you know that 50% of potatoes planted never make it as far as the consumer? Through the Good Food initiative, potatoes and carrots that do not conform to normal standards get a second chance and do not end up in the waste bin. Our colleagues support this initiative by providing hands-on help with transport and storage optimisation and by putting the shop in touch with new partners in CHEP’s widespread network.

The Good Food Cologne
Kai Derda, Kinga Di Salvo, Michael Weber, Rosa Ferrero Pedra, Bo Sjoeberg, Adrianus Rens, Volker Sdunzig, Andrey Pisartsov and Stefanie Nolden

Additional commitment through voluntary work

Even though their focus is on our own facilities, our colleagues are actively involved in other areas. For example, we man the Unicef stand and help to sell Christmas cards at the Christmas market; we help to set up stands at a charity Christmas fair run by the KG Ponyhof association in South Cologne; some of our colleagues are involved in animal welfare and others take part in empowerment seminars which local schools offer their pupils. Colleagues are also involved in the outpatient hospice care service.

We also consider cultural sponsorship to be an important part of our social commitment and we supported Cologne Theatre’s “City of Tomorrow” festival by providing 1200 CHEP pallets.

The City of Tomorrow - Cologne Theatre
The City of Tomorrow - Cologne Theatre

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