On the initiative of the “Unternehmensgrün” association, which has been in existence for 28 years, more than 870 companies have signed an appeal. With this appeal, they demand that, despite Corona, they do not lose sight of the goals they have set themselves in terms of sustainability, climate and environmental protection and that they forge new alliances.

Numerous companies in the organic sector have joined the call of the “Unternehmensgrün” association “Unternehmen zusammen für Nachhaltigkeit – wir bleiben dran!”

Eight demands

The initiative has drawn up an action plan with eight demands. These include linking economic stimulus packages to the 1.5 degree target and the European Green Deal, setting up a transformation fund for investments in climate protection, a massive expansion of renewable energies, investments in infrastructure for public passenger and freight transport, and economic and medical solidarity with developing and emerging countries.

According to the initiators, the Corona crisis has “already prompted the first actors to call for the suspension of environmental and climate protection measures or social aspects in supply chains. Therefore, a strong signal is needed from the business community that companies will continue to stand behind social and ecological measures”. Because: Climate protection, solidarity and corona cannot be set off against each other!

An eye for the essential

The supporters include companies such as Alnatura, Bioland, Weleda, GLS Bank, Salus, Vaude and various organic associations. The youngest signatory is Thomas Gutberlet, Managing Director of Tegut: “Although Covid has thrown 19 learned processes into confusion in recent months and turned the world as we knew it upside down, we have been able to make a difference.

But the resulting new tasks must not cause us to lose sight of our essential goals to which we are committed. That is why I was happy to sign the initiative’s appeal,” he says, explaining the reasons for the Anschluss.