Clean-up alongside the river
Fortuna and Fujifilm are jointly cleaning up
September 3, 2019
Summer is coming to a close. During the season many in Düsseldorf used the inviting weather for outdoor activities and barbecues on the river Rhine. As a result, a lot of waste, such as charcoal or packaging, has been left on the popular river banks.
On 3 September, Fortuna and its partner, multi-technology company Fujifilm, organised their first collective Social Day to collect garbage on the left river bank for one day.
"We are entering our second season as an official Fortuna partner, and are happy to once again cooperate closely with a club with such a high degree of social and local engagement. For that reason, I am very happy about today’s shared commitment. At Fujifilm, sustainable business practices go hand in hand with sustainable use of resources. We have, for example, been using 100 percent renewable energy to power our state-of-the-art production facility in Tilburg, the Netherlands since 2016"
explains Peter Struik, Managing Director FUJIFILM Europe GmbH.
Christian Koke, Chief Marketing Officer at Fortuna Düsseldorf, welcomes this team spirit:
"We are happy to commence our second season as partners with an event such as this. A mindful approach to the environment is an integral part of the culture at Fortuna Düsseldorf. The fact that Fujifilm and Fortuna employees alike participate in this event is a fantastic signal."
The Fujifilm Management, being very supportive of neighbourliness and community engagement, granted a few hours of paid leave to its employees participating in the event. Martin Stade, Head of Corporate Communications at Fujifilm Europe, is happy to participate alongside a lot of colleagues:
"Today’s garbage collection event is our way to make a small contribution to the environment in our neighbourhood. At the same time, we place great value on the idea of community and cooperation, which is why I am very happy to witness this joint event with our colleagues from Fortuna.
We are delighted, that our partnership with our partner Fujifilm has led to this Social Day. Over the years, we have been participating in a variety of events like this one, such as the ‘Düsseldorfer Dreck-weg-Tag’, to do our part in keeping our city clean. This Social Day in cooperation with Fujifilm once again documents our approach to social responsibility"
says Paul Jäger, Director CSR at Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Team spirit is an important aspect of the Social Day, so Awista, a Fortuna partner as well, disposes of the collected garbage and furthermore supports the industrious participants by providing 10 garbage tongs.
The environmental office of the city of Düsseldorf is also due a thank you, as it is already doing a part in alleviating the strain put on the river banks during the busy summer season by, for example, providing around 200 bins along the river. It furthermore supports today’s Social Day by providing disposable gloves, garbage bags and another 10 tongs.
In the evening, Fortuna partner Holger Gronski, has invited everyone involved for a barbecue at his PreSchoolSports establishment in Heerdt to bring the day to a close.