Reporting 2021

Social Commitment

We do our part to create a strong society: whether in the fields of social welfare, sport or health care, through financial aid or active project work. We provide assistance wherever support is needed.

Our commitment to a strong society is firmly anchored in our sustainability strategy. For us and our employees, it is therefore only logical to contribute our expertise and individual skills in various projects and initiatives – both on our own doorstep and beyond national borders.

Preventive disaster management in the Caribbean

We have been supporting the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organization, since 2012. In addition to combating global hunger, its goal is to equip countries that are particularly hard hit by natural disasters to cope with emergencies by putting preventive protective measures in place. This also applies in the Caribbean, where hurricanes occur with particular frequency, mostly in the west of the region, and their destructive force can result in severe humanitarian emergencies. Since local logistics capacity on the ground plays a key role in the event of a crisis, the WFP conducted a preventive assessment of the infrastructure. Logistics experts, including Ferdinand Möhring, Head of Transport Policy and Executive Affairs at BLG, inspected ports and roads to determine their crisis readiness. The data collected was collated and used to derive measures to optimize preparation for the 2022 hurricane season.

Outfitting pier in the harbor of Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad

Outfitting pier in the harbor of Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad

Help for the victims of the flood disaster

When they saw the devastating images of the flood disaster in Germany in mid-June 2021, it was immediately clear to two of our employees that they wanted to help. So, without further ado, they set up a fundraising campaign in which many different people and companies participated. The willingness to help was so great that instead of the originally planned three Sprinters our two colleagues were able to load a 20-foot container with relief supplies and set off in the direction of Ahrweiler in Rhineland Palatinate. The Rhein-Waal-Terminal in Emmerich provided the container, which we supplemented by a truck with container chassis.

Giving children joy

Children cannot be taught early enough about climate change, its causes and necessary protective measures. It is therefore all the more important to make this topic an active experience – as in the Klimahaus Bremerhaven, to which we gave 1,000 children free admission. In addition to the informative discoveries on site, the initiative was also a great opportunity for the elementary school students to share experiences with the whole class again after long coronavirus restrictions.

Since no child should go empty-handed at Christmas, participation in the “Schenk ein Lächeln” (“Gift a Smile”) campaign organized by the charity Bremer Tafel e.V. has become part of our company’s in-house Christmas tradition. Our junior management staff as always took care of the organization and coordination and this Christmas numerous employees from our Bremen locations and beyond once again collected toys, books and clothing in good condition and lovingly wrapped them to give away to children from families in need. A real BLG Santa Claus ensured there was a Christmas atmosphere during the gift giving and put a smile on the faces of numerous children.

“Gift a Smile” campaign

“Gift a Smile” campaign

Promoting personal volunteering

From refugee and integration assistance to working as a press spokesman for a baseball club to being an emergency worker in civil defense and disaster relief. We are proud of the diversity of our employees’ volunteering activities and the commitment they bring to them. As an employer, we want to encourage the pursuit of individual projects of the heart as much as possible and try to allow the flexibility that is often needed for this. For example, if the job of an emergency volunteer requires fast response times, we try to create the appropriate structures and processes in the team to release the employee at short notice if necessary. Our logistics center in Offenburg has been recognized by the state of Baden-Württemberg as a “volunteer-friendly employer in civil protection”.

Recognition as “volunteer-friendly employer”

Recognition as “volunteer-friendly employer”

Shared sporting activities during the pandemic

For several years now, we have pitched in to help organize the Office for People with Disabilities’ sports festival. As it was held virtually rather than in the stadium due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, our support in the reporting year was of a financial nature. The alternative program Behindertensport@home was highly relevant during this challenging time: Even without a large group and via a camera, it succeeded in transporting the fun of sports and the sense of community to the participants’ homes.

Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

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