Sustainability is our
Corporate social responsibility
VSB corporate woodland
In cooperation with our project partner PrimaKlima e.V., VSB supports the forestation of green spaces. Our recent project is developed in Saxony, in Tanneberg a district of Mittweida. In the spring of 2019, a new deciduous forest with native trees and bushes will be planted on 2,000 square meters.
Last year, VSB supported a project in Lower Saxony, in the East Frisian district Leer. Up to 2,000 pupils from seven different schools help planting 1,000 deciduous trees and bushes for VSB. The woodland will be part of an interdisciplinary curriculum for the next generations of students. For instance, they will learn to calculate the plant growth in mathematics and physics, or will study the different storeys of the forest in biology later on. The woodland has a unique biodiversity: Besides maple, beech, oak, alder, birch, chestnut and lime, bushes at the edge of the forest especially increase the diversity of species.
The first project was developed near Belgern, which is located in northern Saxony, approximately 75 kilometre away from the company’s headquarter in Dresden. A speciose mixed forest was built by planting 1,000 trees, which contain fluttering elm, sweet cherry, durmast oak and hornbeam. The trees absorb approximately two tonnes of CO2 every year and play a part in contributing to save the climate. Due to its vicinity to surrounding villages, the forest will soon be a local recreation area and home to numerous species.
„The forest in Theauderfehn develops magnificently. Where earlier had been a meadow for horses, a spices-rich ecosystem arises now. Many school from the neighborhood participated at the planting and the children stroked the soil between the roots carefully and lovingly. The grow-on rate of nearly 100% is convincing. The accompanying vegetation is part of the biological diversity, first flowers and bushes flourish. In a few years the children will be able to play hide-and-seek behind the trees. “
Forester Franz Hüsing
VSB loves energy: eco-friendly for electricity and heat – dynamic with dedicated people.
Promoting the energy revolution is a key part of our corporate philosophy. We apply all of our commitment and knowledge to this issue. We live out sustainability in a holistic way and take over social responsibility. The conservation of an environment worth living in is close to our heart, along with the well-being of our employees and our social commitment.
VSB – active in association work
The professionalism and quality of our range of services is enriched by our membership in industry societies and associations. Our employees maintain extensive professional connections at the national and regional level. Working with associations gives us the opportunity to recognise current trends and topics early on and to actively contribute our competences. Furthermore, such institutions are an important link to the public and represent our interests with politics, governmental departments and authorities. This is why we are actively involved in energy and climate lobby associations at home and abroad.
Jointly for the future…
VSB established the foundation “Protect the future – new energy for the future “Zukunft schützen – Neue Energien für die Zukunft“, which is committed to child and youth projects that involve renewable energy. The foundation is open for project applications from other non-profit institutions and organisations that can teach young people about energy, conservation of natural resources and energy saving in a playful manner. Furthermore, we regularly donate to eligible projects at both our headquarters location in Dresden and also beyond.
…and in our own company
Of course we use green electricity at all of our offices in Germany and we are gradually converting our foreign subsidiaries. We also seek climate-friendly assistance when it comes to mobility. Our first electric car, an “E-Golf”, has complemented our vehicle fleet since 2015. With no emissions at all, this car has a range of up to 190 km when fully charged. All our other vehicles have low consumption rates in order to use as few resources as possible. Furthermore, as an additional benefit, we cover the costs of our employees’ bus and train fares as part of VSB's cafeteria plan. Their travel to and from VSB offices should also be eco-friendly.
We print most of our brochures and flyers on FSC-certified paper. The FSC label stands for eco-friendly treatment of forest resources. We are working towards changing all print products to this standard in the future.
Events full of energy
VSB employees love not only intellectual, but also physical activities. The athletic events at our headquarters in Dresden are always well attended. Whether it is participation in corporate running and cycling events or the corporate beach volleyball cup, we are pleased about the energy of our teams.
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