Visable does a great deal
Visable offsets CO2-emissions – even for video calls
The decrease in CO2-emissions is one of the few positive side effects of the pandemic. Protecting our environment remains an important goal for Visable: This year we were able to reduce our emission levels by 70 per cent, as a large part of our business travel was foregone due to COVID-19. Instead, we met in Zoom Calls – company-wide for 5,275,509 minutes in 2020. That's ten years! But digital communication also has its price: video telephony generated 422 t of CO2, which we offset with 6,331 euros via MyClimate. In addition, we offset 5,712 kg of CO2 from our digital hackathon in November. Thanks to digital paperless processes, we were able to save 4.4 t of wood in 2020 – roughly equivalent to 260 Christmas trees, such as the ones currently being evicted from living rooms across the globe. We will continue to optimise our operational processes – both analogue and digital – in 2021 and look forward to identifying more ways to reduce our carbon footprint in "the new normal" and beyond.
Donation: Visable supports "CaFée mit Herz"
It is a tradition that we at Visable lend financial support to social institutions or associations by donating 10,000 Euros every year. Our focus is on initiatives that particularly care for children or the homeless. It is part of our corporate philosophy to think of those who fight on the fringes of society. In the past two years, we organised a “Social Day” to give disadvantaged children a few carefree hours during the holiday season. Due to the pandemic, we were unfortunately not able to have a Social Day in 2020. Nevertheless, we as a company have weathered the pandemic very well so far, so that we can and want to support a charitable institution once again.
This year, our company donation went to the Hamburg institution "CaFée mit Herz". Since its founding in 2000, 300-400 often homeless guests have been provided with free food and clothing every day. Around 40 mainly volunteer employees and helpers work in the facility. But Corona also poses a challenge for the "CaFée with heart".
"Due to the rules of social distancing, we are no longer able to serve all guests in our facilities. That's why we had to reorganise the distribution of food, for example, and now serve meals through the window," says Thomas Paetsch, volunteer director of the CaFée with heart. This causes significantly more packaging waste. Part of the donation will therefore be used to buy organic dishes.
In addition to poor, unemployed and homeless people in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg, CaFée mit Herz specifically supports women in need. To this end, the institution rents six apartments for women, as an alternative to the limited space offered by women's institutions in these difficult times.
"It is nice to know that our donation helps people who are particularly affected by the Corona situation. Therefore, it was important for us to support a facility where the money arrives directly and is also used immediately," explains Peter F. Schmid, CEO of Visable.
Visable compensates the CO2 emissions caused by travel of its employees and advisory board members
Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, increase in extreme weather phenomena such as hurricanes, floods and droughts, and rising temperatures around the globe - the climate crisis shows that the increasingly rapid CO2-induced climate changes can only be countered by working together.
As a growing company with three locations (Hamburg, Berlin and Paris), which also advises its customers locally, the Visable GmbH has a special responsibility. We are aware of this responsibility and want to live up to it. Therefore, all our colleagues are encouraged to avoid air travel if possible and to use the railway instead, which in Germany also runs on green electricity.
In addition, we have compensated the CO2 emissions caused by business travel by all Visable employees for the year 2019. This includes all flights, all car mileage and rail travel outside Germany. Thus, for the year 589 tons of CO2 were compensated through certificates from myclimate, supporting the climate protection project "With energy-saving and solar cookers back to the green island, Madagascar".
Visable will continue to compensate the entire CO2 emissions caused by its business traffic in 2020 and has also set itself the additional goal of reducing its power consumption by ten percent in 2020 despite the company's growth. This value is part of the company's objectives.
Peter F. Schmid, CEO of Visable, is also a member of "Leaders for Climate Action".
Visable organizes a Social Day for the foundation Mittagskinder
In 2019, we also organized a Social Day, this time for the foundation Mittagskinder. The focus of the foundation is to offer children a healthy, child-oriented diet and exercise. Another focus of the foundation's work is education. The "Bildungsimpulse" program is available at the children's clubs. These include the discovery laboratory with small experiments in physics and chemistry as well as the reading club and radio play evening to support language development. For a total of 31 lunchtime children from Kirchdorf and Neuwiedenthal in Hamburg, Visable organised a day of fun and games on 1 November at the indoor beach "Beach Hamburg". 14 colleagues helped at stations such as putting on children's make-up, tug-of-war or a giant swing cloth. With a little scavenger hunt ended the progam. The Social Day was a complete success: The children aged 5 to 12 years said that the day was the best adventure they had ever had. We are already looking forward to the next Social Day in 2020.
“Franzbrötchen Day” at “Wer liefert was”
November 2018 - On 15 November, we celebrated “Franzbrötchen Day” for the second time! A total of nine boxes containing over 200 of Hamburg’s traditional cinnamon pastries were delivered to the wlw office in ABC-Straße. Under the banner “Hilfe, die schmeckt” (“A tasty way to help”), around €200 was collected for the non-profit, volunteer organisation ‘Zeit für Zukunft – Mentoren für Kinder e.V.’. This organisation provides mentors who support disadvantaged young people in Hamburg with a view to developing their skills and increasing their potential.
“Wer liefert was“ donates to clothing banks and medical services for homeless people living in Hamburg
December 2017 - The clothing bank run by Caritasverband für Hamburg e.V. is situated right in the heart of Hamburg's St Georg district. Every week, many of those in need come to the clothing bank for some new clothing. At his cold time of year, the centre is in need of warm jackets, shoes and so on.Caritas also offers medical assistance for the homeless covering a wide range of medical services for those in need. Buying medication is a very costly process.wlw supports both of these projects with a total donation of 10,000 euros. This money will allow the project to purchase the medications required as well as additional items of clothing they don“t receive enough donations of.For Peter F. Schmid, CEO of wlw, this is a cause very close to his heart: “Our company has a long history in the city of Hamburg and we are delighted to be able to support local institutions every year, such as the clothing bank and the medical service centre. The Caritas association is well organised and provides direct support to important community services, without all the bureaucracy.”
“Wer liefert was” donates to the medical centre for the homeless
December 2016 - The medical centre for the homeless run by the Caritasverband für Hamburg e.V. is located at the former port hospital, Hafenkrankenhaus, in St. Pauli. This is an inpatient service for sick and homeless men and women. wlw supports the institution with a donation of 7,500 euros. This money will be used to buy five new hospital beds.The medical centre for the homeless provides both medical and social support for homeless people. Ideally this means avoiding their return to the streets. For Peter F. Schmid, this is an simple matter: “As a commercially successful company with a long history in Hamburg, supporting an institution such as the medical centre is a cause very dear to our hearts. Our visit to the centre was clear proof that our donations are going to the right place.”
“Wer liefert was” combats youth unemployment
December 2015 - With a donation of 4,000 euros, wlw is supporting the Joblinge initiative which aims to combat youth unemployment. Since the beginning of 2015, wlw has not only provided Joblinge with financial support but also with coaching sessions, including job application courses offered by members of our human resources department.The aim of the initiative is to create genuine job potential and help people become integrated into the job market and into society in the long term. The economy, the government and individuals are all involved in supporting Joblinge. Thanks to the work of volunteer mentors and training support, some statistics show that the organisation has an above-average success rate and is closing the gap between people“s backgrounds and their future prospects.
“Wer liefert was” donates to the aid of Hamburg’s homeless
December 2014 - wlw contributes to helping the homeless in the Hansestadt by donating €10,000 to the Diakonie Hamburg. Part of the money is used towards helping the Hamburg Mitternachtbus (Hamburg midnight bus), which has been providing the homeless in Hamburg’s downtown area with goods to cover their basic daily necessities since 1996. The Diakoniezentrum für Wohnungslose (a community care facility for the homeless) is also provided support. This day residence provides homeless people meals and help from social workers.
The Diakonisches Werk Hamburg currently employs 260 people and a variety of volunteers. In order to be able to offer its social services in the future, the charity is dependent on donations. We hope that other companies in Hamburg and the surrounding area will follow our example and support the Diakonisches Werk Hamburg with further donations.
Education is near and dear to “Wer liefert was”!
January 2014 - wlw continues to educate young people in different areas. In addition to providing vocational training, wlw also offers cooperative study programs.
“Wer liefert was” has also been a partner of “Joblinge” since the beginning of 2015. This initiative is aimed at young adults who have no education or place to work. Youth are directly supported by wlw by providing them with job application training which is recorded on camera, as a means to opening up the training and labor market to participants.
“Wer liefert was?” promotes innovation!
March 2015 - wlw is the official sponsor of the "Innovationspreis der deutschen Wirtschaft" (German Industry Innovation Award) in 2015 and is thereby contributing to the sustainable development of the German economy. Since 1980 the award has been bestowed to the most important scientific, technical, entrepreneurial and intellectual innovations in Germany industry.
“Wer liefert was” helps children!
September 2014 - As part of the B2RUN 2014, wlw participated in the RTL aid project “We help children” – with one cent donated for each kilometer run during German-wide B2RUN events. Over a hundred thousand runners covered a distance of more than 700,000 kilometers, amounting to a total donation amount of 7,500 euros.
For the "Dunkelziffer" association, the wlw employees collected additional donations via a laptop prize draw. The association campaigns for the rights of sexually abused children.