Together with myclimate - building commitment to climate protection
Griesser has enjoyed a successful partnership with myclimate since 2008, particularly in the areas of carbon offsetting, education and development, as well as the implementation of a company-wide climate strategy.
Our core business has been in sun protection products for 140 years. Our products increase the energy efficiency of buildings and facilities and have a direct impact on temperature regulation. We are therefore already beneficial to the climate per se. But even beyond the product functions, we are committed to climate protection in all areas.
Recycling proceeds donated to climate protection projects
We have been working with myclimate since 2008 and are constantly expanding our commitment to climate protection. The cooperation started in the area of carbon offsetting. More specifically, until 2015 Griesser donated the funds released from taking back and recycling old blinds to myclimate climate protection projects, thus indirectly saving CO2 .
From 2022, we will once again offset a portion of our unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions by means of myclimate climate protection projects. Thanks to far-reaching activities to reduce our corporate footprint, it is not surprising that the volume of carbon offsetting is decreasing from year to year. For us, offsetting is therefore purely a bridging solution, which is steadily decreasing thanks to the reduction efforts.
Support in climate education
A few years later, we began to support myclimate educational projects in addition to the donations to climate protection projects. As a major training company, we have been involved in climate education since 2016, supporting our own apprentices as well as those from other companies.
Environmental and climate protection is embraced and taught among employees and trainees. We involve our junior staff in the design of tangible environmental protection measures. Twice already, apprentices have been able to demonstrate their creativity as part of the Griesser Company Challenge and actively contribute to reducing the company's carbon footprint with their ideas and projects. We now conduct the Company Challenge every two years with our apprentices.
Between 2016 and 2021, we also participated as a funding partner in the overarching myclimate Energy and Climate Workshop education program, a national project competition for apprentices in the field of climate protection and energy efficiency. Thanks to this support, countless other young apprentices throughout Switzerland were reached in addition to the company's own apprentices.
Griesser implements a holistic climate strategy
In 2018, we decided to approach the topic of climate protection in an even more strategic and holistic way, based on a comprehensive climate vision.
Based on a CO2 balance sheet, a climate vision with clear strategic thrusts was developed in collaboration with myclimate between 2019 and 2021. We are currently in the process of implementing our vision.
In this way, we would like to continue our efforts to make an effective contribution to climate protection, not only in terms of corporate responsibility, but also in the areas of product innovation and business development.
One particularly exciting insight drawn from this process was the confirmation that our products are already part of the climate protection solution for buildings. This is because solar shading systems regulate the heat and cold balance of buildings by keeping heat in the building or blocking sunlight, depending on the season.