The past and a half years SVZ has supported bee keepers associations near our locations, in a program to promote awareness of the importance of bees to our society. SVZ started to support bees on the Breda location, but has since developed various initiatives on other SVZ locations. Visible things, like growing flowerbeds have been combined with education and awareness, e.g. by lectures, visiting bee keepers and in our regular trainings for farmers regarding sustainable farming.
In 2017, SVZ celebrated its 150th anniversary. During this special year employees of SVZ showed their support for the bee by organizing sponsoring during sports events. In January of this year the local bee keepers associations were surprised with the cheques. The money will be put to use especially in education activities.
Biodiversity is important for us. As a leading company in the supply of fruit and vegetable ingredients for the global food industry, SVZ’s business activities are largely dependent on nature. Bees play a key role in maintaining our food supply. In fact, much of the raw materials SVZ processes, can only exist as a result of pollination by bees. The awareness program that SVZ have initiated together, focuses on education. SVZ wants to educate employees and visitors to our office about bees and their important role in our society, but we also want to create awareness on the difficulties bees face and give examples of what each individual could do to improve the habitat of bees.