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13
Mar

EUROPEAN CSR DIRECTIVE COMES INTO FORCE IN GERMANY

Yesterday, on 9 March 2017, the German Parliament finally adopted the “law to strengthen non-financial reporting of companies in their annual reports.” As the Federal Council, the upper house of the parliament, will probably approve the decision by the end of March, the law will then enter into force. With this resolution, the parliament in Berlin adopted the Directive 2014/95 /EU (European CSR Directive) into national law. Capital-market oriented companies, credit institutions and insurances with a company size of 500 employees must now report on their achievements in the areas of environment, society, employees, human rights and the fight against corruption. Companies can decide which...
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10
Mar

CEO TO SPEAK AT GERMANY-AFRICA BUSINESS FORUM

ForestFinest Consulting is pleased to announce that Dirk Walterspacher, CEO of the company, will be presenting on a panel at the 2017 Germany-Africa Business Forum being held on March 23rd in Berlin. This years’ conference will focus on technology and innovation hot spots and renewable energy opportunities in Africa. Dirk Walterspacher will be speaking on the fourth panel of the day discussing the question whether Germany’s transformation towards a low carbon energy supply can be applied to African countries as well. He will be joined by representatives from companies DLO Energy Resources Group, dVentus Technologies and Ecoligo. The Germany-Africa Business Forum draws together African business, political and societal leaders...
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28
Feb

GERMAN CHIMNEY SWEEPERS DRIVE CLIMATE FRIENDLY

Already 1.720 service vehicles of chimney sweepers in Germany drive climate friendly. The climate change mitigation project of the Federal Association of Chimney Sweepers has taken off since 2016 when state’s associations such as Saxony-Anhalt have started to support the project. Chimney sweepers are increasingly seen as “climate protection managers” for households. Through their action, they support climate protection efforts and underline their new role and know-how. CO2OL has been cooperating with the Federal Association in Germany for four years. The CO2 emissions from vehicles operations are offset by Gold Standard certified reforestation projects in Panama and Ethiopia. In addition, the Association supports...
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21
Feb

COCOA SPECIALIST TO SPEAK AT CHOCOA 2017

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Silke Elwers, Senior Consultant for Agroforestry and Cocoa, will be presenting on the main panel at the 2017 CHOCOA Conference, being held on February 24th, in Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam. The theme for this years’ conference is “Sustainable Cocoa: Integrity and Transparency”, recognizing the cocoa supply chain is in great need of a makeover if the goal is to establish both meaningful environmental and social sustainability, while creating a robust supply of quality cocoa. Recognizing that large investments from both public and private sectors are needed to transform the cocoa supply chain, CHOCOA...
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10
Feb

SUSTAINABLE COCOA PRODUCTION IN COLOMBIA

We are happy to announce that we have finished our first project with the National Federation of Cacao in Colombia (FEDECACAO) designing a methodology of payments for ecosystem services for cocoa farmers. FEDECACAO was established in 1960 and represents around 35.000 small and medium farmers in Colombia. The association helps cacoa producers with capacity building, technical support, technology transfer, the creation of commercialisation channels and increasingly supports environmental initiatives. ForestFinest Consulting has been assisting FEDECACAO since September 2016 to implement a payments for ecosystem service mechanism that includes protecting biodiversity, maintaining agroforestry, promoting the potential of carbon sequestration from reforestation as a climate change mitigation strategy...
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