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  • Dear Readers!

    When looking at the news over the last few months, one could gain the impression that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of global business. In addition to social stability, the aim and objective of any rational government policy must nevertheless be to secure and wherever possible augment the prosperity of citizens. Trade barriers and isolationism lead in the opposite direction. That is why the punitive tariffs or even the Brexit are not the best option. We do not need less globalisation, but rather more if together we are to meet the global challenges of the future. At least the compromise that has now been achieved between the EU and the United Kingdom would appear to offer a very promising temporary solution. 

    “Tomorrow starts today“, is a slogan at REMONDIS, and as a leader in water management and recycling, we and our roughly 32,000 staff members work day in day out so as to preserve the planet as a hospitable place with a high quality of life for coming generations. To this end, we need open borders and as few barriers as possible to business at the international level. REMONDIS is a global player. We provide solutions for our industrial and municipal customers transnationally and efficiently while leveraging considerable synergies. The services we offer are both rooted at the regional level and networked internationally and are unique in terms of their variety in the water management and recycling business. REMONDIS develops many different segments at the same time and ascribes to the principle of vertical integration. Our customers have access to a combined service portfolio ranging from the collection, treatment, recycling, recovery, transport, logistics and water management all the way to industrial services in the area of repair and maintenance. Our customers and partners profit from this, thereby making a contribution to environmental and climate protection. 

    Environmental protection and raw materials management are transnational. From this angle, one could see the Chinese ban on imports of dirty plastic waste, electronic waste, waste paper and additional waste fractions as a major opportunity. With its clear raw materials strategy, the Middle Kingdom is forcing the European recycling industry to change directions. To do this, Europe needs to redouble its own efforts, however. An eco-design directive for the recyclability of products should force all manufacturers to design their products in such a manner so that they can be 100% recycled at the end of their life cycle. The recycling industry should raise the quality of all recycled material to the primary level by means of greater investments in better sorting and recovery as well as innovative new processes. In this regard as well, REMONDIS has been underscoring its role as a leader in innovation with targeted investments. One very promising new strategy is to return plastic waste to its original chemical state, so-called chemical recycling. And last but not least, policy-makers should create a system of economic incentives to foster the use of recycled raw materials by industry. The best raw material is of no use if nobody is interested in buying it. Each and every municipality and city can serve as a good example in public tenders already now and prioritise the advantage to the climate instead of focusing only on the lowest price.

    REMONDIS is at present leading the way by serving as a role model and investing in new plants and equipment.  

    We hope you enjoy reading the new edition of REMONDIS aktuell.

    Yours truly,

    Egbert Tölle

Twelve prize-winners in all

At this year‘s presentation of the “Vektor“ on 13 January 2018, the Polish Employers‘ Association commended twelve persons and institutions for their extraordinary achievements and enormous contributions to the Polish economy. The prize-winners also included Norbert Rethmann, honourable chairman of the supervisory board
of the RETHMANN Group.

A festive ceremony in Warsaw

The Vektor prize is awarded each year by the Employers‘ Association of the Republic of Poland, which with its 19,000 member enterprises and over five million employees is the biggest Polish business association.

At a festive ceremony held in Warsaw, Dr. Andrzej Malinowski, President of the Employers‘ Association, awarded the Vektor 2017 to twelve prize-winners – among them Norbert Rethmann, member and honorary chairman of the supervisory board of the RETHMANN Group, which is active in the Polish market with its divisional companies REMONDIS, Rhenus and SARIA. 

“Our group is active in many countries, but
Poland and the people living in this beautiful country are particularly close to my heart.“

Norbert Rethmann, member and honorary chairman of the supervisory board of the company group

Poland is close to his heart

Norbert Rethmann was pleased by the award, expressing his gratitude with these words: “We came to Poland in 1992 and were treated like friends and partners. Thanks to the work of many outstanding Polish employees, business activities have developed along a very positive trajectory: The company group with its divisional companies REMONDIS, Rhenus and SARIA employs a total of around 4,500 employees at approximately 70 Polish sites. Our group is active in many countries, but Poland and the people living in this beautiful country are especially close to my heart.“

Award presented for a variety of reasons

    • The Vektor is a recognition for extraordinary contributions to Polish business and aims at helping to create an environment conducive to business and innovation. Norbert Rethmann was commended for his many years of personal commitment to good relations between Poland and Germany and steady investment in the Polish market. Moreover, the commendation extends to his wide-ranging projects in the social and environmental area.

    • Poland is close to his heart. The company group now employs a total of 4,500 staff members at around 70 sites

    Representatives of government, business, culture and the media gathered for the festive event. The honourable guest at this year‘s prize award was the Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who was awarded the Super Vektor for the strategy of responsible economic development.

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