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  • Dear Readers!

    At the end of the year, it is never a bad idea to take a look back at what has been achieved and to try and predict what may happen in the coming year. 2014 was a turbulent year in many ways. The current conflicts in Europe and other parts of the world continue to affect the global economic climate. Chancellor Angela Merkel laconically summed up the situation at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, commenting that it was ‘impossible to overlook the fact that the current geopolitical tensions were not good for growth’. Against this backdrop and despite all the crises, we are very pleased to see that REMONDIS has enjoyed steady growth this year and strengthened its position on the global market. This can, on the one hand, be put down to the realignment and strengthening of our scrap metal activities and our maintenance and services division. On the other hand, REMONDIS has succeeded in expanding its regional presence and extending the reach of its networks both in Germany and abroad. This year, the company has also focused on intensifying its operations in core regions, i.e. in the regions it is expecting to experience long-term growth.

    Since the Solidarnosc era, Poland has developed into a kind of model EU member state with great prospects for growth and a genuine enthusiasm for the European ideal. In this positive economic climate, REMONDIS has not only managed to maintain but also to expand its position on the Polish market – and this can all be put down to the quality of its services and its ability to invest. Examples of this can be found in Stettin, Gliwice and Opole as well as in this issue of the REMONDIS aktuell magazine. Let us attempt to predict what may happen in 2015. Discussions are currently being held in Germany about passing a new recyclables law. We must wait and see just what challenges we will have to face. According to a report published by the Fraunhofer Umsicht Institute, carbon emissions could be reduced by 1.6 million tonnes if absolutely all recyclable waste in the country were to be collected and recycled. This would be the equivalent of a good 6% of the German government’s target to reduce its emissions by at least 40 percent by 2020. REMONDIS, as the biggest water, recycling and industrial services company, is ready and prepared to contribute towards achieving these goals.

    Healthy growth and sustainability will continue to be two sides of the same coin at REMONDIS in 2015. As always, we will drive our business forward to further stabilise and expand our company divisions. Such growth is only possible with well qualified and highly motivated staff and with satisfied customers and partners.

    We would like to use this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to you all and to wish you a very happy Christmas and all the very best for 2015.

    Yours

    Egbert Tölle

Employees in front of the camera

  • For two days, the Lippe Plant and its head office in Lünen were transformed into a professional photoshoot location. Occupying centre stage: modern truck drivers and their most important partner, their truck.

Truck drivers needed urgently

There are a number of explanations why there is a shortage of professional lorry drivers. Besides demographic change, the boom in the logistics sector and the lack of training opportunities, two of the main reasons why such a small number of young people wish to become truck drivers are changing social values and, to a certain extent, the profession’s negative image. REMONDIS employs a large number of qualified truck drivers. In order to ensure that they continue to have drivers in the future, many companies within the group are training young people in this profession. That though is not all. REMONDIS is now starting a major campaign to promote the company both as an employer and as a training company. 

    Three active supporters: Klaus Borawski (Lünen branch), Holger Pohl (Bochum branch) and David Werking (Münster branch)

Taking action against the shortage of drivers

“We feel it is very important to stress the fact that the drivers at REMONDIS are experts in their field, have specialist know-how and perform important tasks,” ­explained Vanessa Mauthe from the head office’s HR department in Lünen. “This campaign not only aims to make people more aware of the fact that REMONDIS employs truck drivers but – and this is its primary goal – to focus on the advantages of working as a truck driver at our company,” Vanessa Mauthe continued. REMONDIS truck drivers are not long-haul drivers. They have regulated working hours and it is very rare indeed if a driver has to cover distances of several hundred kilometres a day.

Uniform campaign to increase brand recognition

A further goal of the campaign, which officially begins at the beginning of 2015, is to ensure that uniform recruitment measures are implemented by the REMONDIS Group companies in their efforts to find new drivers, no matter where in the country they may be. “This is the only way to achieve brand recognition and this will benefit all the companies within the group over the long term,” said Alexa Dierks, also a personnel officer in Lünen, summing up just how important the campaign is.

Diverse advertising material planned

  • The models at the photoshoot were genuine REMONDIS truck drivers from REMONDIS Region West. “We were surprised that so many colleagues volunteered to take part and would like to thank them all very much for supporting our campaign,” concluded Alexa Dierks. A set of images will be put together to create an advertising kit which can then be used for designing adverts (for example for putting on the sides of trucks), flyers, posters, roll ups etc. All the REMONDIS companies will be able to access this kit and use it for their various requirements.

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