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  • Dear Readers!

    2018 has been an extraordinary year for our group. There have been some great business opportunities around – in the area of recycling as well as in the global market for mobility, both in the private and public transport sector. We have been able to make the most of these opportunities by taking steps to acquire DSD (Duales System Deutschland GmbH) – as has the RETHMANN Group, which is intending to purchase shares in Transdev, a leading global operator of mobility solutions based in France. Both transactions must still be approved by the rele-vant authorities.

    As an operator and global integrator of mobility solutions, Transdev – “the mobility company” – provides eleven million passenger trips every day, connecting people and places with its efficient and environmentally friendly transport services. Transdev advises and collaborates with public authorities and private sector firms providing sustainable, safe and innovative transport solutions.

    82,000 employees serve the company’s customers and passengers in 20 countries. In 2017, it generated a turnover of 6.6 billion euros. Transdev’s operations, however, not only include trains, trams and buses. People using the ferries in Sydney to get across Sydney Harbour are also Transdev’s customers. And the company’s portfolio also has cable car networks and auto-mated minibuses. With Transdev being so important for our family-run company, it makes absolute sense for the mobility group to become the RETHMANN Group’s fourth main field of business alongside REMONDIS, Rhenus and SARIA.

    This past year has been one of the driest since records began in Germany. This has, on the one hand, led to the water levels of our rivers being much lower than normal – quite possibly the lowest levels ever – causing huge problems for inland shipping companies and their customers. On the other, it has once again turned the spotlight on the subjects of climate change and resource conservation. The Vatican is also worried about “our Common Home”. Pope Francis made it clear just how worried he is when he wrote his “Laudato si’” encyclical. REMONDIS joined a number of other family business owners to attend the first Roman Forum, which was held in the Holy City and organised by the BDE [Federal Association of the German Waste Management Industry]. During the event, the participants had a moving meeting with the Holy Father who was impressed by the initiatives of these privately run businesses to promote sustainability.

    Talking about sustainability: Meyer Werft, a shipbuilding business in Papenburg, is also focusing on sustainable production activities – and on building environmentally friendly ships having recently launched its first gas-fuelled cruise ship. This traditional company is also being supported by REMONDIS. Heading for new shores together, so to speak.

    May we take this opportunity to thank you for your great support and collaboration over the last twelve months and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

    Ihr Ludger Rethmann

More than just the day-to-day business

  • REMONDIS has been celebrating its 25th anniversary in Stettin together with all those living and working in the region. The year-long celebrations have been run under the name “REMONDIS for Stettin” and have included a variety of events, such as competitions, concerts and art exhibitions. As far as the local inhabitants are concerned, REMONDIS is not only one of the region’s biggest recycling businesses, it is also a company steeped in tradition with strong ties to the region’s social and cultural environment.

An interesting competition

The main event of this 25th anniversary was a three-part competition – with the winners being presented with tickets to attend a live concert. The participants were able to go to an exclusive concert held by the well-known Polish band Audiofeels at the Stettin philharmonic hall as well as to a special music performance put on by the theatre group Buffo, a household name across the whole of Poland, and a concert with the young pop singer, Margaret. REMONDIS Stettin GmbH, however, felt that it was important that the competition was not only fun but informative as well and so the questions the participants had to answer covered the subjects of waste, recycling and environmental protection. And so, they had the opportunity to take part in an online quiz and guess which waste belonged in which bin.

A whole host of fun events

Each part of the competition focused on a different coloured wheelie bin. At the beginning of the year, the company concentrated on old glass, which is collected in green bins in Poland. The winners were the people who managed to solve the virtual task in the shortest amount of time.

REMONDIS has been making the most of its know-how to help Stettin and its waste management sector since the 90s. The company is now one of the region’s most respected brands.

The summer months took a detailed look at the yellow bin. This time the participants had to virtually sort plastic and metal waste. The last part of the quiz, the blue bin section, turned the spotlight on how paper and cardboard should be separated and recycled correctly. One of the primary goals the company has set itself is to explain to the local inhabitants about the importance of recycling. And this has proven to be a fun way of doing this – combining information with many great events. There was also much interest in the photo story “I’m just cleaning up here” put together by the Polish photographer, Tomasz Lazar. He spent time with REMONDIS’ employees documenting their day-to-day work and then put on an exhibition which proved popular among tourists and local residents alike.

2017 Employer of the Year

  • REMONDIS is well known for the support it has given many local social and cultural initiatives in Stettin over the years. In 2017, the company won first prize in a prestigious competition when it was named “Stettin Employer of the Year 2017” in the category, “Corporate Business Responsibility”.

    • The celebrations also included a number of performance acts

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