We commit Ourselves
We do not want to turn a blind eye to the problems of our society and the world. Therefore, as a part of our corporate social responsibility, we support several social projects in Germany and in the countries of origin of our fruits.
The dream of a medal already ended in the water
Saarbrücken/Buxtehude. The conditions seemed to be excellent, the training had been hard, and the will was there. And nevertheless: Anne Haug, supported by sponsor Global Fruit Point, amongst others, left the Olympic Games in in Rio without having been on the podium. The ex-vice world champion finished 36th. Now, having had some time for reflection, she commented on the events at the Olympics: "Of course, that was neither the position nor the performance I had hoped for and for which I had prepared myself meticulously together with my whole team for three years," the athlete said about her result after the 1.5 km swimming competition, the 38.5 km bicycle race and the 10 km footrace. She herself had been "extremely disappointed" and first had to "let everything sink in".
Her dream of a medal already ended in the water; already during the first part of the competition she had lost touch with the top. The team world champion reached the beach of Copacabana more than two minutes behind the leader. The 33 year-old athlete from Saarbrücken has been looking in vain for the concrete reasons. “I’m still at a loss to understand why things went so badly at the swimming competition", she commented her race. The top group with its high tempo gave Anne Haug no chance to get closer to the medal positions. On the contrary: The gap continued to increase despite her eager commitment. Haug: "However, I fought until the end and wanted to show in any case that I would have been able to compete in the race for the medals." According to the triathlete, the physical conditions were optimal. "I was neither injured nor ill, and I was standing at the starting line in top condition”, said the vice world champion of 2012. But in the end her undisputed running capabilities and her fighting spirit weren’t enough to change the course of the race in her favour.
She thanked her sponsors and fans for their huge and motivating encouragement before and after the competition. Anne Haug: "I would like to take this opportunity to give my warmest thanks to everybody for the trust and the support I received."
Foto: Julia Seibt
Vocational training. Excellent.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry interviewed young people about the factors that make a company attractive for vocational training. The result: The most important point for young people is a good working atmosphere and a familiar environment. They also wish to be taken seriously as a person already during their apprenticeship. The opportunity to learn a lot during the vocational training is almost equal in importance to the students. They consider the apprenticeship as an investment into their professional future for which they want to be prepared in the best and most comprehensive way possible. The study was published under the title “How to become an attractive employer for trainees” („Attraktiv als Ausbildungsbetrieb – was tun?“).
The general managers of Global Fruit Point are happy about the continuing interest of young people who are keen to start their professional career at GFP. “We see the vocational training as an obligation toward the young generation. The fact that students consider our company as an attractive employer confirms our corporate culture”, says the management.
Hamburg EuroEyes Cyclassics and Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon
Fresh fruits and sport are fun and keep you fit – that’s why Global Fruit Point supports many sport activities. Also this year, Hamburg will host two international sport events:
15/16-07-2017: Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon, with approx. 10,000 active participants and 300,000 spectators, is part of the World Championship Series.
20-08-2017: Hamburg EuroEyes Cyclassics are Europe’s biggest cycle race with more than 20,000 active participants and 700,000 spectators.
Internet: EuroEyes Cyclassics
Global Fruit Point sponsored fresh fruit for the athletes of both events in the past years. Also the 2017 events will be sponsored by Global Fruit Point.
Hex Valley High School in South Africa
During the first semester 2016, the Hex Valley High School in De Doorns (about 100 km northeast from Cape Town) succeeded in implementing the first part of the “Hextech Project“ aiming at of a stronger use of modern information technology at school. 80 tablets were bought and television sets with internet access were installed in several classrooms. Teachers participated in workshops to familiarize themselves with the possibilities of using the equipment. As a next step, there will be informative meetings with the parents of the pupils, and as of August the students and their teachers will use the tablets and television sets regularly in the classroom.
We support this project together with the company Grape Alliance, an important producer from the region.
Housing Project in Hex River Valley, South Africa
With the support of Global Fruit Point, it was possible to renovate the houses of workers at the “Prosper Fair” farm of AS Viljoen Boerdery in South Africa’s Hex River Valley. A number of the homes had neither warm water nor bathrooms or indoor toilets, and some of the roofs were leaky. Many workers and their families had been living for years under such conditions.
When AS Viljoen Boerdery, a producer and exporter who has been working with Global Fruit Point for many years, took over the farm in 2013, they were determined to improve the living conditions of the workers. Global Fruit Point contributed to the project by financing comprehensive renovation works. Showers and indoor toilets with running water as well as small solar water heaters were installed in several houses and some roofs were replaced.
Augrabies Academy in South Africa
Due to the strong growth of the population in South Africa’s Augrabie region, the state school system cannot guarantee an adequate education anymore. A private initiative therefore founded the Augrabies Academy in 2005 with the aim of offering a high level school leaving certificate especially to children of families that were formerly discriminated by the Apartheid system. At present about 25% of the students come from such families, among them also many children of farm workers. The mid-term objective is to increase the percentage to 50%. As those families are generally not in a position to pay the tuition fees on their own, they receive allowances from private donations. GFP gives yearly financial support to the school project in Augrabie, in cooperation with the Dippenaar family, an important producer from the Orange River region.
Children’s Hospice Sternenbrücke („Star Bridge“)
We support Sternenbrücke, a children’s hospice in Hamburg. Paediatric nurses and social workers provide loving care to their terminally ill young patients. The hospice is open to everybody and offers its help to all families independently of individual financial standing. To do so, the hospice depends on regular donations which are destined to help the affected families in their tragic situation.
Súmate Foundation, Chile
The Súmate Foundation (link in Spanish language) in Santiago de Chile supports young people from poor families by financing professional training or university studies. With its own schools for disadvantaged children and young people, the foundation aims at reintegrating them into the standard school system or, in the case of older youths, preparing them for the working world. In addition, the foundation offers individual seminars and workshops to increase the participants’ skills and improve their employability.
96% of the participants of the Súmate program find employment after their studies and contribute to improve the life quality of their families. Together with the Chilean exporter Greenvic we support the foundation with the financing of scholarships.
Together with the South African exporter Franschhoek Growers we have sponsored the Franschhoek Pirates, a local South African soccer team. The young team, aged between 16 and 20, has been provided with shirts, shoes, bags and soccer balls.
By giving the youngsters regular opportunities to play soccer, their coach, the packhouse manager of Franschhoek Growers, wants to keep them off the streets and away from crime. Our contact with Franschhoek Pirates was established in 2009, one year later in 2010 the Soccer World Cup in South Africa was an amazing event for the young people. Since then we have regularly been supporting further social projects in South Africa.
Since 2006 KidSwing International e. V. promotes golf as integrative sports for children and young people with different kinds of disabilities.
Playing golf helps the children and young people in many different ways: They develop more self-confidence and improve their motor skills and ability to concentrate. KidSwing International maintains international contacts in Europe, America and Australia and organizes summer camps with handicapped children of other countries. Global Fruit Point supports the work of the association with donations.
We sponsor apples for the students of a local school on a daily basis and have participated in the financing of two painting books that try to make children aware of social and environmental topics.