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Dona­ti­ons from Klasmann-Deilmann staff

20.12.2016 | Author: Dirk Röse | 0 Comments
Helping people in distress, supporting voluntary workers, helping people to help themselves – these central elements of our corporate social responsibility were at the heart of a small celebration at Klasmann-Deilmann, when Jörg de Groot and Managing Director Norbert Siebels presented two symbolic cheques for donations of EUR 4000 each to two organisations in the town of Twist called “Seitenblicke” and “Arche”. Ernst Schmitz, Mayor of Twist, Peter Liedtke from the local council and Heike Theisling, Chairwoman of “Seitenblicke” were all delighted to receive this welcome support.

As part of an internal fundraising campaign, the staff of Klasmann-Deilmann in Groß Hesepe had made generous donations as bids for advertising materials used by the Klasmann-Deilmann Group. They raised a total of EUR 4000 and that sum was then doubled by the management. Klasmann-Deilmann employee Jörg de Groot proposed the two organisations and arranged for transfer of the total sum of EUR 8000.

Norbert Siebels stated that for many years Klasmann-Deilmann had elected not to give Christmas gifts and had instead made donations to various non-profit organisations during the Advent season. “Although today’s donations fit in well with our corporate policy, they are nevertheless really special because the idea and the funds came from our employees,” said Siebels.


Encouraging voluntary workers (from left): Norbert Siebels, Ernst Schmitz, Peter Liedtke, Heike Theisling, Jörg de Groot.

Ernst Schmitz informed the attendees about the work done in the municipality of Twist to help members of the local population. He reminded them how quickly a stroke of fate could turn someone’s life upside down and how good it was to have somebody to turn to for help. Schmitz thanked the two organisations which provided help with such great commitment and also thanked the partners from other institutions, such as nurseries, schools and help for the aged, who supported these activities. “Our ‘Arche’ becomes involved when all other options have been exhausted and provides direct assistance without any red tape,” explained Peter Liedtke from the local Department of Public Order, Labour and Social Affairs. Heike Theisling added how important it was to provide not only financial assistance, but also personal support. “Being able to donate time is important. That is always in demand and is always gratefully received.” An app called “Twist packt mit an” – or “Twist lends a hand” – has been designed to coordinate requests for assistance and offers of assistance and is meanwhile very popular.

Norbert Siebels was impressed with the great variety of commitment within the community. “It is good that campaigns like this prevent people who live amongst us from becoming isolated and help to alleviate their distress. We sincerely hope that our contribution will support your good and useful work. We wish you great success in everything you do for the people in our region.”


It’s you we write for

Our blog’s editorial staff prepare news and topics relating to our company’s various areas of activity. Here, we briefly introduce the members of the editorial team. Don’t hesitate to use the e-mail addresses given here for purposes of feedback and further information, to ask questions and suggest topics.


Corporate Editor

Dirk Röse | Head of Corporate Communications

Dirk Röse has been at Klasmann-Deilmann since 2004 and heads up the Corporate Communications division. His contributions to our blog are mainly about the company’s latest news and day-to-day activities.

Competencies Editor

Hermann Limbers  | Head of Advisory Service & Quality Management

Hermann Limbers has been with Klasmann-Deilmann since 1983. As part of the Product Development team, his contribution has included his instrumental role in establishing our range of Lithuanian growing media and our organic substrates. His present-day focuses are on international customer guidance and quality management. He consistently enriches our blog with his unique expertise on many aspects of raw materials and products.

Careers Editor

Kim Karotki | Corporate Communications

Kim Karotki has, since 2015, enjoyed a wide-ranging remit pertaining to Klasmann-Deilmann’s internal communications. Her background in journalism stands her in good stead when it comes to researching and delving into complex issues. For her blog entries, she generally takes contributions to internal communications and explores them further; she also focuses on human-resources development and careers.

Sustainability Editor

Jan Köbbing | Sustainability Management

Dr Jan Köbbing has been pursuing various research projects at Klasmann-Deilmann since 2015, on topics including Sphagnum farming and the restoration of former peat extraction sites. As Sustainability Manager, he also coordinates our emissions reduction measures and the preparation of our climate footprints. His contributions to our blog relate mainly to corporate social responsibility.