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ImageProject Title OrganizationName of organizationLogoContaktMotivationBrief descriptionMeasuresObstaclesBenefitPoverty reductionResultsLinksRealizationAspect of sustainability Level of sustainabilityCountryHDIFootprint
Gaudis AG Michelsamt Value Added Community
Christina Bachmann-Roth, CEO Gaudis AG, Stift 27, 6215 Berom√ľnster 041 931 02 51
With our regional specialities, we want to create added value for the consumers and for all the links in the value-added chain from farmers to marketing.
In the Michelsamt region farmers, cheesemakers and product marketing have joined together to create a value added community. The goal is to produce sustainable regional products from scratch. Even animal food is growing in the region. Farmers who are working with the project are not importing any Soya from Brasil, corn gluten from China or lucerne from France. Instead they are growing their own animal feed.
The guidelines for the primary production as well as the respective control plan have been developed within the community. The trademark policies contain concrete requirements in regard to animal farming, (Cows must be let out onto the meadow for 26 out of 30 days in the vegetation period), feeding and biodiversity. Meanwhile 11 farms have already completely changed their feed. There is a transition period for these changes. The cheese makers are obliged to share the added value, earned through additional product sales with the farmers. Gaudis AG marketed the Michelsamt products on behalf of the community.
Yes the obstacles at the start of the project were big: - can value added really be achieved? - are consumers prepared to pay more? - is the inland feed for the animals not too expensive for the farmers and can the expensive acquisition be compensated by the milk price? - Will the health of the animals suffer too much? - In part critical attitude towards community projects in general. - Obstacles could be overcome partly through analysis but above all through individual people who occupy a pioneering role (Farmers who, from the very beginning, represent and implement the idea). And we simply started after a certain planning period.
Raising awareness about consumption. Regional products are not actually regional products. Almost up to 100% of power feed comes from abroad. There, production is less monitered in relation to ecology, plant protection as well as genetic engineering and the CO2 emissions are much higher because of the longer logistic paths.
Local animal feed means no contribution towards environmental and social problems in the feed cultivation in South America such as greenhouse gas emissions because of forest clearings, land conflicts between businesses and local populations, impoverishment of biodiversity and endangerment of the local food security through crop farming for export. In Switzerland the marketing raises awareness towards the feed problems (> 80% of the protein feedstuff comes from abroad) and demonstrates that regional alternatives are economical.
The sale of about 10 t??? Michelsamt cheese in Switzerland 2015. High cheese quality can be maintained despite the change in milk production. Herd management works. Cows are healthy. Raising consumers awareness about the procurement of feed.
environment / economy
sustainable objectives
StopArmut (Stop Poverty)
Paper products play an important role in awareness raising - be it as advertising material, info leaflets or meeting documents. Thereby, the handling of paper is an important factor in our sustainable organisational culture.
We wanted to know, - what relevant environmental and social aspects there are for paper and printing - what is currently considered as exemplary and - how we can become an example in this area
1) Internet research on the facts -> creation of an infomation leaflet 2) Discussion in the StopArmut team about the draft of StopArmut standards 3) Colltective decicision on a feasible paper and print policy sponsored by the StopArmut team.
a) The previous standard printing house could not fill the desired criteria at first. They did not want to change. In this case a meeting was asked for. b) The opinion that a sustainable printing policy is not financially affordable had to be disproved through market research.
Visable role model function: sustainable use of paper shows social responsibility and environmental awareness. Simplified work processees: the standards create clarity in internal processes, responsibilities and standards in the selection of paper and printing plants.
Fairer life in the North means to reduce the resource consumption in the North in favour of the countries in the global south. Every one in five trees is cut down for the production of paper. Paper from responsible forestry i.e. recycled paper observes environmental protection and social law of indigenous people.
Improved sustainablitity blance of the work of StopArmut: - printed material is produced carbon neutral -> no impact on the climate - printing amounts are being questioned and reduced -> less paper waste - wirtten organisatonal standards -> protection of the organisational knowledge Materials for awareness: information leaflet on paper and printed products for Change Maker including guidelines to labels Demand for sustainable products: With its orders, StopArmut strengthens the demand for sustainable paper and printing products.
Print policy from StopArmut availalable on request
Information Leaflet
Changemakerprotrait as PDF
environment / society / economy
sustainable processes
Climate Stewards
At Climate Stewards, we believe that Jesus’s command to love our neighbour means that each of us has a part to play in tackling climate change, which affects our global neighbours first and worst. Our motto is 'Reduce what you can, offset the rest!'.
We encourage individuals and organisations to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by supporting community-based tree planting and renewable energy projects in the developing world.
Central to the Climate Stewards website is a carbon calculator which enables people to calculate the carbon emissions from flights, land transport, household and office energy and general consumption. The money received from donors is used to support community-based tree planting, cook-stove and solar projects in the developing world.
1. Many people have not heard of carbon offsetting, so there is a constant need to promote and market our work. 2. Some people do not like offsetting because it distracts from carbon reductions - this requires education and marketing to explain that we are encouraging people to first reduce and then offset their carbon emissions. 3. It is not always easy to find Christian partner organisations carrying out good carbon mitigation projects to work with.
Individuals and organisations are challenged and equipped to measure their carbon emissions, to reduce that they can, and to offset the rest. Communities in the developing world suffering from the impacts of climate change and given resources to mitgate and adapt to climate change.
Communities are funded to plant indigenous trees which not only absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, but provide shade, fruit and fuel from thinnings, protect watersheds, reduce erosion and increase biodiversity. Farmers are paid with inputs and cash to maintain the trees, and incentive schemes such as beehives and training provide new sources of forest-based livelihoods.
In the past ten years over 100 ha of new community forest has been created in Ghana, bringing multiple benefits to the global and local environment, local people and schoolchildren. At the same time, many individuals, churches and other organisations have been encouraged to reduce their carbon footprint and offset what they cannot reduce.
environment / society / economy / economy
sustainable processes
UK | Ghana | Mexico | Kenya
0.9 | 0.6 | 0.5 | 0.8
4.9 | 2.0 | 1.0 | 2.9
Giving What We Can
Dominic Roser as a member of Giving What We Can email:; twitter: @dominicroser
Our aim is to make a genuine difference in the fight against poverty.
Our initiative has three parts: 1. We pledge to live with 90% of our salary until retirement and to donate the rest. 2. The donations do not go to any project but rather to those poverty eradication projects which we honestly believe to be the most effective. 3. We make our pledge public in order to promote the idea that sharing part of our income is something normal and beautiful.
Once per year, my wife and I (we signed the pledge jointly) 1. examine how much we earned in the previous year 2. go on or on in order to find out about the most effective ways to fight against poverty 3. donate 10% of our income.
1. It is challenging to find the time for carefully assessing what might currently be the most effective projects to donate our money to. 2. Some people have the impression that this is all about making ourselves look noble whereas in reality it is simply and plainly about transferring resources to those who need them for liberating themselves from poverty.
The initiative provides donated money for the purpose of fighting effectively against poverty.
This is the aim of the initiative: To fight poverty in the global South through long-term financial donations to the most effective projects.
Since 2013
sustainable objectives
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