The IB Supports the Friday for Future Protests

Approximately 1,500 IB employees joined the Fridays for Future protests on 20 September 2019. Also the IB Executive Board supported the worldwide protests.

With its environmental engagement and the activities throughout the IB Group supporting environmental and climate protection, the IB is helping to ensure that as few resources as possible are consumed. Since the beginning of the year 2019, all of the IB's 1,000 facilities have been supplied with green electricity. The IB's central purchasing department is looking for competitive products that have been fairly traded and produced in an ecologically correct manner. In addition, concepts for sustainable education have been developed.

"The creation of equal opportunities and fairness is an important focus of the IB's work," explains Thiemo Fojkar, Chairman of the IB Executive Board. "This must also apply to environmental protection. For example, we need mobility concepts for everyone, including those who may not be able to afford a new electric car. Of course, this does not mean that we should continue to focus on cars with combustion engines that are harmful to the environment as a whole, but that are significantly cheaper to purchase and maintain. The expansion of local and long-distance public transport must go much faster, prices must be structured in such a way that everyone remains mobile," he demands.

According to Fojkar, these are challenges that are currently not taken into account enough. This also includes, for example, that organic products should become standard and affordable for everyone. Environmentally conscious behaviour must be possible for people of all income levels. "What is needed now are political decisions. It must finally take the issues of sustainability, the environment and climate protection more seriously. Today's demonstrations are a sign that the people in this country are often more advanced than politicians* think," says Thiemo Fojkar.

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