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Andreas Schindler from Don Limón
“Sustainability is the new organic”“Sustainability is our language”, says Andreas Schindler, CEO of Don Limón. “We do not do business anymore purely for the business. We have activities all around the world that approach production and business using Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).”
Don Limón is focusing on sustainable fruit production. “Sustainability is a fundamental issue for us”, Andreas continues. We want our customers to know that we are focusing on sustainability. We feel a strong appreciation from our customers for our way of thinking. They can see that we are not only doing it to look good on paper. It is not just about the right certificates.”
These projects include grape production in India. “This is our flagship product in view of sustainable production”, says Andreas. “We have found a partner in India that has a very open, honest approach. We have ethical farmers and they have found their place in our system. I feel that even in the aggressive market of the fruit supply chain of the discount-retailer, our approach of an authentic, sustainable human approach is highly appreciated.”
Another of these projects is the production of sweet potatoes in Central America, India and Africa. Andreas explains, “We are working with an university in the Netherlands on a project in Ghana. We are globalising the production of sweet potatoes. Volume is increasingly rapidly. There is more than 100% more volume than last season. We are expecting more than 300 containers this year.” Don Limón is also developing fruit production in Africa in cooperation with the German Development Ministries.
“Our projects have to be holistically sustainable to be successful. We are no longer just trading; we are developing projects that make sense. It has to be logical for humanity”, says Andreas. He says their goals are SDG-orientated. These SDGs include several critical issues such as gender equality.
This goal is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and to fight all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. There is also the issue of responsible consumption and production. Here the aim is to implement a 10-year framework of programs on sustainable consumption and production, with all countries taking action. Developed countries would take the lead, bearing in mind their level of development and capabilities. This will ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Another issue is climate action. Urgent action must be taken to combat climate change and its impacts. The objective is to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. Here the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is considered to be the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.
Things have to make sense! Most of our business partners have a background of family business - The question: “Does it make Sense” is always in the air. Responsible behavior and decision-making is a must. Consciousness and Ethics are the basics of our corporate culture. Controls and numbers are only tools to check if we are sustainable – they are not conducting our strategy.
“The people we are working with appreciate our human approach and depth of knowledge” concludes Andreas. “We love what we do and, every day, we love doing it more.”
For more information:
Pilz Schindler GmbH
Tel: +49 0 40 3095499 45
Mob: +49 0 171 8583 211
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