Some people call it transformation - others call it revolution. Either way, a radical shift in thinking is needed if - with a world population of almost 9 million people - we do not want to drown under mountains of garbage. Scholz & Volkmer has also radically rethought the agency's philosophy. One of our long-term goals is devoted to "environments". In other words, our contribution to a sustainable world.
On the one hand, we have started working on ourselves. We have taken a look at how we "live" in the agency. What we consume and how we can optimise our consumption. On the other hand, we have put our expertise to good use - implementing digital communication that sets new standards. And we do this for both our "good" clients, such as NGOs, foundations, etc. and of course above all for our key account clients.
Scholz & Volkmer's commitment can be split into four main domains, or "environments": the agency, the employees, activities in the region and work for clients. In each of these domains our objective is to develop ideas and concepts and often also experiments that generate awareness for sustainable behaviour.
Facts and figures related to sustainability at Scholz & Volkmer: In the climate report the agency analyses its consumption and CO2 emissions in detail. This analysis is performed separately for the different locations and units and focuses on electricity, heating, travel, paper and the see Conference. Parallel to this, the report identifies measures as to how the agency can optimise their consumption on an ongoing basis. The new climate report also shows how the figures have been calculated and how the level of consumption compares to the previous years. In 2012, this report was published as a poster supplement to the 2011 report.
During the Christmas festivities, we produce much more C02 than usual. Scholz & Volkmer and BUND (German environment and nature conservation agency) jointly developed the www.co2nachten.net online platform to address this problem. At this platform, users could select and carry out actions to reduce their own CO2 consumption and give them as a gift to friends and family either per email or via Facebook. These "home-made" gifts saved a total of 25 tonnes of CO2.
Scholz & Volkmer has been climate neutral since October 2011. The technical inspection association TÜV Hessen evaluated the agency's CO2 emissions in a 6-month certification process. In a joint climate-protection project with natureOffice in Togo / West Africa, the 144 tonnes of CO2 measured were offset with a reforestation programme. Parallel to this, the agency did not rest on its laurels, but started defining its new environmental goals for the agency in 2012. (Certificate number DE-101-192487)
This blog, which focuses on new and sustainable mobility concepts, was originally developed as part of an internal training programme at Scholz & Volkmer. Today an agency editorial team is devoted entirely to maintaining this portal and communicating developments in the field of alternative engines to the general public. It also features a contribution about the new Tesla Roadster - a vehicle powered completely by electricity - which was loaned to the griin team for test driving.
This blog provides Scholz & Volkmer staff with information and tips about environmentally friendly behaviour in all areas of daily life. Produced by our employees for other employees to help reduce our individual carbon footprints.
Since 2006, Scholz & Volkmer has organised the international see Conference in Wiesbaden. Sustainability was the focus of this "conference for the visualization of information" for the first time in 2011. Drawing more than 800 visitors, "see" has become one of the major German design conferences.
Scholz & Volkmer jointly developed the 2010 Christmas project with BUND (German environment and nature conservation agency). "Karren im Dreck", a film featuring Heinz Hönig, is about the difficulties surrounding Father Christmas's journey - his sleigh gets stuck in the mud because of a lack of snow due to climate change.
In 2009, Scholz & Volkmer was the only agency in Germany to receive an award in the "family-friendly company" category from the Minister for Family Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen.
The Scholz & Volkmer employees were deeply shocked by the Fukushima reactor disaster and, as a result, they spontaneously took part in the "anti-atom Monday demonstrations" and protests in Wiesbaden.
Based on the measurements of the agency's consumption and its resulting CO2 emissions, the employees receive training on how to further cut their consumption and emissions. This includes areas such as travel guidelines, material purchasing, postage and energy saving.
To avoid producing unnecessary CO2 emissions with travel, the unit excursions and annual Christmas outing are held in the region around Wiesbaden. Canoeing on the Lahn River or hiking in the local forest are healthy activities that do not damage the environment.
Scholz & Volkmer likes to give books or DVDS by pioneers and lateral thinkers on topics such as climate protection and sustainable business as Christmas gifts - the book "Our Choice" by Al Gore in 2010, the "Our Oceans" DVD in 2011.
New additions to the families of Scholz & Volkmer employees are given a personalised t-shirt to welcome them into the community.
Scholz & Volkmer employees can try out alternative forms of mobility with the agency's own e-bike. They can also test the e-bike on weekends and travel in a carbon-neutral manner in their leisure time.
Staff development is important for Scholz & Volkmer and the programme included topics related to the environment - 2 out of 30 courses were devoted to the topic of sustainability. For example, the employees could take part in a workshop about fuel-efficient driving.
Scholz & Volkmer consciously promotes a range of team activities as a balance for their employees workload, giving them a good reason to leave the office in the evenings. The staff has set up basketball and football teams or relax together in yoga or dance courses.
Even adults often struggle to imagine what day-to-day work in an agency is like. In order to give our employees' children an idea of their parents' jobs, the children are invited to spend an afternoon at the "children's office" in the agency every two months. They work creatively on a topic - for example, making wind wheels, experimenting with megaphones or recording an audio play.
The pre-Christmas season is normally characterised by a whirlwind of activity in companies. However, in the 2010 Christmas season, Scholz & Volkmer employees deliberately slowed down their activities. Lunch-time breaks were extended by an hour and the employees were offered relaxation exercises. Even www.s-v.de went offline during this time. Friends and agency clients were invited to join in live and watch the employees relaxing via webcam.
Scholz & Volkmer developed an interactive campaign for "Atlantis", the unique nature and environment film festival, free-of-charge for the second time. This year, a virtual safari through the state capital of Hesse drew attention to animals in distress.
In 2009, Scholz & Volkmer supported the "Atlantis" nature and environment film festival for the first time. A shop window-sized touch screen generated awareness and encouraged passers-by to interact with it. By touching the screen, they could browse through the festival programme using an interactive wheel and select relevant film clips.
Scholz & Volkmer has been committed to and has collaborated with The Grammen Creative Lab and its founders, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Hans Reitz, head of the Global Social Business Summit, on a long-term basis.
Michael Volkmer helped initiate a think tank in which creative professionals of all disciplines discuss the possibilities for sustainable urban development for the state capital of Hesse with Wiesbaden's Mayor Dr. Helmut Müller.
Over the last three years we have supported institutions or initiatives in Wiesbaden with very simple and practical measures - for example by renovating a ward in an old people's home or repairing a skateboard facility.
Since the premiere of Designtage Wiesbaden five years ago, Scholz & Volkmer has been involved in the event series and has invited the public to visit the agency on the open house days. Designers, design enthusiasts, clients, S&V staff and people hoping to join the agency have the opportunity to network and actively exchange opinions there. The event has become a permanent fixture in the calendars of designers in the area of Wiesbaden. It is not only supported by the agencies, but also by the Wiesbaden Chamber of Commerce and the Rhein-Main University of Applied Sciences.
There is often a very grateful taker for many of the things we no longer need - and that is also a form of sustainability. Repairing things rather than ditching them is another option. Visitors at the Scholz & Volkmer re-use flea market can either haggle over the goodies on sale or have their bicycles professionally repaired in the future.
Once a year, the agency's employees can suggest social projects that they think should be supported in Wiesbaden and the region; a donation is made to these projects at Christmas. The suggestions range from foundations such as the Bärenherz children's hospice through to small projects by agency acquaintances or commitment by employees.
Scholz & Volkmer developed an interface to analyse mobility data in an EU research project with e-bike users for energy supplier EnBW. The goal is to make the future viability of e-mobility measurable and to visualise individual eco-audits for over 500 participants in the "electronaut portal".
The Okeanos Internet portal shows the philosophy and activities of the "Foundation for the sea". It promotes scientific projects that protect the sea and maintain the delicate balance, makes the results available to the general public and generates interest in the fascinating wonder of the underwater world.
Inspired and touched by an encounter with a white whale, Dieter Paulmann started filming whales and other sea dwellers several years ago. The "whale footage" website makes this high-quality film material available to the general public free-of-charge for non-commercial purposes and for the benefit of marine protection.
Scholz & Volkmer developed a platform for action devoted to intergenerational justice for the World Future Council Foundation of Jakob von Uexküll, founder of the Alternative Nobel Prize. Future Justice aimed to have ombudsmen involved in the declaration of the 2012 Rio Conference and, in turn, to influence the decisions of the conference with regard to future generations.
In 2000, Heads of State and Government from 189 countries gathered together to draw up a plan of action with eight concrete objectives for making a better world by 2015. Scholz & Volkmer created the website for this campaign in Germany. A distinctive feature of the website was: By sending e-cards and via social media, each of us can influence the politicians responsible for our region and remind them of the objectives. Because one person alone cannot change the world - but lots of people together can.
UNITAID - the international organisation for buying medicine to treat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis - has a budget that largely originates from mechanisms of innovative aid funding. The majority of the budget is generated from a solidarity surcharge on flight tickets. S&V created a webspecial for the thank-you campaign: The user follows a paper airplane around the world and finds out everything about UNITAID's commitment. Since being founded in 2006, the organisation has raised almost $1 billion of aid money.
The website draws attention to the foundation's most important goal: renewal of Western culture to make it sustainable and generalisable. This requires a new understanding of culture and an awareness of the risks of growing material prosperity. The foundation was founded by the famous social scientist and publicist Prof. Meinhard Miegel together with Dieter Paulmann, founder and long-term board member and subsequently chairman of the supervisory board of DIS AG.
Development of an eye-catching social media campaign in the form of a Facebook app focusing on the topic of domestic abuse for Terre des Femmes. The Virtual Victim campaign was designed to generate awareness for the topic of domestic abuse, draw attention to the lack of moral courage and shake the Facebook community into action.
Scholz & Volkmer developed an interactive map to visualise key aspects of the world's change processes over the next 40 years for a conference of the Frankfurt Zukunftsrat. The purpose of the conference was to present the "Global Change" paper about the future - rising sea levels, desertification and demographic outlook. The resulting consequences can be easily seen on the map, which was given to ambassadors and the media within the framework of the conference.
In this webspecial, Stiebel Eltron provides advice on heat pumps; all aspects of different heating systems are compared and the advantages and disadvantages are presented clearly and in a way that is relevant for the users. As a result, it genuinely supports decision-making.