Hilti adopts Anastazja the giraffe
Warsaw, 21 June 2021 – Hilti has adopted Anastazja the giraffe from the Warsaw ZOO. Taking care of an animal is yet another step taken by Hilti Polska to be a truly environment-friendly company. The date of the adoption announcement coincided with the World Giraffe Day falling on 21st June, the longest day of the year. This is a clear reference to this adorable animal’s neck.
Adoption of Anastazja the giraffe
Hilti has been actively involved in sustainable development for many years. Its activities in this area are based on three pillars: the environment, people, and society. Anastazja’s adoption is the best example of the company’s commitment to the protection of these animals, that have been on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2016. According to the latest update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the global giraffe population has dropped by as much as 40% over the last 30 years.
Under the agreement concluded with the PANDA Foundation for the Development of the Warsaw Zoological Garden, valid by the end of 2021, the funds provided by Hilti will be allocated to the maintenance of Anastazja the giraffe, which will contribute to the protection of this endangered species.
The giraffe symbolizes understanding and honesty. It is not a predator, yet it lives in the harsh environment of lions, hyenas and other predatory animals. This symbolism somehow relates to the values professed by Hilti, i.e. righteousness and courage. Support for a species on the verge of extinction is very important to us. We want to build a better future based on the principles of sustainable development, and Hilti values develop a responsible attitude, not only in business, but also in private life” – says Anna Pańkowska, Marketing Director at Hilti Poland.
Anastazja reaches higher
Anastazja was born on 29 July 2015 in Liberec (Czech Republic). She is an elder sister of Malawi with whom she lives in the Warsaw Zoo. The two giraffes settled down in Warsaw on 29 August 2018. Anastazja is about 4.5 meters high and her weight is about 800 kg. As for the character, it is a rather calm giraffe, but also not very trusting. She is cautious about new situations and people she does not know, but she is not as skittish as her friend Justynka. Anastazja is not a glutton. Willow twigs, preferably fresh and not soiled, are her favourite delicacy.
Anastazja starts her day with breakfast made of alfalfa hay. Later, she goes to the paddock, where she savours the taste of her favourite twigs and alfalfa forage. Of course, there is also grass to nibble. As it comes to dinner time, the giraffes move impatiently around at the stall doors. Inside, there is a feast of concentrated fodder (special granules with vegetables) and alfalfa hay. Of course, fresh water and vitaminized licks are available all the time. The day timetable suggests that Anastazja is a real devourer – says Bożena Krzemińska from the PANDA Foundation.
Sustainable development in the Hilti Group
To meet the growing challenges of climate change and make consistent efforts for society, the Hilti Group has enhanced the goals initially set as part of its Sustainable Development Strategy and has launched a number of global and local initiatives. The program is based on a holistic understanding of sustainable development, covering strategic areas of activity, namely “the environment”, “people”, and “society”.
As for “the environment”, the Company has changed the deadline for achieving CO2 neutrality in its own value chain. The new deadline is 2023 (the originally one was 2030). The transition to energy from renewable sources in all Hilti plants around the world was completed as early as at the end of 2020. This will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20%, i.e. 40,000 metric tons per year. The circular economy principle – decoupling resource consumption from economic growth – is the second central pillar of the environmental goals of the Group dealing with construction technology. The planned optimization measures include, among others, the further development of the cordless tool fleet management business model, operating in accordance with the “product as a service” principle. We will also strive to increase the share of recycled materials in Hilti products and packaging. By focusing on “people”, the Hilti Group addresses, among other things, the health and safety of construction workers. The aim is to mitigate the long-term health effects caused by heavy manual effort. These products are designed to support and relieve workers and craftsmen during particularly demanding manual work.
In order to contribute to solving social problems in the world to a greater extent, the Hilti Group and the Hilti Foundation will combine their activities even more closely in the future. Social projects implemented by the Foundation, with particular emphasis on developing countries, will be complemented with initiatives undertaken by members of Hilti teams in their countries. To this end, a global volunteer program called “Engaged Beyond Business” has been created to enable Hilti employees to invest time and money in local community projects.
You are invited to read the Sustainability Report of the Hilti Group:
Last Updated on June 25, 2021 by Karolina Ampulska