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Sustainability

Sustainability

The Green Key

The Green Key is a voluntary eco-label award for sustainable companies. A company awarded the Green Key eco-label protects the environment in many ways, without sacrificing visitor comfort or quality. It goes a step further than customary laws and regulations require.

The mandatory and optional standards a company must achieve to be awarded the Green key have been established by the KMVK Foundation. You can find more information on the standards in the manual. The standards focus on internal and external communication, use of energy/gas/water, waste management, transport, food and drink, paper, purchasing, etc.

To be awarded a Green Key, a company must comply with several mandatory and several optional standards. The number of optional standards determines the grade of the key, bronze, silver or gold. Burgers’ Zoo has been awarded the golden grade Green Key annually since 2004! The KMVK Foundation has granted a dispensation for the lighting standard. Where possible, we will be replacing the current lighting with sustainable LED lighting in phases. We strive to continue achieving the golden grade Green Key and continuously take steps towards sustainable and socially responsible business.

Foundation Lucy Burgers

The Stichting Lucie Burgers has been founded in 1980 and named after Lucie Burgers. She was the daughter of the founder and one of the previous Board members of Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem. Lucie Burgers had an extensive knowledge of animals and was a very decisive woman.
It is to be expected that the survival of many animal species can only be assured under conditions that are more or less regulated by human contributions. These conditions vary from protected nature reserves to zoos.

Within the given conditions an acceptable well-being and realistic possibilities of survival of the species must be strived for according to biological standards for individual animals. Therefore the Foundation primarily supports research into the living conditions and the behaviour of species in the wild.

 

Objective

The Stichting Lucie Burgers has been founded to research comparative behaviour in animals and this foundation aims to improve knowledge about behaviour and ecology.

The Foundation primarily tries to acquire insight that can help the survival of animal species. Insight into the ecological and behavioural adaptations of an animal species is the basis for more effective management and conservation.

 

FSC

Burgers' Zoo gladly supports the objectives of FSC to durably manage forests and to prevent illegal deforestation. To this end an agreement has been made with FSC that a minimum of 50% of all the wood that will be used for the construction of the latest developments at Burgers' Zoo will be FSC wood. These latest developments include the construction of modern stables for all ungulates of Burgers' Safari and the construction of foyers and congress halls above these stables. No definite numbers are available on this yet, but the first indication is that Burgers' Zoo will more than meet this minimum.

FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council, a worldwide organisation for the responsible management of the world's forests. The FSC is an internationally operating, independent, not for profit organisation, in which all involved are united with respect to responsible forest management. After all, forests are indispensable for man and animal: they are the lungs of this earth. Still many forests are seriously threatened and the FSC is trying to protect these forests worldwide by, among others, stimulating responsible forestry, so we do not have to attack these important nature reserves.

 

 

The FSC has designed a certification system in order to be able to assess good forest management. This assessment is designed to subject the entire chain of trade, from forest to end product, to these principles and regulations. The FSC is supported in its work by organisations like the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defence, Greenpeace and Novib. Also many progressive companies in the area of environmental awareness gladly participate in this. For that reason Burgers' Zoo has entered into a covenant with FSC.

For more information about FSC you can visit the website of FSC Nederland

Zakelijke Gast

FISH Indicator

Good FISH is an initiative of Stichting De Noordzee. The first FISH Indicator appeared in 2004. The FISH Indicator 2009/2010 is the fourth edition and a publication from the Stichting De Noordzee and the World Wildlife Fund.

Stichting De Noordzee is the independent nature and environmental organisation dedicated to durable use of the North Sea and a sound sea filled with fish, dolphins and other marine life. Their target areas are: shipping, durable fishing, use of space at sea, (green) energy and protected areas.

Of old the Stichting De Noordzee has been primarily active 'behind the scenes'. Lobbying in The Hague and Brussels.

 

 

Looking for specific solutions to important problems together with the users of the North Sea. And, if needed, they take matters to court to compel change. You could say that the Stichting De Noordzee is the attorney for the sea.

More and more often the Stichting De Noordzee shows to a wider audience how special the North Sea is, how we work to protect it and what people themselves can do for a clean, sound and safe North Sea.
For more information about the Stichting De Noordzee and the FISH Indicator: the website of FISH Indicator