Burgers’ Zoo is aware that its business activities have an impact on the environment and society, and we act accordingly to preserve the natural environment for future generations. Sustainability is one of our five core values. We integrate sustainability into our business processes, services and products. To achieve this, we make conscious choices and seek a balance between people, planet and results. It is an ongoing process, in which we continuously work on fair and transparent treatment of our employees, preservation of our often-endangered plants and animals and saving of energy, water and raw materials.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Good FISH is an initiative of Stichting De Noordzee. The FISH Indicator is 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. 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.
From an educational point of view, we tell our visitors all about our sustainability efforts. For example, we communicate about developments in sustainability on our media channels, including articles on our website and in ZieZoo (our magazine), informative displays in the park and lectures in the auditorium of our Safari Meeting Centre.