Our trip out to visit Erwin Bienewald takes us past wind turbines and cornfields. He has set up the headquarters of his business group in a decommissioned department store in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, near Bremen. It’s not just the location that is unusual for a company’s headquarters. For the 35 small businesses belonging to the charitable foundation Maribondo da Floresta, the focus is not on turnover and profit but on providing job opportunities for people with disabilities or mental illness. Managing director Bienewald values sustainability. “We want our work to be as climate-friendly as possible,” he says.
Silently through the countryside
Is e-mobility only suitable for short drives in town? The Maribondo da Floresta foundation in rural northern Germany shows that this isn’t the case. We visit an extraordinary business group.