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Green Party State Chairwoman Visits Jokey in Gummersbach

As part of her "Green Transformation Tour through NRW," the state chairwoman of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Mona Neubaur, visited the Jokey site in Gummersbach on June 10. The politician was accompanied by Marc Zimmermann, spokesman for the Green Party's district association.

The Jokey management, represented by CEO Jens Stadter and CFO Peter Dörmbach, as well as other leading Jokey representatives such as shareholder Heike Schuy welcomed the guests and invited them to an open exchange of views followed by a tour of the plant and a talk with apprentices.

Jokey was the third stop on the transformation tour in keeping with the tagline "The future today," which the two state chairmen of the Green Party, Mona Neubaur and Felix Banaszak, have been undertaking across NRW since the beginning of June. According to the state association, the companies selected for the tour are those that are "not only adapting to the changes and challenges in society, industry, the economy and the environment, but are actively seeking new solutions." The decision to visit Jokey was also driven by the idea of "seeking dialog with those with whom it has not existed before," Mona Neubaur stated in conversation with the Jokey representatives. This is because sustainability is talked about more quickly with nature conservation associations than, for example, with a plastics processing company like Jokey.

The Green politicians were able to see for themselves during the meeting, which lasted several hours, that plastics and sustainability do not have to be a contradiction in terms. The management presented the successful development of the hidden champion Jokey, which as one of many medium-sized family-owned companies is one of the supporting pillars of the NRW economy. Jens Stadter explained key pillars of Jokey's sustainability strategy. This aims to continue to consistently implement social and economic responsibility at the economic, ecological and social levels. In addition to the topic of digitalization, the Jokey Eco Concept 2.0 was also discussed in detail. "Against the backdrop that North Rhine-Westphalia is the number one plastics state in Germany and that quite a few players, including the Greens in the state parliament, are committed to making NRW the pioneer of the plastics circular economy, we feel that we are ideally positioned to do so with the Jokey Eco Concept 2.0," emphasized Jens Stadter. "As a pioneer in sustainable packaging, we are pursuing ambitious goals with our sustainability program, such as becoming climate neutral as a company by 2030. We are convinced that the development of an effective circular economy can only succeed in cooperation between industry, trade and politics. However, it must also be accompanied by differentiated communication and a holistic view of the issue. That's why we expressly welcome any exchange of experts on this, with NGOs as well as with political decision-makers."  

The responsible use of plastics, the comprehensive sustainability program Jokey Eco Concept 2.0 and the cooperation with important NGOs were well received by the two Green politicians. After the meeting, Mona Neubaur saw no contradiction to the Jokey positions in their party-political demands to increasingly do without plastic and to establish a research institute for plastic recycling. "Jokey is not part of the problem, but part of the solution," the Green Party leader found. "They make sure that plastic doesn't end up at the bottom of the ocean, but stays in the cycle." 

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