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New York City NYC
March 1, 2017

Showcasing our Commitment to Environmental Responsibility

On February 28th, Engel & Völkers CEO Christian Völkers and Michaela Cordes, editor-in-chief of GG Magazine, organized a private viewing of “A Plastic Ocean,” in a screening room at the the Cinemaxx Dammtor in Hamburg. The producer of the film, Jo Ruxton, flew in from her native England to join 350 of our colleagues from E&V’s world headquarters to discuss the movie she has been working on for the past eight years.

This well-researched film documents the toxic effects that the 8-million tons of plastic waste entering the ocean each year has on marine and human life, as dangerous microplastics contaminate fish and other marine products. We must reverse the process, the movie argues, in order to protect both the oceans and ourselves.

Jo Ruxton offered our E&V colleagues in Hamburg some advice for how to combat this problem in their everyday lives: “No water from plastic bottles; no plastic bags for shopping; buy butter in paper packaging rather than plastic boxes and bars of soap instead of liquid soap dispensers.”

Christian Völkers explained the importance of the movie to the mission of our company, “Sustainability and environmental protection are incredibly important. If we want our grandchildren to grow up in a world worth living in we have to act now.” The current issue of GG magazine echoes these sentiments by reviewing the film and focusing on the wider topic of sustainability.

Showing the depth of the firm’s commitment, the new Engel & Völkers headquarters, currently going up in Hamburg‘s HafenCit district, will be a model of energy-efficiency and environmentally sound construction. We are proud to work at a company that holds environmental sustainability as a core value.