Syntegon’s Remshalden workforce counts calories for a worthy cause.
- Employees engage in exercise
- Remshalden competes with Syntegon’s UK sites at Bristol and Derby to see who burns the most calories
- Syntegon donates 2,820 euros to Kinderschutzbund Schorndorf
- 500 euros are to go to an activity playground in Remshalden
Remshalden, Germany – Exercise certainly has its health benefits, but it can also contribute to a worthy cause. That was the idea behind an initiative launched at Syntegon, formerly Bosch Packaging Technology, in Remshalden, where the workforce exercised for two weeks and tracked the calories it burned. Remshalden staff competed with their colleagues at Bristol and Derby in the UK for the Syntegon Calorie Cup, with the trophy going to the most active site. Syntegon also donated one cent for every calorie burned in these activities. This drive collected 3,320 euros, including an additional 300 euros donated by employees. Syntegon presented 2,820 euros to Kinderschutzbund Schorndorf, a child protection agency. The remaining 500 euros are earmarked for an activity playground in Remshalden.
Syntegon employees at Remshalden, Germany, and Bristol and Derby in the UK burned many more calories than usual for two weeks in September. Riding bicycles rather than driving cars, they also met up for walks during the lunch break and engaged in sports after work. All this exercise was part of the competition. Some members of the Remshalden workforce organized a weekend walk with staff and their kids joining Moritz the horse to hike the ‘white path,’ a five-kilometer adventure trail in the town of Winterbach. The Remshalden site ended up with the highest calorie count to take home the Syntegon Calorie Cup.
Winning the company trophy was fun, but far more important was the fact that Syntegon donated one cent for every logged calorie. The bulk of the donated money is benefiting Kinderreich Rems-Murr, an initiative of the German child protection agency. A project called WiR – which means “us” and is also short for “growing with respect” – is supporting students with special needs by providing additional teaching assistants. There are now 13 more of these assistants available to help with regularly held classes at seven elementary schools in Schorndorf. They can now better attend to pupils with special needs, for example, children affected by their experiences as refugees or other traumatic events. There are plans to carry this project over to schools in Waiblingen. The aim is to close the early education gap and level the playing field to achieve equal opportunities in the classroom.
Syntegon wants to donate another 500 euros to the Remshalden activity playground. This is where children can practice their social skills in encounters with their peers, act on their natural urge to move, and learn how to work with various materials. This playground offers many activities: Kids can climb up and go down slides, play soccer and ping-pong, juggle or walk on stilts, and take part in special programs such as handicrafts, painting, cooking or baking.
... "We’re all the more pleased to be supporting education
and exercise for youngsters in the region" ...
Syntegon General Manager at Remshalden
Sebastian Kühne, Syntegon General Manager at Remshalden, is clearly delighted with this successful initiative: “Syntegon develops intelligent and sustainable technologies for the pharmaceutical and food industries. This is why education and health are such important topics for us, so we’re all the more pleased to be supporting education and exercise for youngsters in the region with our employees’ sports and fund-raising drive.”
About Syntegon Technology
Syntegon Technology is a leading global process and packaging technology provider. Formerly the packaging division of the Bosch Group, the company, headquartered in Waiblingen (Germany), has been offering complete solutions for the pharmaceutical and food industries for over 50 years. More than 6,100 employees at 30 locations in more than 15 countries generated a total revenue of 1.3 billion euros in 2019. The portfolio of intelligent and sustainable technologies includes stand-alone machines, as well as complete systems and services. Fields of application in the pharmaceutical industry are the production, processing, filling, inspection and packaging of liquid and solid pharmaceuticals (e.g. syringes and capsules). In the food industry, the portfolio includes process technology for confectionery as well as packaging solutions for dry foods (e.g. bars, bakery products and coffee), frozen foods and dairy products.