A gain for the future
Heinz Ziegenbein GmbH is convinced of the value of balance sheet assessments within the framework of the economy for the common good, because
“in our view, sustainable entrepreneurship can only be successful if all the players involved such as employees, customers, suppliers, network partners and the environment are brought on board, each with their own specific interests,”
said Managing Director Felix Ziegenbein at the press conference on the economy for the common good at Stuttgart City Hall on 17/1/2018. A gain for the future
Balance sheet: Economic success needs to be measured in terms of the common good. By Christoph Kutzer
Whether the Stuttgart municipal undertaking “Leben und Wohnen” (or roughly “Homes and places to live” [ELW] in English) is really the first ever municipal company to introduce a common good balance
sheet is something Sabine Bergmann-Dietz is not absolutely certain of. What is definitely the case, however, is that it is playing a pioneering role – well beyond the immediate area.
“When I heard about the economy for the common good for the first time at a podium discussion, I was still very sceptical,” recalls the Managing Director of ELW. Then she became convinced.
On Wednesday she described the generally positive experience so far at the presentation of interim results organised by the Green Party and the Baden-Württemberg “Economy for the Common Good”
initiative at the city hall. It goes without saying that reorganising a company is a long-winded process, said Dietz. Many of the points addressed in the common good balance sheet never have been
worked up before. But it is well worth making the effort. Her verdict: “I believe that once you have set out on the path, you stick to it.”
“It’s all about re-embedding the economy,” said Klaus Gourgé from Nuertingen-Geislingen University (HfWU), outlining the basic principles behind the economy of the common good.
“The system has taken on a life of its own and is out of control.” The primacy of profit and growth is being maintained at the expense of the environment and future generations.
Gourgé makes the case for a democratic reorientation at grassroots level. But this does not mean that profit and a change of thinking are mutually exclusive. Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg,
Chairperson of the Stuttgart Green Party, emphasises that reorientation is also a promotional factor for companies. “85% of Europeans want to see a change in corporate policies,”
she points out. As demonstrated by the representatives of the ELW municipal undertakings and the Stadtentwässerung Stuttgart (SES) (a body established by the City of Stuttgart for the
operation of its sewage system), as well as companies with life cycle balance sheets such as just call GmbH and Heinz Ziegenbein GmbH, the City is on the right path in this regard.
There is € 60,000 allocated in the new budget for sharing knowledge about the economy for the common good.
Stuttgarter Zeitung 22. 1. 2018
Pressemitteilung Gemeindewohl Ökonomie vom 18. 1. 2018, PDF, 35 KB
Heinz Ziegenbein GmbH & Co. KG recently received an award in recognition of ethical business conduct and upholding of the principles of honourable business practices,
and was admitted to membership of the "Ethik Society". The company is now entitled to call itself a "Member of the Ethik Society" and is therefore a member of a group which,
within the framework of the "Ethik Society", engages with the issues of integrity, ethics and sustainable economic activity at a political, social, economic and personal level.
Additional storage space
For greater flexibility in dealing with orders in future, we expanded our storage capacity again in the summer of 2017 by adding approx. 200m² We are now therefore in a position to provide our customers with better service than ever before in terms of delivery according to requirements and speed of delivery.
Coating of genuine leather
We can now offer our customers the coating of genuine leather with a variety of different adhesive systems. This is based on new production processes developed by us. As a result, we can now offer leather coatings with a self-adhesive bonding system based on acrylates and coatings. In addition, we have also developed a process for the
coating of leather hides, meaning piece goods, with hot-melt adhesives.