In the framework of Corporate Governance and, in particular, Corporate Social Responsibility, which ensures the balanced growth of the company to the benefit of its employees, consumers and shareholders, EYATH S.A. implements environmental actions with a view to the generations to come, which expect to take over a world that respects man and the environment.
EYATH collaborates with official agencies (municipalities, universities, associations, clubs) in matters of environmental protection and sustainability. The company is gradually opening up discussions with grassroots movements on the transformation and protection of public space and the urban environment. Furthermore, it supports or undertakes environmental volunteering actions in order to strengthen the local community’s ecological awareness. After all, sustainable development constitutes a dynamic path towards adjustment in order to satisfy the needs of the present generation, and to ensure the needs of future generations. Economic development, environmental protection and social cohesion are the three indicators that determine EYATH’s synergies at the local level. Having started an honest and well-founded dialogue between interested parties, EYATH responds to every collective or individual invitation to create the framework and policies for sustainability and growth in collaboration with the State, businesses, NGOs and agencies broadly representing civil society.
The company also has a strong presence in matters pertaining to the resilience of cities, the ultimate goal being, once again, to secure the future of our city and its built environment in the face of the “pressures” exerted by climate change. The support of environmental infrastructure in the urban fabric, the effective utilisation of waste, sustainable and fair energy policies, as well as the resilience of urban water bodies are basic parameters for the resilience of a city. Water bodies, especially, constitute the driving force that gives life to cities, creates an intricate web of interrelated (natural, environmental, cultural and socio-economic) mechanisms and eventually causes the interaction of a diverse group of institutions, agencies and social partners.
Resilience and water
At the local level and in response to the invitation extended by the Municipality of Thessaloniki, EYATH has since the summer of 2018 been participating in the “City Water Resilience Framework – CWRF” programme managed by ARUP and 100 Resilient Cities. The aim of the programme is to develop an international model framework for the assessment of resilience in the field of water, which each city will be able to apply to its water district (City Water Basin), drawing specific information on a Resilient City Water Management System. This approach aims to attach added influence to cities, as a cohesive force among partners from across the entire drainage basin, for the purpose of jointly making decisions, always in the direction of resilience.
In the future, all cities will be able to use this framework (CWRF) in order to:
- Identify the weakest (non-resilient) points in its water management.
- Strengthen these points by applying optimal, coherent decisions.
- Manage the complexity of urban water bodies with greater ease and understand how they can become more resilient.
At the present time, Thessaloniki is participating in the second cycle of the programme (WAVE2 cities). The first cycle involved the participation of the following cities: Amman, Cape town, Hull, Mexico City and Greater Miami and the Beaches.
The bottom of the sea… a rubbish dump!
One of EYATH’s most recent environmental actions was its collaboration with the volunteer divers from Aegean Rebreath and Northern Greece Underwater Explorers, on the occasion of World Environment Day 2018. The action involved the retrieval of rubbish from the bottom of the sea at the marina of Kalamaria (Fishing Sanctuary), the collection, careful sorting and recycling of this rubbish in special waste bins provided by the Municipality of Kalamaria, as well as a coastal clean-up. The participating volunteers were notified of the need to clean up the seas and coasts on the one hand, and to recycle and reuse the waste on the other. A total of 500 kilograms of rubbish was collected (nets, plastic and glass bottles, boat batteries, plastic furniture, etc.), while the coastal clean-up resulted – in just a few hours – in 47 refuse bags of rubbish containing mainly plastic containers!
EYATH made “Faros” green!
An urban vegetable garden, figs, cherries, acacias and a spontaneous “seminar” of environmental education for the little Roma, left behind the “green” action of EYATH at the new Youth Center “Faros Tou Kosmou” (Lighthouse of the World) in Dendropotamos, on the occasion of the celebration of the World Environment Day 2019.
EYATH proposed to make “Faros” green. A celebration that started some time ago with the company’s participation in the construction of the new children’s home, donating to us the extension of the water and sewerage network, was completed today with the planting of vegetables and fruit trees in the area. Whenever we cut a fruit or pick up a salad, we will remember our friends at EYATH, which they have now become part of the large family of “Faros”, said the “heart and soul” of the center, Father Athenagoras.
Deputy Environment Minister Socrates Femmelos, who explained to the children of “Faros” what climate change means, and above all what it means to “change my life for the environment”, praised the initiative of the EYATH board for tree planting “in an area with significant environmental needs “. It is now being implemented an important project, by EYATH that completes the sewerage of all Thessaloniki, including at last – after many years – the low western regions. These projects will also immediately improve the environment in Dendropotamos, stopping the untreated outflows. Last year, EYATH also cleaned the trench of Dendropotamos within the framework of Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as the choice we have as a government to improve the state of the environment without hiding behind responsibilities, “he added.
“The World Environment Day was combined this year with a review of the government’s environmental project, but also with a commitment: we must all revolutionize our everyday life. Facing the great problems of climate change, the need to have sustainable development and social cohesion, and for children in Dendropotamos to also find their role in life, wishes and global agreements are not enough, it is necessary to change our personal example ” , concluded Mr. Famellos.
“In the context of World Environment Day, the company decided to strengthen the new home of Father Athenagoras, a symbolic initiative for the need to strengthen the efforts to upgrade the western regions of Thessaloniki, so that the development of the whole urban area could be achieved. EYATH also reinforces this effort by taking the cost of linking the new youth protection center to the water supply and sewerage networks. Above all, after decades of negligence, our administration has begun the completion of the drainage project of the Dendropotamos area so that it finally stops bleeding this environmental wound with the untreated sewage in the area! “, stressed the chairman and CEO of EYATH, Professor Yiannis N. Krestenitis.
“If we are motivated with actions like this, which show that even in our neighborhood, in our yard, we can achieve important things but also by exerting greater political and economic pressure, we can now save our planet,” said the former Minister of Justice – MP of SYRIZA, professor AUTH Nicos Paraskevopoulos, while the Deputy Mayor of Technical Services of the Municipality of Abelokipi – Menemeni, Vasilis Manolopoulos, pointed out the permanent support of the municipality in the important work of Father Athenagoras.
The trees were offered by the Department of Forestry of the Aristotle University, the vegetables were offered by the “Sporophita Vasilikon”(Seeds of Vasilika) (N. Alexiou), while the American Farm School – Perrotis College donated olive trees, flowers, materials and much work!