Remaining a pioneer
The Lengerich-based family-owned company therefore asserted itself against more than 1,400 companies that had applied to compete for the coveted award. "We regard this as confirmation that we are heading in the right direction with our sustainable corporate management", stated executive board member Dr. Volker Pfennig, who accepted the trophy at the gala in Düsseldorf along with family shareholder Maximilian Petzold.
Companies that are the drivers of new developments while simultaneously passing their experience on to the next generation are elected to the "network of the best". This succeeds with "strong values and a clear strategy", said Petra Tröger of the Oskar Patzelt Foundation's management board.
During the competition, the participating companies described in detail how this is implemented in daily work and expressed in figures. This year, for instance, the competition participants were representing around 900,000 employees and training over 50,000 young people. They used an above average percentage of their profits to increase equity capital and to finance expansion, modernisation and employee development.
In the 125th year of its existence, Bischof + Klein is a prime example of this: with plants in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Poland, the company is aiming to achieve around five percent growth over the next five years. Investments of around 250 million euros are planned to attain this. The number of employees has increased continuously in recent years, and is now around 2,600; sales in 2016 were in excess of 560 million euros.
Time and again, B+K undertakes pioneering work in new packaging trends, but also in terms of environmental protection, training, employee orientation and production technology. "We want to maintain this sustainable approach. We want to remain a pioneer", stated Dr. Volker Pfennig.
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