GIZ paves the way for corporate responsibility

Staff, family and friends of GIZ clean up the foreshore yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED/JOSEPHINE PRASAD

STAFF, family and friends of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) in partnership with the Suva City Council cleaned up the Capital City’s foreshore as part of their corporate responsibility drive and to continue their week long celebrations leading up to Fiji Day today.

The German agency, GIZ has been involved in the Pacific for more than 40 years in the field of international development and is dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world in a wide variety of areas, particularly addressing the severe effects of climate change on communities, the oceans and agriculture.

In this respect, Germany supports – through GIZ by working with the COP23 Presidency of Fiji and through various projects in country in partnership with Pacific Island Governments.

Head of GIZ Pacific, James Macbeth said GIZ worked towards context to better the world in partnership with Pacific Island governments and communities, but also by rolling up sleeves and getting down to do some really practical hands-on work as well.

“This is how we can help to safeguard the environment and be a vehicle of responsibility to protect the future for the children today and the generations yet to come — it has to start from me and every employee, be it at home or the workplace.”

Mr Macbeth said with the changing climate being the largest threat not only to the existence of the Pacific but globally GIZ wanted to make it their business to keep the ocean and surrounding areas clean as the ocean not only provided food for most Pacific Islanders but the air we breathe comes from it.

SCC acting chief executive officer, Bijen Chand said with the Ministry of Local Government they were extremely pleased that organisations such as GIZ were repeatedly taking corporate responsibility seriously to remember their responsibilities to keep Suva clean and to understand their personal role as a gatekeeper for current and future generations.

“The council cannot do this alone. It is a real challenge to keep the Suva foreshore clean and healthy for our citizens and it is this type of partnership approach that we will be able to provide a cleaner and safer environment for citizens patronising the popular beach picnic areas,” he said.

Mr Chand urged not just businesses but all citizens and visitors to remember, “Suva City is a place where we work, reside, visit and enjoy the natural beauty and treasures bestowed upon us and that we must always strive to leave a footprint behind that enhances and enlightens those who follow.”

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