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Dennemeyer Group supports the fight against plastic waste with a €20,000 donation

For its 2018 IP Quiz donation campaign, the Dennemeyer Group again partnered with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This year the donation amount supports WWF’s campaign to reduce the input of plastic waste in our oceans and see nature be plastic free by 2030. In less than two weeks, more than 80 registrants played 2,481 games. For each correct answer, Dennemeyer donated two euros to WWF till the target amount of €20,000 has been reached.

Our planet is choking on plastic! We need to recycle more, drink from reusable bottles and gradually replace plastic recipients with eco-friendlier solutions. Businesses need to make their customers aware of this issue because we can make a difference only through collective actions. WWF is campaigning for the ban of single-use plastic, and Dennemeyer supported the campaign by donating the amount generated through the winter edition of Dennemeyer’s IP Quiz.

On Friday, January 25 2019, the donation check was handed over to Dr. Bernhard Bauske, representing WWF Germany, in Dennemeyer's Munich office by the Managing Director of global IP law firm Dennemeyer & Associates, Dr. Robert Fichter, Dennemeyer's Chief Commercial Officer, Tobias Diebold, and Chief Financial Officer Alexander Mühlberger. Dr. Bauske, Senior Advisor Marine Litter Reduction for WWF Germany, presented some of the fund’s current projects and detailed how the donation sum will be used.

Partners in the fight against plastic waste! From left to right: Dr. Robert Fichter, Dr. Bernhard Bauske, Alexander Mühlberger and Tobias Diebold.

WWF will use the donation to support various projects with the purpose of banning single-use plastic, to reduce the input of plastic waste in the oceans and to see nature be plastic free by 2030. WWF Germany works primarily with WWF Vietnam on this and is supporting a project in the Mekong Delta. “In the province of Long An, we are working with the authorities to develop a waste management concept and to implement a model project,” said Dr. Bernhard Bauske. “By collecting the different waste fractions separately, the organic fraction can be sold as compost and plastic can be recycled. This will reduce treatment capacity needs for residual waste dramatically. This is accompanied by education measures to increase the awareness for the environment of the population and to inform about the new waste collection system.

“Our planet is as healthy as its oceans, and that’s why we believe businesses need to support initiatives like these that go well beyond borders, as does our work,” states Alexander Mühlberger. “We want to be part of the change and work toward a cleaner environment, together with our clients and business partners. For this reason, we decided to donate the amount generated by our 2018 IP Quiz edition to the WWF and support their effort to clean the oceans of plastic.”

Dr. Bauske, Senior Advisor Marine Litter Reduction for WWF Germany, presented some of the fund’s current projects. The amount donated by the Dennemeyer Group will primarily support a project in the Mekong Delta. 

Dr. Robert Fichter adds: "With almost 2,500 played games, our IP Quiz campaign 2018 was another huge success and a great way to raise awareness on the dangers plastic waste brings to our planet. I am glad our donation supports this important cause.”

For each correct answer given in Dennemeyer's IP Quiz, the IP Group committed itself to donate two euros to WWF. More than 10,000 correct answers were given in 2,481 games. Like every year, the IP Quiz ended with a championship, and the winner received a laptop made of environmentally-friendly resources. Although the campaign ended, you can still play for fun.

Last year, Dennemeyer donated €20,172 through the IP Quiz to WWF for their projects to protect nature's values. In 2015 and 2016, Dennemeyer donated the funds from this quiz to Doctors without Borders for their humanitarian projects in the Congo and Iraq.

About the Dennemeyer Group

The Dennemeyer Group, founded initially as a patent law firm in Luxembourg, has been setting benchmarks for all services and software solutions in the IP sector for more than 55 years. Dennemeyer evolved very rapidly into a global full-service provider for the protection and management of Intellectual Property rights - from legal services (Dennemeyer & Associates), software and management solutions (Dennemeyer IP Solutions) right down to IP consulting (Dennemeyer Consulting). Today, with over 20 offices on all continents, the group manages nearly three million property rights of more than 3,000 clients.

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