Bees as a unifying force among employees

A project dear to the heart of WESSLING is bearing its first fruits this summer. Last year, a colony of bees were moved into the premises of the company headquarters, and now the company’s first honey can be harvested. It is not only the bees with which we are implementing a high level of awareness for sustainability, environmental protection and biodiversity in concrete projects. Sustainability is firmly anchored in the corporate strategy of WESSLING and in its internal and external work processes.

WESSLING employee Jannis Drakidis (left), an experienced beekeeper, passes on his knowledge to managing partner Anna Weßling and colleague Christopher Bocker.
WESSLING employee Jannis Drakidis (left), an experienced beekeeper, passes on his knowledge to managing partner Anna Weßling and colleague Christopher Bocker.

Among the employees at WESSLING are several experienced beekeepers who set up the beehive on the green grass roof at the company headquarters. Soon after, they trained other colleagues who had also volunteered to participate in the project. The result is a joint project in which everyone can be involved. “It therefore not only serves to protect nature and the environment, but is also a connecting element within the workforce,” says managing partner Anna Wessling, who helped to initiate the project. Since then, she has also been intensively involved herself – whether in the care of the beehive or in extracting the honey. “By promoting biodiversity, we provide the bees on our premises with a natural and species-appropriate keeping,” she emphasizes, “We have planted wildflowers in many of our green areas, and the green roof of our building also provides a habitat for these insects. For many years now, a wide variety of fruit trees and shrubs have also flourished on the site, from blackberry bushes to quinces and cherries. Bees and other insects thus enjoy the full feel-good programme at WESSLING.”

Honey analysis at WESSLING

Of course, this is also reflected in the high quality of the honey, which is checked in our own laboratory. WESSLING conducts comprehensive honey analyses at its Budapest location to verify conformity with the requirements of Directive 2001/110/EC on honey and the guidelines of the German Foodstuffs Code regarding the characteristics of specific honey varieties. These include chemical-physical tests, pollen analysis, and testing for antibiotics and various pesticides. “We support our customers with analysis and advice to ensure that only safe food is brought to market. This claim, of course, also applies to ourselves,” says Anna Wessling.

The WESSLING colony of bees

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