Dutch Flower Foundation (DFF) aims to promote the living situation and the well-being of people in need and in particular children. This in the countries where Dutch Flower Group (DFG) companies are active. And with the emphasis on concrete and broadly oriented projects and not so much help to individuals. Through the activities of DFF, DFG gives substance to its responsibility for the world in which we live.
The board of DFF consist of employees of DFG companies:
Mark Stam (Van Dijk Flora), treasurer
Elfrieda Penders (OZ Planten), general board member
Boudewijn Rip (Dutch Flower Group), chairman
Michel Zaremba (Bloom), general board member
Gerda Stokhof (Dutch Flower Group), secretary
We support around 50 projects annually. Most of these on request from employees of Dutch Flower Group companies as well as from business relations of our companies. The applications vary from a contribution from a sponsor run to a multi-year project collaboration. Below are a number of larger projects that are financially supported in recent years.
One of our major projects is our collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Each year we help build a better life for families in developing countries.
Habitat is convinced that a home is the foundation of a better life. If you have clean water, many health problems will be saved. And healthy people are able to build their future.
A group of colleagues from Dutch Flower Group companies will work hard to build a house in one week. Experience is not required, there is a suitable job for everyone. Besides this, they're under guidance of local construction workers.
The first building trip was to Ethiopia in 2013, then in 2014 to Zambia and in 2016 & 2017 we went to Kenya and in 2018 we went to Guatemala. This year we're going back to Zambia!
Of course a lot of work needs to be done, but it is not just about building. A building trip is a unique experience: the emotion, respect and bond that is being built are life time experiences.