In its project "Qualification of multipliers for ecological housekeeping in large households of Caritas (East Westphalia-Lippe region)", the IN VIA Academy had resource protection and sustainability as its mission. The challenges this poses for Caritas institutions have also been explored. With the project, which was supported professionally and financially by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) in the period 1. March 2015 to 31. March 2019 was promoted, the IN VIA Academy aimed at the sustainable conversion of six selected model institutions. In addition, the project developed a new continuing education program that qualifies housekeeping specialists and managers for resource-conserving and sustainable business practices. The sustainability platform is another result of the project. "Sustainable management is possible in large kitchens of social institutions!", is the project conclusion.
Education is a key to sustainable business and work
"For a complex field of work such as community catering, education is one of the central keys to achieving sustainable management. The aim is to develop and implement new 'eco-routines' in the companies, given the scarcity of financial and human resources," says DBU head of department Verena Exner. With this project, the DBU has particularly supported the housekeeping of social institutions, which, as non-profit organizations, are subject to different laws than companies in the free economy.