Bunnik Plants, Bleiswijk (2017)
In the horticultural area of Bleiswijk you simply cannot miss seeing the Bunnik Plants. On 25 hectares, this innovative pot-plant nursery produces sustainable grown, green plants at seven different locations. Its various production lines, which give Bunnik Plants added value, have helped establish the company’s sterling reputation.
This internationally-oriented family company will leave no stone unturned to find the best sustainable solutions. Bunnik Plants, which was involved in the OCAP project from the very start, uses residual heat from an electricity plant to heat its operations. It works with municipalities, companies and research institutions on biological purification and recycling of sewage water. In addition, last year Bunnik Plants invested in solar panels that provide electricity to hundreds of households. The company is also working on sustainable enterprise within its own organisation and personnel policy, which is unique in horticulture.
The jury praised the ambition of the young generation and the way in which they are taking responsibility for developing this innovative company further. The entrepreneurs show daring by thinking ‘outside the box’, such as by creating self-managing teams with their own responsibilities. This form of organisation is completely new within the horticulture sector. Everything in this company radiates social engagement. The personnel policy and the trailblazing role in sustainable business for the sector and the region are examples of this. Bunnik Plants focuses heavily on international activities. The entrepreneurs are setting out a vision for the future with great creativity, whereby the focus of the business is on people.
Bunnik Plants was nominated by Royal FloraHolland.