CHEP, one of the biggest suppliers of quality pallets, containers and other platform solutions in sub-Saharan Africa, strongly advocates a sustainable, circular economy way of doing business.

Hermann Haupt, vice president of CHEP South Africa, says, "All of CHEP's sustainability activities are built around a strategic framework of Business Positive, Planet Positive and Communities Positive, aimed at going beyond 'zero impact' and creating positive impact."

"So, donating a state-of-the-art solar system to Christel House really ties in with our mission to positively impact the communities in which we operate. At the same time, we are delighted to help such a wonderful school become more sustainable and help to transform the lives of the students they serve," adds Haupt.

CHEP used a local South African company, MLT Drives, to manufacture and install the solar system and all the materials that were used were locally manufactured in South Africa, further supporting the local economy. 

"This is a project that we are really excited about and will save us a significant amount in operational costs every year," says Shereen La Fleur, chief finance and operations officer at Christel House South Africa.

"It is also an excellent educational opportunity to teach our students more about sustainability and to encourage them to pursue careers in the green economy," concludes  La Fleur.

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