ALK in the Netherlands have partnered with a local network, Liquid Nature, which specialises in putting bees up for adoption. Together with a neighbouring company, ALK is currently hosting two beehives.
Bees are critical to our ecosystem. In fact, they pollinate a third of all crops and 90 percent of wild plants. However, in recent years, the number of bees has been declining due to many different factors such as climate change, loss of habitat, intensive farming methods and colony collapse disorder.
Simple solutions to the crisis, such as making better use of our outside spaces where possible helps bees sustain their numbers and can make a lasting impact for both people and planet.
A sustainable company at its core
The network is led by a beekeeper, Jessica Loudon, and its mission is to help save the bees by making better use of outside spaces, especially in those areas where bees have the right conditions to thrive.
Jessica Loudon comes by the office in Almere once a week during the season to check on the hives and add additional breeding or honey surplus rooms as the bee population grows. The idea behind the network is simple; the companies offer their outside space for the bees; Liquid Nature tends to the hives; the bees provide value to the area and the companies get the surplus honey.
Although the bees usually hunt for nectar in wide areas far away from the hive, our colleagues have updated the procedure on how to act in case someone reacts to a sting as an additional precaution.