Von der Heyden Group announces the appointment of Anuschka von der Heyden as Head of Sustainability

The Von der Heyden Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Anuschka von der Heyden as Head of Sustainability effective on the 1st July 2022. This newly created role reflects the Group’s deep-seated commitments on climate change and ESG.

Joining the family business in a time of further expansion into new markets, Anuschka will lead the development and implementation of the Group’s ESG strategy. This appointment also aligns with the Group’s vision which aims to incorporate sustainable principles across its operations.

Anuschka von der Heyden said, “For quite some time, I have been seeking a role directly involving me in positive change. My aim is to create and execute strategies that will help the Group become more sustainable on both environmental and social levels. Our future depends on fragile ecosystems, and it is for us to own up to the impacts of our actions. This is particularly relevant to our expanding operations in the tourism and experiential industries. Our vision is to preserve and create value for today’s generations and tomorrow’s.”

Anuschka von der Heyden graduated from the University of Arts in London with a first-class honours degree and comes to the Group following a five-year stint in marketing and PR in London where she worked on several household brands and stock listed multinationals.

Bob Rottinghuis, Chief Executive Officer for the Group commented: “The Group’s ESG programme is a key pillar of our growth strategy. I am certain that Anuschka’s creativity and drive will take us beyond economic success and help us strengthen our ties to the international communities in which we operate and deepen our commitment to ESG”.

In the coming years, the Group will be taking measures to reduce its carbon footprint and engage in green energy business opportunities.

The Von der Heyden Group warmly welcomes Anuschka aboard and wishes her all the success and fulfilment in this key role in the Group.

Von der Heyden Group joins 191 countries for World Clean-Up Day

Von der Heyden Group and its subsidiaries Von der Heyden Yachting, Cugó Gran, and Hammett’s Collection joined forces with Camper & Nicholson’s Grand Harbour Marina for World Clean-up Day, covering the iconic marina in the three cities and around fort St. Angelo.

The entities participated in the global initiative that unites millions of volunteers, governments, and organisations in 191 countries to tackle the global waste problem and build a sustainable world. The teams cleaned the foreshore of Birgu, collecting over 50 bags of debris, micro-plastics, cigarette butts, and trash from around the marina on land and at sea that would have otherwise polluted the Grand Harbour’s seabed.

Head of Sustainability Anuschka von der Heyden commented, ‘We are very proud and grateful to our business and local community that helped tackle the global waste crisis in this majestic location. Such initiatives aren’t just about a clean-up but help raise awareness of the importance of a clean environment and how this is vital to a community’s livelihood in all imaginable aspects.’

Von der Heyden Yachting offsets 126 tonnes of CO2e in Hydroelectric Power

Von der Heyden Yachting, a subsidiary of Malta-based international investment firm Von der Heyden Group, has partnered with industry experts Yacht Carbon Offset to address their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions impact.

The company, flying the Riva exclusive dealership flag, has worked with the specialised environmental service organisation to offset the net environmental impact of its past 55-charter season around Malta and the Italian Riviera.

Head of Sustainability for the Group, Anuschka von der Heyden, said, “Although we take the precautions to ensure an eco-conscious ethos in everything that we do, we are mindful of the superyacht industry’s real impact on the environment. While we see the industry’s technology develop more sustainably, Von der Heyden Yachting will be committed to counterbalancing its impact through investing in renewable energy.”

Von der Heyden Yachting has offset 126 tonnes of CO2e by supporting the development of the Soubré Hydroelectric Power project in Cote d’Ivoire.

Developed under the umbrella of the United Nations to meet emissions reduction goals, the offsetting tool works to counterbalance unavoidable greenhouse gasses. Since its inception in 2008, Yacht Carbon Offset has offset over a quarter of a million tonnes of CO2e in renewable energy sources.

Over the last six months, Von der Heyden Group has recorded ESG-focused activities, including its LEED Gold level planning in its newest A-class building development in Poznań, preparations to align with the European Commission’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) coming into action in 2024, as well as its participation among 191 other countries for World Clean Up Day.

The Group also recently celebrated the official opening of its 5th catering establishment Hammett’s Monastik, whose farm-to-table concept focuses on sourcing at least 90% of its produce from sustainable, organic, and local sources.

Press Release: VDHY Offsets 126 Tonnes of CO2e 15 11 2022