In 2013, line with its promise to operate in the most sustainable way – from an environmental, social and economic perspective – Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa, planted five hundred trees in the impoverished Lawley Township in Gauteng. This undertaking was done through the company's association with South Africa's national greening and food gardening social enterprise, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA).
The five hundred River Bush Willow trees were planted in the Lawley township, under the FTFA's award winning and Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Trees for Homes initiative. A recent study from FTFA has reported that four hundred and forty of the five hundred trees are still surviving, an average 88 percent survival rate, after the completion of the one year evaluation. In addition to improving the environment in which these residents live, the surviving trees will sequestrate an estimated 162 tonnes of carbon dioxide, thus contributing to the mitigation of climate change over the next 15 years, according to the VCS.
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