As a family-run business, we take on social responsibility. Sustainability is at the core of our everyday actions and determines our entire value chain. Therefore, already in 2017, we have joined the UN Global Compact, which is the world's most important initiative for responsible corporate management. We want our use of resources to be efficient and to take well-targeted measures to protect the environment. Actions speak louder than words.
By joining the UN Global Compact, we have committed ourselves to respecting its 10 universal principles and to embracing them in our company. We clearly support the Social Development Goals established by the UN in 2012. We have already made great progress and we now pursue the aim of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions more than ever. We have therefore determined ARTEBENE's CO² footprint in 2019. What we have learned from this analysis is really astonishing. Having this knowledge, we can now work on actions to avoid and reduce CO² emissions even more resolutely, and we convert these actions to individual projects. We take responsibility for the unavoidable emissions, such as product shipments, service provided by our sales professionals as well as our waste disposal and compensate them by contributing to selected climate protection projects. Now that we have compensated our CO² emissions, we can call our company a climate-neutral business and are glad that we have achieved another important milestone.
Another project close to our hearts: Furthering girls and women worldwide. As a modern lifestyle brand we are proud of a proportion of women in the ARTEBENE team which is above average. We are lucky enough to live in a country of unlimited possibilities and we would like to support young girls that do not have the same chances. Therefore we have decided to pursue a specific engagement in the children relief organisation Plan International which is also supported by the United Nations Refugee Agency. We are now proud godparents of little Sreykat in Cambodia and support her, her family and the community. One of the most efficient solutions in the battle against poverty and exploitation is the education of girls in developing countries, which is why we have decided to take on this godparenthood.