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Local heroes

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From honey producers to fashion designers, Monocle meets the groups and business owners that have launched innovative projects to help bring communities together. Sometimes it makes good business sense too.

Fabio Picchi, GAG, Ginza Honey Bee Project, Köln, Mission Chinese Food, NuoMi

01 GAG, Köln

GAG is a property-management company in Köln that owns a lot of housing in the tougher parts of the city. It spends €500,000 every year on social activities in these areas, working with schools by financing free meals, libraries, theatre workshops, sports facilities and anti-violence programmes. In return pupils look after some of the firm’s green spaces.

Since 2007 GAG has had its own department for social activities. “We don’t do this because we are good people,” says GAG’s Jörg Fleischer, “but because having a healthy neighbourhood…


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