ForestFinance Service Center
Eifelstr. 14+20D-53119 Bonn
A fresh design for the ForestFinance website: Our website is relaunched with a clean, fresh and unique look, featuring new and easy to use options. You can now order our investment products completely online or experience your forests in our media library. The responsive design is compatible with mobile devices so you can visit us whenever and wherever you would like to do so.
The new product PureCocoa enables ForestFinance customers to invest in sustainably produced fine cocoa in Peru and to protect a valuable primary forest in Bocas del Toro, Panama, at the same time. The primeval forest is located in a region in Panama considered to be a biological hotspot and threatened by deforestation. Every investor receives a certificate designating her or him as an active forest conservationist.
After the law for the protection of small investors in Germany has come into effect, the Forest Finance Service GmbH offers the first direct forest investments in Germany with sales prospectuses in accordance with the new regulations.
With the beginning of the new year, ForestFinance founder Harry Assenmacher has left the management consisting now of Christiane Pindur und Richard Focken. From now on, Assenmacher will consult the management, ensuring that the corporate philosophy and brand essence of the ForestFinance Group will be preserved.
The first 15 tons of cocoa harvested by the ForestFinance Group in Panama and traded under the brand “ForestFinest” are shipped to Cape Town, where ForestFinance partner CocoáFair turns them into finest chocolate.
For ForestFinance, sustainable tropical forestry does not end with the harvest. A completely new business department is now occupied with the distribution of harvested raw materials and half processed products. Former CEO Olaf van Meegen is responsible for developing the new business structures.
The ForestFinance cocoa forests in Panama are now UTZ certified. UTZ certification shows consumers that products have been sourced, from farm to shop shelf, in a sustainable manner.
ForestFinance customers now have the possibility to mix various forest investment options by using an online tool: the newly developed ForestMixer at www.forestfinance.de/waldmixer allows you to decide how much money you want to invest in different products while receiving detailed information on your individual investment.
ForestFinance is supporting the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) biodiversity survey conducted in forest projects around the Orinoco River. The finca La Paz in Colombia was chosen as one of four project areas where the pilot project “Promoting biodiversity conservation on privately managed productive forest areas and pasture land” will be implemented.
The ForestFinest Consulting eG, a consultancy service provider for forestry and land use projects, is founded.
In the first half of 2014, ForestFinance pays out over one million in revenue generated in the previous year to customers. The proceeds are derived from the sale of carbon credits and wood biomass.
The online portal Rank a Brand examines 36 chocolate brands in regard to their ecological and social sustainability. “ForestFinest”, the 80 per cent cocoa chocolate, takes first place.
With the forest cemetery FinalForest (Rest in Trees), ForestFinance offers the possibility of protecting one of Germany’s oldest forests for 99 years.
ForestFinance is one of nine finalists in the region nominated for the award “Großer Preis des Mittelstandes”.
ForestFinance is honoured as “eco pioneer” by the German Earth Day section and receives the innovation award from the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the bronze medal of the federal “green office” competition of B.A.U.M. e.V. and the gold label from the eKomi customer rating.
New sales offices in France are opened.
Christiane Pindur becomes CEO Administration.
“CO2OL Tropical Mix” is now an acknowledged Gold Standard transition project.
In June, ForestFinance welcomes the ten thousandth customer. After 17 years of doing business, the outcome is extremely positive in more than one regard: the company disposes of more than three million trees planted in five countries on three continents and an afforestation area of more than 16,000 hectares.
In response to the high demand by investors, ForestFinance opens up new project locations in Peru and Colombia.
ForestFinance initiates a further education programme for forestry staff in Vietnam together with GIZ.
The TreeShop.de starts off with ecological and innovative products, including the first tablet holder produced from certified tropical wood and proof of origin.
Due to the growth of the ForestFinance Group, two additional CEOs are appointed: Dirk Walterspacher as CEO Carbon Business and Olaf van Meegen as CEO Sales.
ForestFinance is the first forest investment provider to publish a detailed sustainability report.
The forest protection project “WildBeech” is initiated: ForestFinance and B.A.U.M. e.V. offer companies and individuals the opportunity to actively engage in the protection of 100 hectares untouched beech forest.
ForestFinance is an official partner of the UN campaign “International Year of Forests”.
ForestFinance opens its representative office in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The ForestFinance Group is the first German company worldwide to receive the FSC Global Partner Award in the “Financial Services” category.
ForestFinance launches the first product, GreenAcacia, in Vietnam. As an additional ecological benefit, GreenAcacia turns already afforested monocultures into ecologically and sustainably used mixed forests.
With the annual report 2010, ForestFinance publishes a consolidated financial report for the whole ForestFinance Group for the first time.
First thinnings: ForestFinance pays out first revenues to investors, exceeding the revenue forecasts from the late ’90s, when the trees were planted.
The afforestation project “CO2OL Tropical Mix” is threefold certified under the standards of the FSC®, CarbonFix and CCB, becoming the first project of its kind to meet the “meta standard” recommended for forest climate protection projects by the WWF.
The millionth tree on behalf of German investors is planted.
ForestFinance initiates the first afforestation projects in Vietnam.
Sweet return: with CocoaInvest, ForestFinance introduces the first forest/ agro-forest product to the market.
CO2OL becomes a brand and a business division of the ForestFinance Group.
ForestFinance takes over the forestry service provider in Panama; the ForestFinance Group comes into existence.
Bye bye factory hall: ForestFinance moves into a bigger office in the centre of Bonn.
The newly introduced ForestSavingsPlan enables investors to make their dream of owning forest come true.
The Forest Finance Service GmbH is founded and registered.
With the GiftTree, ForestFinance now offers a product which is perfectly suited as a birth or baptism gift.
With WoodStockSingle, ForestFinance introduces its first “savingstree” to the market: the predecessor of today’s GiftTree.
The TreeSavingsPlan is launched, allowing private investors with a smaller budget to sustainably invest in the ecological regrowing of raw materials.
Regular sales of 1-hectare forest investments. ForestFinance develops the product WoodStockInvest.
The first afforestation projects for carbon offsetting are initiated in Panama.
All our forests are FSC® certified. As the partner company of a Panamanian forestry service provider, ForestFinance sells the first forest areas as an investment product to German customers.
The COOL company is founded – Association for the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere (Verein zur Verminderung von Kohlendioxid in der Atmosphäre e.V.).
Harry Assenmacher starts his journey with tropical afforestation by planting his own forest in Panama. The initial plans are made for the sale of forest areas as an investment.