The Insect Respect team keeps raising awareness concerning the benefits of insects and the consequences of insect killing in lectures and panel discussions.
Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus is a sought-after speaker on topics such as the transformation of the economy through art, sustainable management of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and the growing "lobby for insects".
TEDx Münster: Discover the unknown
Under the motto "Discover the Unknown" the conference TEDx Münster took place on November 2nd, 2018. In front of 800 guests, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of Insect Respect, shared his unusual story: In the past, he used to sell simply fly traps and ant baits. He is the CEO of a family business with a 60-year-long tradition. But at some point he felt sorry for the animals. At TEDxMünster, he talks about how he became an advocate of biodiversity, how to save insects today - and how he created a new business model that turns the entire biocide industry on its head.
Values Transformation Contradictions on December, 6th 2018 in Düsseldorf
At the Congress Werte Wandel Widersprüche – Die neuen Gesetze der Innovation (Values Transformation Contradictions – The New Laws of Innovation) on December, 6th 2018 actors from cultural industries and SMEs discussed the principles of the future economy at Alte Kämmerei in Düsseldorf.
The event illuminated in short speeches and discussions what a new understanding of resources and values can look like and what kinds of strategies and potentials companies have that deal with contradictions and detours creatively. Addressed were attitudes and structures, operating curiously and openly in areas of tension, uncommon forms of cooperation and successful examples which create innovation and resilience in times of change.
Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of Insect Respect, spoke about the transformation of his own biocide producing company: from producer of chemical products to provider of ecological services. The trigger for this business transformation and the worldwide unique compensation model was a dialogue with the Swiss conceptual artists Frank and Pratrik Riklin. They initiated the cross-current "retten statt töten" (save don’t kill) and implemented the project "Fliegen retten" together with Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus in 2012. The underlying concept has been refined continuously ever since and applied to numerous activities in research and praxis. (Photo: Bozica Babic)
How can we reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals together? On November, 28th and 29th 2018 Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus represented Insect Respect at the Think17 Summit in Bochum and lead a session on the topic "Rethink partnerships: being successful, questioning business models" together with Jacob Kunzlmann from the Bertelsmann Stiftung. The congress brought up the question how the UN goals for sustainable developement can be reached together.
Impulse event at Kloster Andechs
On November, 21st 2018 an impulse event on "The Unexpected" took place at Kloster Andechs: "Dealing well with unexpected circumstances“. For Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus the encounter with the conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin was such an experience. In his keynote speech he spoke about "Every fly counts: How two artists unexpectedly questioned my business model and how I turned my company upside down“.
Workshop: pollinator-friendly landscape on November, 12th 2018 in Berlin
At the workshop „biodiverse and pollinator-friendly landscapes“ Dr. Philipp Unterweger (Insect Respect) and the other participants discussed how IPBES's claims, the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the action programme of the Federal Ministry for the Environment can be integrated into the German policies, which points are realistic in the experts' eyes and which are missing. The knowledge transfer project INTERNAS of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Leipzig) and of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (Bremerhaven) organised the event. It took place at the Leibniz Association in Berlin on November, 12th 2018.
Dialogue „insect decline“ on November, 5th 2018 in Dortmund
At the Dialogue for the clarification of facts about insect decline the guests exchanged on the basis of the central questions: „Has the hypothesis that insect populations in Germany declined by up to 80% over the last 30 years been proven sufficiently? What can be done?“. Following an invitation of „IKU Dialoggestalter“ Dr. Philipp Unterweger (Insect Respect) participated in the event, as well as representatives of agriculture, chemical industry, beekeepers and nature conservation.
National Forum Biodiversity: Action programme insect protection
The 9th National Forum on Biodiversity on October, 10th 2018 in Berlin addressed the Action Programme for Insect Protection of the Federal Ministry for the Environment. Under the slogan „Together effective against insect decline“ Federal Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze had a discussion on the proposals for measures with representatives of municipalities and institutions such as the Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), the Deutscher Naturschutzring and the German Advisory Council on the Environment. Tina Teucher from the Insect Respect team moderated the discussion concerning measure proposal 9 „Promoting civic commitment“. Afterwards the citizens were able to share their opinion on the measure proposals via Online-Dialog.
Impulse for the Ökoprofit Club Steinfurt on October 10th2018 in Ochtrup
What can entrepreneurs do against insect decline? To learn more about the possibilities for biodiversity on the company grounds the Ökoprofit Club Steinfurt invited Dr. Philipp Unterweger for an impulse to their meeting in Ochtrup on October, 10th. With his expertise on insect-friendly habitats the Insect Respect biologist suggested green roofing and revegetation on ground level.
Keynote at the Markentag (Brand Day), 28.09.2018
On September, 9th 2018 Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus spoke as a keynote speaker at the Markentag (Brand Day) at the University Koblenz (Conference on Brand Science). He recounted the development „from the fly to Insect Respect“. In the subsequent panel discussion the speakers debated the questions: Do brands have a political responsibility? Or should they stand back instead of politically taking a stand? For Reckhaus political statements are indicated if they concern the brand's core business - in his case it is the topic „insect decline“ and its causes. The event will become the foundation of a Springer publication.
Presentation at IG FÜR on 11.09.2018
Renowned speakers from economy, politics, science and NGOs shared their up-to-date knowledge on September, 11th 2018 at IG FÜR (Syndicate for healthy food) in Berlin. Under the slogan "Buzzed out? What does biodiversity mean for our future as a society and for us in the food branch?“ representatives from EDEKA, WWF, WBGU, CSU, BUND and REWE, among others, illuminate manifold aspects and perspectives. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus spoke about the „Economic Contributions against Insect Decline Using the Example of Insect Respect". An event video shows impressions from the congress - with a statement from Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus stating at min. 2:30. (Photo: Stephanie Pilick for IG FÜR)
Insect conference on 10.09.2018 at University of Hohenheim
On September, 10th 2018, experts talked about the „changes in biodiversity, monitoring and measures for the protection of insects“ at the University of Hohenheim. The congress was the II. insect conference of the DGaaE (German Society of general and applied Entomology) and the DPG (German Phytotherpeutic Society) and a satellite event of the 61st German Congress on plant protection. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus presented Insect Respect as a path towards a sustainable transformation of the biocide branch and economy in general and discussed with experts from research and authorities in the concluding forum.
Panel discussion at Museum of Natural Science Berlin
On July 2 2018 Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of Insect Respect, participated in a panel discussion on “How can nature get its voice back?“ with about 200 visitors in the Museum of Natural Science, Berlin. Hosted by Andreas Sentker (Manager of the Department “Knowledge” of ZEIT newspaper), Dr. Reckhaus talked about solutions together with Prof. Dr. med. Josef Settele (Department of Biocenosis Research at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ)), Prof. Dr. Susanne Renner (Systematic Botany and Mycology at LMU Munich) and Alois Gerig (MdB, Chairman of the Committee on Food and Agriculture). (Photo: Oliver Rauth, Office Alois Gerig MdB)
Link to event (in German):
Panel Discussion: How can nature get back its voice? (8.6.2018)
HeidelbergCement environmental forum, 07.06.2018
The construction material concern HeidelbergCement organised an environmental forum in Leimen on June, 7th 2018. For this they invited Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus to talk about sustainability, the value of insects and change management using the example „Insect Respect“. The HeidelbergCement AG champions biodiversity, what sustainability manager Peter Lukas made apparent at the conference „The Value of Insects“ which was hosted by Insect Respect and the Bertelsmann Foundation. His input „Insects at the stone pit – Biodiversity management at HeidelbergCement“ can be found in the multimedial conference documentation in form of text, presentation and video.
Insect Respect inspires Ökoprofit Bielefeld
On 3rd May 2018 Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus presented the Insect Respect idea at an Ökoprofit meeting in Bielefeld. The approach appealed to the companies cooperating for sustainable management right away. Many of the company representatives announced that they want to convert their brownfields into flower fields – over 35,000 square metres have been promised already.
OWL-Entrepreneur: Insect meadows instead of fallow land (29.5.2018)
Lecture at the Dialogue forum 2018: „Operation Biodiversity“
On 13th March 2018 representatives of economy, politics and environmental organisations will discuss ideas at the dialogue forum „Operation Biodiversity“ in Berlin. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus presented Insect Respect's aspired goal to protect insects. According to Reckhaus, companies must fundamental rethink their strategies and should take responsibility for the environment and the loss of biodiversity.
Insect Respect was honored for their ambitious goal – Insect Respect has become a member of Biodiversity Good Company Initiative. Furthermore, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus presented the joint project „Day of Insects“ as a possibility for environmentalists and business representatives to exchange lots of ideas. The project is listed as a good example on the action platform „Operation Biodiversity“.
„Day of Insects 2018“
After the fruitful conference „The Value of Insects“, which took place in November 2017, numerous people met up in Bielefeld once again on the topic of insect decline. They came together to discuss and connect on the 22nd March 2018. As initiator of Insect Respect and CEO of the company Reckhaus, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus introduced new cooperations and projects encouraging a different treatment of the six-legged animals.
More information: „Day of Insects“
Lecture at the BioFach
At the world’s leading biological fair, the „BioFach“, Insect Respect invited the visitors to explore the world from an insect’s point of view (Halle 7-214). The stand "Show respect for insects" was opened with a festive speech. In the course of the trade fair over 1,000 visitors took a pin in form of a fly with them and thus showed awareness of insect dying. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of Insect Respect, promoted responsible corporate action in his lecture „How companies can stop insects dying – a new way of treating insects and biodiversity“. He drafted the development of new business models: Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, winner of the Swiss Ethic Award, regularly gives speeches on corporate responsibility and sustainability.
Conference "The Value of Insects"
Representatives from economy, politics, NGOs and civil society were present at the conference "The Value of Insects" on the 9th of November 2017. Organised by the Bertelsmann Stifung and Insect Respect the conference encouraged discussions about the decline of insect number and diversity. Furthermore the society's sensitisation to the issue was a central topic. The conference documentation shows the speeches and gives an impression of the conference.
14th Symposium of the NABU Federal Expert Commitee of Entomology
On October 14th the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) hosted the 14th symposium of the Federal Expert Committee of Entomology. Within this framework Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of Insect Respect, gave the lecture entitled „Time to rethink: How do we handle insects?“. The speech was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Prof. Dr. Josef Settele of the biocoenosis resarch department at the Helmholtz-Centre for environmental research in Halle. (Photo: Patrick Urban)
Day of Insects
On the „Day of Insects“ by Insect Respect, which was celebrated on the 30th of March 2017, different experts on the subject of Insects in German-speaking Europe came to Bielefeld in order to present their projects and visions and strengthen their research and public relations work by networking. Insect Respect and the Museum of Nature Studies Bielefeld (namu) were hosts of the convention. During the interdisciplinary event, science, economy, civil society and laypeople came together to discuss the topic of „fostering insects“. A video about the Day of Insects shows impressions of the convention. A documentary of the conference shows the different presentations.
Biodiversity in urban and industrial areas
In the event series „Biodiversity in Werther“, different experts illuminate the topics of diversity of species, genetic diversity, diversity of habitats and ecological systems. On 23th of march 2017, Stephan Liersch presented in the citizens meeting place in Werther (Westf.) the project of Insect Respect to an interested audience. The history of the concept has developed from an art action to the world’s first quality mark for insect control with ecological compensation. The main topic of the presentation were the compensation areas, that have been created specifically for insects and other arthropods and contribute to the biodiversity especially in urban and industrial areas.
International conference of entomologists 2017 in Freising, Germany
The conference of entomologists took place from 13th to 16th march 2017 in Freising and was held by the German Society for General and Applied Entomology. The main topic was “Insects in woods”. About 300 entomologists from 12 countries visited the top-level international congress on insects and other arthropods. One of the 172 contributions was the presentation of Stephan Liersch about Insect Respect, the world’s first quality mark for insect control with ecological compensation. The conference brought together scientists from all entomological fields as well as interested guests. They discussed about actual research findings, new methods and strategies to cope with future challenges. The conference contributions are published in “Mitteilungen der DGaaE” (www.dgaae.de, in German).
Compensation Areas of Insect Respect for the increase of insect biodiversity
On 24th and 25th of November 2016, the 3rd Urban Plant Conference took place in Braunschweig, Germany under the heading “Insect diversity in the city – right planning and maintenance of urban green”. Based on numerous presentations, the 65 participants discussed biological, technical and planning aspects. The discussion also implied the presentation “Insectfriendly urban biotopes for the compensation of biocides” by Stephan Liersch (biologist at Insect Respect). He focused on the compensation and the development of the compensation areas of Insect Respect. At the end of the meeting, the participants worked out a common recommendation for the current White Paper process “Green in the city” of the German government, that also included extensive greening of flat roofs with assembly of different structures comparable to the areas of Insect Respect.
Dedication for culture
The 8th CultureInvest Congress was held on 3rd and 4th November 2016 in Berlin. More than 450 decision-makers from business, culture, politics and media exchanged their ideas in Europe’s most important forum for cultural providers and cultural investors. In the “Culture Lab – dialogue forum for business and culture” Dr. Hans Dietrich Reckhaus told the story of Insect Respect in his speech “Art as stimulus: How concept artists turned the business model of the Reckhaus Group upside down”. His cultural engagement had been highlighted in the Laudation at the European Culture Brand Awards 2015. This year’s panel was moderated by Thomas Helfrich, Head of Cultural Affairs at Bayer (in picture, right, with Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus).
This is how future works – brand eins Conference
The German business magazine brand eins invited to its annual conference on 26th may 2016 in Hamburg, themed “This is how future works”. The session about the world of companies was centred on change makers and rulebreakers. Brand eins editor Jens Bergmann interviewed Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus about his “Swimming against the stream: How can you win, when you challenge everything?”. In their conversation about Insect Respect, Jens Bergmann learned, who the business model will work, what are the reactions of the market today and if the whole thing is more than just a Public Relations gag. The video interview is available here (in German). (Photo: Tinka und Frank Dietz Photography)
The Green Summit on 17.5.2016 in Vaduz at the university of Liechtenstein was guided under the motto “Regional resilience for a strong and durable community of lake constance”. The event linked companies from the fields of renewable energies, mobility, food, agricultural sector, businesses oriented towards the common good and other sustainable products and services with users, investors and media. In the session about “Sustainability makes you hungry for more and less”, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus presented the quality mark Insect Respect with his speech “Love your pest”. Following the presentation, the Dr. Reckhaus fly-trap was introduced in the first shop of Liechtenstein, the pharmacy at the Postplatz (Schaan). The newspaper Volksblatt Liechtenstein reported (in German).
Forum Culture and Economy
In recent years, the relationship between culture and economy has been redefined and discussed consistently. It seemed that the facts- and figure-dominated economy gains influence. The Forum Culture and Economy highlights analogies between models for companies from the Economy and from the cultural sector. Can the inspire or compete with each other? On 18th march 2016, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus – initiator of Insect Respect – gave an example for a good cooperation between the two sectors at the Forum Culture and Economy in Bern (CH). In his Keynote speech about the “momentous art action” he illustrated how the two concept artists Frank and Patrik Riklin revolutionized his business model and how they contributed to its sustainable transformation. The Forum was supported amongst others by Migros, UBS AG, Swiss Re and the swiss Federal office for culture. (Photo: Patrik Kummer)
„Spirited entrepreneurs“ at the forum for knowledge transfer, innovation and networking
With 12 top-speakers from Germany and Switzerland as well as 50 exhibitors from the cultural and creative economy, the come 2016 on 11th and 12th march attracted several hundreds of visitors in Coburg, Germany. “It takes courage for new things to evolve, ideas to grow and businesses having success”, said Karin Ellmer, head of the Design Studio Coburg. Thus, the motto of the come 2016 was “spirited entrepreneurs”. The success story of Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus from Bielefeld, who held the Keynote, matched well to this motto. The entrepreneur in the biocide industry got inspired by art to fundamentally challenge his well-established business-model and direct it in a new ecological way. This attitude shift succeeded, as the story of “saving flies” and Erika shows. By now, Reckhaus creates compensation areas with “Insect Respect” to compensate the use of biocide products and saving flies. (Photo: Frank Wunderatsch)
Insect Respect gives inspiration for the green economy
At the congress “chances for a green economy” on 23.1.2016 in Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus spoke in his keynote speech about “Insect Respect – from an insect control agent to an insect saver”. About 100 participants came to the event, that was organized by the party “BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN” in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany). (Photo credits: © BÜNDNIS90/DIE GRÜNEN NRW / Matthias Falke)
Alliances between culture and economy
In the seventh regular Monday discussion of the series “alliances between culture and economy” of the “Platform Munich” on 23.11.2015, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus and the Swiss concept artists Frank and Patrik Riklin from the atelier for special tasks presented their collaborative project “Saving flies in Deppendorf”. During the art campaign Dr. Reckhaus experienced a 180 degree turn from insect killer to insect saver. From there on, he promoted the ecological compensation of insect control products with the new label INSECT RESPECT. He won numerous awards for his engagement, e.g. the nomination for the Kyocera environment prize and the Industry Prize best of 2015. (photo: v.l.n.r. Frank Riklin (Konzeptkünstler), Elisabeth Hartung (Projektleitung Platform München), Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus (Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG), Patrik Riklin (Konzeptkünstler); © A.T. Birkenholz für PLATFORM)
“Night of the Creative Industries” in Saarland – Keynote by Dr. Reckhaus
On 3rd September 2015, the Minister for Economic Affairs of the German Federal State Saarland, Anke Rehlinger, invited the public to attend the “Night of the Creative Industries” in the state’s capital Saarbrücken. The event aimed to foster the dialogue and networking between Creatives and stakeholders from politics and economy. With the keynote “Changing perspectives in companies”, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus from the Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG opened the evening. The business model and seal of quality “Insect Respect”, that arose from the artistic intervention “Saving flies in Deppendorf”, captured the interest of over 150 guests.
Shall artists be nice people?
Does art has to be free and “unusable” in order to attain a specific impact in society? Which role models do exist for artists and their supporters: Shall artists be nice people? And shall entrepreneurs, curators, patrons and art collectors be altruists? These questions were discussed by the participants of a panel debate in the Rotonda Business Club on 6.5.2016 in Cologne. Dr. Hans Dietrich-Reckhaus was one of the panel partners. On the one hand, the dialogue between art and business seems natural today. On the other hand, various contradictions and misunderstandings still do remain. Mr. Reckhaus for example is not taken seriously as an entrepreneur in the eyes of his business clients, when he points out the influence of artists consulting his company.
Green strategy convinces in Green Salon
Berliner Volksbühne (Green Salon), 29 January 2015: Within the context of the 1st International Strategy Slam and at the invitation of brand strategy associations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was invited to present the sustainable strategy of Insect Respect. The model of ecological neutrality was greeted with great acclaim by the brand strategists in Berlin – which was also the case at the Live Stream Event in Hamburg, Vienna and Zurich. In the Strategy Slam Award competition, which was decided by measuring the applause sound level, Insect Respect secured the second place with just one decibel less than the winner.
Initiative Culture and Creative Industry presents Insect Respect
At the annual conference of the Initiative Culture and Creative Industry of the Federal German government, which was hosted in Berlin on 6 November 2014, Insect Respect was one of the key topics. Within the context of a moderated panel discussion, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was invited to elucidate his strategy of ecological neutrality to 450 persons from politics, business and culture. In addition to this, an own good-practice workshop was devoted to the topic. Together with Frank and Patrik Riklin, Dr. Reckhaus pointed out how art led him to radical innovation and sustainable transformation.
Insect Respect presentation at the ESPRIX Swiss Award 2014
The ESPRIX Forum is the leading network for business excellence in Switzerland. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was invited to present Insect Respect as a model example of "Sustainable Excellence" at the conference accompanying the ESPRIX Swiss Award for Excellence 2014. The event took place on March 6th at the KKL Luzern in presence of the Swiss President Didier Burkhalter.
Insect Respect at Forum d'Avignon Ruhr
Is passion something we are born with, or is it a characteristic that must be awakened? Is it an individual or a collective phenomenon? Within the scope of the podium discussion „The diversity of passion“ of the international Think Tank Forum d’Avignon Ruhr, Insect Respect was introduced as a model case of active entrepreneurial passion.
Presentation at the Culture & Creative Industries Initiative
In November of 2013, the Culture & Creative Industries competence centre of the German Federal Government presented Insect Respect as a best practice example.
University of St. Gallen (HSG)
Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus speaks about the business model of Insect Respect at his Alma Mater, the University of St. Gallen (HSG), on a regular basis. Amongst his auditors are international students, e.g. in the course “Innovative SME-entrepreneurs” or in the course “Management in Europe” about “entrepreneurial service management“.