«What's great about working for gebana is the team spirit. The fact that we all get on so well and are all pulling in the same direction motivates me.»
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Purchasing and Certification
«Every time we do a stocktake in the warehouse, I'm impressed yet again by our growth. When I started working at gebana seven years ago, we had a small room with a couple of pallets. Now our warehouse covers an area of 1000 m².»
«I was impressed by the gift-giving culture in Tunisia. When the head of the gebana Maghreb region was here once, I spent two hours with him at the Kaufhaus department store buying gifts. He had to buy a new suitcase for them all! He didn't bat an eyelid when he had to pay for overweight baggage at check-in – much to the amazement of the woman on the desk.»
«In my first year at gebana I had the opportunity to visit the farmers and processing plants in Tunisia. To see that every pitted date is really cut open and seeded by hand made a strong impression on me.»
Direct Shipment Manager
«I heard about gebana rather by chance, although the promise of "Worldwide direct from the farm" impressed me immediately. Making this direct relationship between farmers and consumers possible is a great mission!»
"I love the Christmas period when things really get going in the warehouse and something is happening."
Head of Administration
«When I first heard of gebana about 15 years ago, I absolutely wanted to work here. To make it possible, I even changed from biology to bookkeeping – and it's been worth it!»
COO gebana AG (Commodities Trade and Production)
"Trade is changing. It must – and it will – increasingly take place in the South and create value. The gebana company is well positioned and has a great deal of experience. Small but complex like an international company – that's what I like!"
"When I as a vegetarian visited Burkina Faso for the first time, I had a bit of trouble with the food – especially with the meat, of course. I was ecstatically happy when I found pizzas at one restaurant. But that happiness didn't last long. An hour after eating the absolutely delicious pizza, I had a feverish temperature of over 40°C and was vomiting."
Systems and Projects Manager
"We were in Tunisia visiting the local date cooperative. I was served with a dark brew, it tasted bitter and grainy – terrible. Although it tasted foul, the fact that I drank the drink – coffee? – left more of an impression than all the papers I'd prepared."
"I'd arranged to have a Skype meeting with the Quality Manager of gebana Afrique but couldn't get hold of him and was getting increasingly impatient. Two hours later he came online: the Internet connection in his office hadn't been working and he'd gone to an Internet cafe in the town centre specially. I was rather impressed."
"The statement "Fair trade is a process and not a state" from the women picking bananas is so true, concise and to the point. It impresses me time and time again."
Customer Service Manager
"The most enjoyable part of my work at gebana is that every day we are able to make a small contribution to something good."
"A couple of years ago, I was invited to speak at an event on the subject of "Fair Bananas". The company Chiquita was also present. They'd had the head of European Marketing flown in specially. He'd barely arrived when he rushed up to me declaring his admiration for our work and for Ursula Brunner. I assume that at Chiquita there's an internal seminar on dealing with critics."
"gebana is a relatively small company. But the network we are moving within is large, complex, and changing rapidly. That's what makes the work so exciting – you really do learn something new every day."
«The variety of projects and products at gebana inspires me. Ideally, I'd love to visit all of our producers myself in order to find out even more about the living conditions and backgrounds in each location.»
«We need more fair markets nowadays, not only for fruits, but also for clothes and services. Nobody should spend a life working, and yet not earning enough to make a living or not having the possibility to make choices compatible with basic human rights.»
Junior Operations Manager - Assistant COO
«For a chocolate fan like myself, a visit to the cocoa plantations is a very special experience. Here at gebana, we try to keep the supply chain as short as possible in order to maximise the benefits for small-scale farmers.»
Trainee, customer service
«It's fascinating to see the questions our customers come up with for our customer service team! They obviously think really hard about the product, the packaging, the handling and shipping, and often suggest new ideas. I know I'm going to learn so much in my year as a trainee.»
Trainee, customer management
«Back in Thailand, my home country, I saw from an early age how unfair trade can be, which is why I feel it's all the more important to do a little something to improve things.»