SocialForest is a social enterprise dedicated to forest management and the carrying out of forestry jobs. Our main focus lies on the training and social integration of unemployed youngsters at risk of social exclusion. We offer forestry services for private, as well as for public institutions in Catalonia and Germany.  A sustainable vision of forestry and a collaborative and social conception of vocational training, are key factors of SocialForest’s mission.

The initiative’s origin lies in the approach to use sustainable forestry as a tool of social inclusion. Furthermore, SocialForest is driven by making every effort to support clean and cheap energy while at the same time protecting nature and the environment. We aim to establish a culture of forestry in society and to make people aware of the woods’ great value as a natural resource, energy source and weapon in the fight against climate change.

The Social Entrepreneur Joachim Englert, who founded SocialForest, loves to think back to when he came up with the idea to initiate this project:

“From an early age I have always been interested in the forest as well as helping other people. My first social project related to the woods was the construction of a woodland nature trail with street children in Brazil in the year 2000. Afterwards, from 2004 until 2012 in Barcelona, I collaborated on various social projects with socially excluded groups of people, such as drug addicts or prisoners, training them in forestry work. Due to a continuous restlessness and the urgent desire to create a social project to my own taste, I became a freelancer in 2013. When my project idea was awarded by the social foundation “La Obra Social de la Caixa”, this long-cherished dream became a reality: SocialForest was born.”

At SocialForest we care about environmental protection and the people standing behind the project. Team work, mutual confidence and a relaxed and friendly working atmosphere are crucial parts of SocialForest. Get to know our team! 

  • Sergio Gámez Cano – 24 from Les Planes de Sant Cugat, Spain
    Sergio Gámez Cano – 24 from Les Planes de Sant Cugat, SpainLeader of an operational forestry team

    Sergio is head of one of the operational forestry teams. He ensures that all the hard work in the woods is carried out in a professional way. Sergio is very motivated to have an active part in the team and to learn more about forestry and the environment every day. With his work he wants to contribute to the company’s success so that the project can grow in the future. We are very proud that we have found such a valuable employee for SocialForest.

    • Joachim Englert, 41 from Balingen, Germany
      Joachim Englert, 41 from Balingen, GermanyFounder of SocialForest, Coordinator of projects and security matters and Forest Coach

      Joachim is the coordinator of projects and security, as well as Forest Coach (trainer). By founding SocialForest his dream came true: he was able to combine two of his greatest passions – forests and helping others, while at the same time creating a positive impact for people and the environment. For him, being a (social) entrepreneur means embarking on a big adventure full of emotions and challenges. “It is not always easy, but very motivating!”

       

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