SKB: With nature in the city

Right on the initiative of Slovenia, the United Nations proclaimed May 20th the World Day of Bees in order to raise the awareness of the global public about the importance of bees for human race. Namely, every third spoon of food we take in our mouth depends on pollinating of bees. The bees pollinate as many as 170,000 types of plants and this is their most important mission.

The day after the first World Day of Bees in SKB they started a new story, named “SKB – with nature in the city”, who’s most important writers are and will be SKB employees. With the settlement of the Kranjska sivka, which are indigenous Slovenian bees, in four hives placed on the terrace on the III. floor of the

Marjan Marolt, SKB Beekeeper, Mateja Šoštarič, Honey Queen, Andre Gardella, SKB’s CEO, Gorazd Trušnovec from Urban Beekeeper Association and prof. Janez Koželj, Deputy Mayor of City Ljubljana near the SKB Urban Beehives on the terrace; photo: Mitja Ličar

Bank headquarter, they want to contribute to the preservation of the natural environment.

At the same time they expressed their respect for the Slovenian cultural heritage and the four hives were in collaboration with the Centre for Architecture Slovenia painted with the typical motives of three pioneers of Slovenian architecture, Jože Plečnik, Maks Fabiani and Ivan Vurnik, who strongly influenced the image of City Ljubljana. In Ljubljana also

the Bee Trail is established which connects more than 4,500 hives in the city and its neighbourhood.

Bees are an indicator of quality living conditions in the environment and in SKB we are focused on a healthy lifestyle. In SKB they are well aware that where there is a good environment for bees, there is also good place for people. The coexistence with diligent co-workers, bees, is also validating some of the values they follow in their daily work and are: striving for good relationships, team work, responsibility, persistence and dedication. Let us conclude with an encouraging beekeeping greeting: “Naj medi!” (“Let’s form honey!”)