Clemens Tönnies, chairman of the supervisory board of Bundesliga football team Schalke 04, has raised criticism with his theses on combating climate change. According to newspaper Neue Westfälische , the co-owner of the food manufacturer "Tönnies Holding" said Thursday that Thursday, instead of higher taxes, one would rather finance 20 power plants a year in Africa. Tönnie's reason for this: "Then the Africans would stop cutting down trees and they will stop producing children when it's dark." According to NW, he received applause from those present after initial irritation.
Bernd Riexinger, leader of the Left Party, wrote on Twitter: "Tönnie's racist statements are a good example of how racism and capitalism go hand in hand, as both aim at oppressing and exploiting humans and nature." Tönnies apologized over the Twitter channel of his company for his statements:
C. Tönnies: I would like to clarify my statement on the impact of climate change. I am an entrepreneur for an open and diverse society. I am sorry for my statement on the wealth of children in African countries. That was inappropriate in content and form- Tönnies Dialog (@ToenniesDialog) August 2, 2019
The Tönnies Group with around 16,000 employees worldwide achieved sales of € 6.65 billion in 2018 with the slaughtering of pigs and cattle.