Event: 'How sustainable is our prosperity?'

This morning, the event ‘How sustainable is our prosperity’ took place in The Hague, which was organized by Building Change and the SDG Charter, in collaboration with Global Compact Network The Netherlands and several other organizations. The event was devoted to the question ‘How are the SDGs being implemented in and through The Netherlands and what can we do together to achieve the world we aim for in 2030?’

The event took off with Jan-Pieter Smits (CBS) taking us through the results of both reports ‘Monitor Brede Welvaart en Duurzame Ontwikkelingsdoelen’ and the third SDG report ‘Nederland Ontwikkelt Duurzaam’ which were published yesterday by the CBS and PBL. He shared that on certain aspects of our prosperity (SDG 3, SDG 9) we can see a positive trend, though there are quite some aspects that we should be worried about, including the environmental and climate factors , which need more focus of all of us. 

Board member of Global Compact Network Netherlands and SDG Coordinator the Netherlands Hugo von Meijenfeldt briefly reflected upon these results, and asked the public ‘How is it possible that we still score so terrible on many of these environmental factors?’ He also shared that it is very much bothering him that our Dutch global footprint remains too large. He concluded that there is a need for accelerators to speed up the sustainability transition. Moreover, he referred us to the SDG Routemap which highlights the biggest challenges on the way to achieve the SDGs and aims to achieve the best opportunities together.   

During the panel discussion, our Global Compact Network Netherlands’ Executive Director Eppy Boschma participated to represent the Dutch corporate sector. She emphasised the importance of staying away from taking a negative stance in this very important sustainability discussion, and that we should focus and continue to have fun in achieving these goals. Moreover, she explained that also in the that was published at the end of 2018 also shows that awareness on and implementation of the SDGs is increasing in the business sector. Despite the many challenges that are still there to tackle, she points out that there are even more chances to collaborate, also with young professionals, to achieve Agenda 2030. 

Meanwhile, Talitha Muusse, the energetic moderator of the event, was asking all participants sharp questions. ‘Aren’t we too much focussed on publishing these reports, instead of taking the action we need to achieve the goals?’ was her main concern. 

During three debates, SDG 5 gender equality, SDG 7 affordable and clean energy, and SDG 13 climate action were discussed further. 

The question that was raised during the event by one of the speakers was: can we and will we? Global Compact Netherlands Network says definitely yes!

 

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Event: 'How sustainable is our prosperity?' The Netherlands and SDGs

Building Change and SDG Charter, together with Global Compact Netwerk Nederland and several other organizations, have organized this event. The event will take place on May 16th in The Hague. During this meeting, the two reports that were launched on 15 May and handed over to the Lower House of Parliament: the 'Monitor Brede Welvaart en Duurzame Ontwikkelingsdoelen' of the CBS and PBL and also the third SDG report 'Nederland Ontwikkelt Duurzaam', will be discussed. 

 

This launch of the reports will be used to ask ourselves the question: 'How sustainable is our prosperity? How are the SDGs being implemented in and through the Netherlands and what can we do together for the world we want to see in 2030? 

 

Board member of the steering committee of the SDG Charter Eppy Boschma of the Global Compact Network Netherlands, will give an explanation from an entrepreneurial perspective. She states: 'The publications we published at the end of 2018, the SDG progress report 'companies on their way to 2030' and, in collaboration with VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland, 'Global Challenges, Dutch Solutions', form the core of the input from the Dutch business community. 

 

Would you like to be present at this meeting as well? Sign up via this link: https://bit.ly/2WetqMD

SDG Pioneer jury-eng

February 2019 we have started the SDG Pioneer program: a search that aims to acknowledge leaders of the future that - in a remarkable way - use business to advance the SDGs. Last week was the deadline for the young professionals to submit their sustainability story. Now it's up to our jury to select one of them to be the first Dutch SDG Pioneer!

We are very pleased to announce the wonderful jury that will do the final review of our SDG Pioneer applicants:

Babs Dijkhoorn (GCNL board)

Jan van den Herik (GCNL board)

Hugo van Meijenfeldt (SDG Coördinator, Ministiry of Foreign Affairs)

Eva Rood (Rotterdam School of Management)

Liz de Bruijn (Masterpeace)

 

On the 31st of May at the latest, we will announce the 2019 SDG Pioneer of The Netherlands. He or she will be formally acknowledged and share his or her story during our event on the 25th of June 2019 from 13:45 till 17:30.

Human rights - Cities for digital rights

UN Global Compact connects companies to the 10 principles in the field of human rights, working conditions, environment and anti-corruption. UN Global Compact is one of the largest sustainability initiatives worldwide. There are also several local networks of Global Compact, including Global Compact Network Netherlands.

Together with two other major cities, New York and Barcelona, Amsterdam recently launched a new initiative that is in line with Principle 1: 'Cities for Digital Rights'. The goal is to bring together 100 cities within 100 days to protect the digital rights of the residents. At the moment several cities are already participating in the initiative, such as Berlin, Chicago and Helsinki. Together they are convinced that human rights, such as privacy, freedom of speech and democracy, must be included in the design of the local digital platforms.

More information about the initiative can be found here: https://citiesfordigitalrights.org

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Dutch Business Summit on Refugees English

Training courses, 3,500 jobs, aid programmes with the prospect of paid employment, starting one's own business or having access to better living conditions in refugee camps. Fifteen companies committed themselves to this during the Dutch Business Summit on Refugees, which was organised last week at the Rabobank in Utrecht. Global Compact Netwerk Nederland is promoting the Tent Partnership for Refugees, in which the above agreements were made. Companies can join the partnership. Our members Rabobank and Unilever, among others, took the initiative for this meeting in the Netherlands, together with the Tent Partnership. Other companies in our network also committed themselves to concrete commitments: Philips, Randstad, ABN AMRO, Arcadis, ING, Shell and Signify.


Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of the Tent Partnership for Refugees and in daily life CEO of Chobani, the largest producer of Greek yoghurt in the United States, was a keynote speaker. He underlined the enormous importance of the role that the Dutch business community plays in this. Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and vice president of the global UN Global Compact, stressed that there are now more refugees than ever before. Including refugees in the workforce, also to prevent the loss of a lot of talent, is a good thing to do. It also shows that employees are incredibly enthusiastic and loyal when they work in companies once. According to Wiebe Draijer of the Rabobank, finding enough people is not the problem, but regulations ensure that it takes a long time before refugees are allowed or able to work. The UN sister organisation of our network, the UNHCR, also contributes to attracting positive attention to the refugee issue. Jaime de Bourbon, senior advisor at the UNHCR aimed at promoting partnerships with the private sector, underlines the importance of the efforts of the business community.

Through werkwijzervluchtelingen.nl and various company initiatives, it is promoted that refugees get a job perspective. This initiative of Tent fits in well with this and will hopefully contribute to the goal, namely more refugees who can get to work and more entrepreneurs who take advantage of the opportunities that exist.