Young professional Meet-up

Last Thursday, June 7th, Global Compact Network Netherlands organized a meet - up at restaurant InStock for the Young Professionals to thank them for their commitment to the Young Professionals Programme. During the meet -up the Young Professionals were inspirered by an interesting story about how InStock fights food waste by working with unsold products that otherwise would be thrown away. There was of course the opportunity to taste these dishes! Also we talked about the SDG Pioneer Campaign, the roll-out of the Global Young Professionals Program and attention was paid to the Young Leadership event on June 25

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The 2019 SDG Pioneer of The Netherlands

Last February Global Compact Network Netherlands started the search for our first SDG Pioneer. We’ve received a lot of inspiring stories from various young professionals. Our jury had the hard task of determining who had the best story and makes the most SDG impact on the road to 2030. After a long search we found our SDG Pioneer!  


Dylan McNeill

is the 2019 SDG Pioneer of The Netherlands who will be able to represent our network in the Global Round of the SDG Pioneer search. Dylan has made a significant contribution to the SDGs as Director for Supplier Sustainability at Philips and as the youngest board-member of the European Partnership on Responsible Minerals. Dylan is responsible for the scale-up of Philips’ Supplier Sustainability Performance program within Philips.


Dylan McNeill SDG Pioneer 2019



Creating change trough a continuous improvement relationship with suppliers is a true, valuable and very impactful way to create change in the heart of the operations of a mulitnational, and its suppliers” - Eva Rood (Director Positive Change Initiative, Rotterdam School of Management and jury member)


He advances the SDGs through different partnerships (Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals) that among others allowed the team to make accurate predictions on supplier sustainability performance over time. Consequently, new methods and tailor-made change approaches could be developed. As a result, the Supplier Sustainability Performance program booked large-scale success, improving the working conditions of more than 240,000, workers in 2018 alone (Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth). Additionally, this approach helped reduce the environmental impact of its suppliers (Goal 13: Climate Action)


Dylan is making a difference for many workers in the supply chain of Royal Philips. In 2018 alone, working conditions of more than 240,000 workers at suppliers were improved. That tremendous positive impact shows the spirit and leadership of a true SDG Pioneer!- Jan van den Herik (Board member GCNL and jury member)


Dylan and his team did not only contribute to Philips’ success by identifying the most important supplier sustainability improvement opportunities, but also to innovations for the SDGs by moving from a traditional auditing approach, to a scalable approach that ensures continuous improvement in supplier sustainability. On the way, Dylan and his colleagues actively shared this approach with peers and other industries, to increase awareness and mobilization on the topic of supplier sustainability.


The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact have been strongly embedded in the scale-up of the Supplier Sustainability Performance program Dylan is responsible for. This is particularly reflected in the supplier sustainability declaration (SSD) that Philips’ suppliers have to fill out. This SSD sets out desired supplier standards and behaviors and covers topics such as Labor, Health & Safety, Environment, and Ethics. Unlike regular audits through which suppliers often only seem sustainable, Dylan’s engagement program focusses on continuous improvement; transparency on performance; and clear commitments to meet the agreed targets. In other words, his approach helps build the suppliers’ capacities and ensures the Ten Principles become a significant part of the suppliers’ management systems. 


“Great job on the implementation of a new program in a big multinational!”- Liz de Bruijn (Programme Manager, Masterpeace and jury member)


SDG Pioneer the Netherlands Wineke Haagsma

The SDG Pioneer runner-up is Wineke Haagsma. Wineke is Head of Corporate Responsibility at PwC NL.Wineke has done a lot of work in creating awareness for the SDGs. She launched the ‘SDG Dome’, an immersive experience that combines virtual reality with a seamless 360-degree projection of the world’s biggest problems. It has already been visited by 3,500 people. Wineke has also launched an e-learning platform where stakeholders can familiarize themselves with the SDGs: the SDG Quick Start, which has already been used by more than 1,600 colleagues. In addition, she initiated an internal CO2-tax and the SDG Booster, a research on SDG implementation in The Netherlands.



About the SDG Pioneer search

As part of the ‘Making Global Goals Local Business’ campaign, each year the UN Global Compact recognizes a class of SDG Pioneers: young and future business leaders who are using business as a force of good to advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDG Pioneers play an important role in creating interest in the Global Goals. For the first time, the SDG Pioneer challenge started this year with a local round. Other local Global Compact networks that joined the search were for example the UK, South Africa and Egypt. Any young professional (35 and under) that worked at company part of the Global Compact Network was able to apply or be nominated by someone from the leadership team of the company. 


Stay tuned and keep an eye on our social media to find out more about our SDG Pioneers soon! Want to hear from our SDG Pioneer in person? Come join us at our event the 25th of June to hear Dylan tell his story!



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Are you committed to the Sustainable Development Goals and do you work for a company that is a member of the Global Compact Network? Are you younger than 35 years? 

Then sign up now and have a chance to be elected as SDG Pioneer Netherlands 2019! This means national and international recognition. A podium for your ideas within the world's largest sustainability network and the opportunity to be inspired by - and work with - other Global Compact companies to make the world a little more beautiful together and to reach the SDGs. In May, the Dutch SDG Pioneer of 2019 will be elected, which offers the opportunity to participate in the international round. The winners of the international round will be announced in September at the UN General Assembly in New York and will receive the title Global SDG Pioneer 2019. In short, a programme that can open many doors of opportunity!


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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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