How it started
Global Compact Network Netherlands ‘Listen-Up’ is a podcast series with inspiring conversation with entreperneurs that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In July 2020, the ‘Listen-Up’ team met for the first time. We all had the same goal, learn more about the SDG’s and share them with other young professionals and within our work environment. The program we signed up for, Young Professionals Program of Global Compact Network Netherlands, was supposed to be one year program were an enthusiastic team of young professionals, would work on an inspiring project to present at the end. It turned out somewhat different, since Covid-19 caused for a couple of barriers and hiccups.
The original YPP-team Jean-Paul; Ning ; Ivana; Hannah; Martien; Jan; Marco; Amina; Ton; Sanne; Gwen
Nevertheless, the team remained motivated and even a smaller group decided to continue this journey in their spare time and deliver a promising first series of podcast episodes on sustainable development.
We are very proud to have Dan Thomas on board as the host of these shows. In his role as Chief of Communications, Dan Thomas leads corporate communications, media relations and strategic events. At the UN Global Compact, Dan Thomas has led the creation of a new communications strategy designed to engage a broader coalition of partners in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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We started of as a team of 9 when our YPP program was launched in 2020. We continued in a smaller team; 6 former YPP participants and 1 GCNL employees that joined contributed with their knowledge and enthusiasm.
Sanne van Heusden
Accountmanager @ Hospitainer
‘’When I first joined the YPP program I set myself the goal to learn more on the SDG’s but moreover, to be able to inspire others to maybe change their lifestyles and see what is possible, even in your daily life. By launching this podcast, we hope to reach and inspire many!”
Coordinator @ Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
“Working on a better and sustainable world is not without a struggle. That’s why it is important to draw inspiration from other people’s success stories. In making the podcast we hoped to help ourselves and others find great examples, insightful lessons and above all, a bit of motivation in our everyday challenges.”
Deal Associate @ Shell
“While working on the podcast and listening to all the inspiring stories, challenges our guests’ speakers overcame, made me reflect every single time. We are never too small to have an impact in this world.”
Strategy Manager @ Ahold Delhaize
“It’s great to work on the same objective with other young professionals within different industries and different companies. We all feel like we should act more and faster to reach the SDGs. I think the challenge is ‘how’ we do that. I personally hope the podcast inspires people to act to change their behavior towards a more sustainable lifestyle.”
Portfolio Manager @ Van Lanschot Kempen
“Albert Einstein said that ‘we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them’. In our podcast we want to introduce thinkers and doers that offer a new perspective and potential solutions for some of the problems that we face today. Our goal is to inspire people to think outside their comfort zone.”
Martien van der Burg
Policy Economist @ De Nederlandsche Bank
“Our podcast proves that anyone can make a difference, either by inventing groundbreaking new business models or by tweaking existing practices. Working on this project with fellow young professionals active in so many different fields of business truly shows that achieving SDG action is our shared task.”
Julie Hemels - Hoff
CEO @ Blueyse
“My goal is to create a diverse and inclusive society. Everybody should be free to be themselves, without compromize.”
In collaboration with and thanks to;
Misja from Audiochef, for recordings; Curtis van Drunen from Skeleton Kids Records, for the intro and outro; all guest speakers for their inspiring stories.
Global Perspective Project (GPP)
In the past few years in collaboration with the networks from Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico and South-Africa, Global Compact Network Netherlands worked with Oxfam and Shift on developing the project Global Perspective Project (GPP). Over the last two years, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, workshops were organized with companies and NGO’s in said countries. The workshops were focused on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. How do you practically implement them? And what can you, as businesses and NGO’s, learn from each other?
Eight of our members actively worked on this project: ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, KPMG, Philips, Rabobank, Randstad, Shell and Unilever.
Publication and online portal: www.businessrespecthumanrights.org