Fifth National SDG Report published on Accountability Day: ‘Nederland ontwikkelt duurzaam’

Fifth National SDG Report published on Accountability Day: ‘Nederland ontwikkelt duurzaam’

Fifth National SDG Report published on Accountability Day: ‘Nederland ontwikkelt duurzaam’

On Accountability Day, 19 May 2021, the fifth Dutch SDG Report is published, ”Nederland ontwikkelt duurzaam”. Global Compact Network Netherlands (GCNL) is one of the organizations that wrote this publication. GCNL has written the corporate chapter.

Within the business and financial sectors, the SDGs are an important topic. In fact, in a survey we commissioned specifically for this SDG report, 89% indicated that they had incorporated the SDGs within their business strategy and core operations. You might expect that because of Corona, companies could pay less attention to the SDGs because they were in dire straits. Strikingly, this proved not to be the case; for 71% of companies, the corona pandemic had not had a clear negative impact on their SDG commitment, in fact 66% said they had paid more attention to the SDGs in the past year. We also see this in the great interest there was in GCNL’s SDG Ambition programme, in which companies formulate concrete goals on the SDGs and translate them into their business.

SDG progress report

SDG progress report

November 30th 2018 – Today during the ‘The business approach and SDGs’ event at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University, the Global Compact Network Netherlands will publish the SDG progress report 2018; ‘Companies on their way to 2030’. Chairman Jan-Willem Scheijgrond hands over the first copy to guests speaker Lise Kingo, CEO of UN Global Compact from New York, and Hugo von Meijenfeldt, SDG coordinator from het Rijk.

Membered companies of GNCL, annually report what and how they contribute to the 17 SDGs. The 17 SDGs collectively construct the world agenda until 2030 for the worldwide challenges regarding climate, energy, food, poverty, health, and more. Chairman Jan-Willem Scheijgrond:“Increasingly more Dutch companies embrace the SDGs. The number of members who work on the SDGs increased from 68% in 2016 to 89% in 2017. Members include Philips, Unilever, KLM, Akzo Nobel, but also smaller companies and NGO’s, knowledge institutions, and local communities, among many more. The participating Dutch cooperate culture remains rapidly growing. We expect that this will remain growing over the next several years. Nevertheless this is highly necessary, wanting to have realized the 17 SDGs in 2030”.

The progress report shows that companies indicate to contribute most frequently to SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), 13 (climate action) and 12 (responsible consumption and production). They increase their activity regarding the realization of the SDGs. Even though this fact, a big contribution is necessary to realize the SDGs, inside and outside of The Netherlands. Transitions and breakthrough-innovations are necessary for climate and energy, circular economy and digitalization. This means that companies are requested to align their business strategy with the SDGs and increase their ‘impact’, also through partnerships, with as goal a sustainable world.

During the event, which GCNL organizes in collaboration the Netwerk Groene Groeiers of VNO-NCW, the Dean of the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Steed van de Velde and the chairman of GCNL, Jan-Willem Scheijgrond, signed an ‘Alliance’, focused on expediting sustainable development and centralize the necessity for intensifying the collaboration between businesses and knowledge institutions.

You can find the report here:

Global Challenges, Dutch Solutions

Global Challenges, Dutch Solutions

5 mei 2019 – Samen met VNO – NCW en MKB-Nederland hebben wij de tweede uitgave van de Sustainable Development Goals-brochure gemaakt. In de brochure staat de inzet van de ondernemers voor Sustainable Development Goals centraal, ondernemers inspireren ondernemers!

Op het moment zijn vele ondernemers in Nederland aan kijken hoe ze de SDGs duidelijk kunnen vertalen door hun strategie en doelen. In de brochure vindt u vele interviews en voorbeeld hiervan. Daarnaast het SDG Stappenplan, dit stappenplan biedt inzicht en inspiratie voor uw bedrijf en vele andere ondernemers in Nederland. 

 

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From shared values to a better world

From shared values to a better world

August 2 2017 – The world is changing. The question is: do we influence how it changes? The answer from UN Global Compact to that question is a resolute “yes”. We believe in the ability of companies to make the world a better place, whether it is child labor, water issues, human rights or corruption. And we see a growing number of companies making efforts to solve these and other problems. UN Global Compact strives to bring these organizations together, to share knowledge and to join forces. So that we all, step by step, create a better world for future generations. Your organization, large or small, can also play a role. You can read all about it in this brochure.