Bedrijfsdoelen verduurzamen

Order the book ‘Bedrijfsdoelen verduurzamen’

Most of the Dutch companies are motivated to make their corporate goals sustainable. This ensures their continuity, risk analysis and integrity, for themselves, the customers and the government. This book explains how companies can be more sustainable without an extra investment, knowledge, manpower, and competitively sensitive information

Bedrijfsdoelen verduurzamen” provides a cohesive, integrated view, rather than a cluttered list of regulations, standardization, subsidies and taxes. The language that is used in this field will be explained, and the English terms are translated, such as impact, social responsibility, due diligence, and etc) In addition, clarity is provided about the period within which you can achieve your goals, and incorrect assumptions are removed.

Hugo von Meijenfeldt was a lawyer and manager at the Ministry of the Environment. After that, he was the first Climate Envoy for the Netherlands, Consul-General in San Francisco, and the first National SDG Coördinator. At UN Global Compact, he uses his acquired comprehensive and focused vision to help companies set and achieve ambitious sustainable goals. This publication is a result of this.

Recording conference: ‘Integrating Sustainability in your Corporate Goals’

On 21 October 2021, the conference ‘Integrate Sustainability into your Corporate Goals’ took place. The book ‘Bedrijfsdoelen verduurzamen’ by Hugo von Meijenfeldt was presented here.

The conference provided participants with the tools to help shape a successful regular business, aimed at combining long-term prosperity and achieving social,

Looking back on the past year

Looking back on the past year

Many of you may already be enjoying a well-deserved holiday. Or are day dreaming about a sunny beach, completing the last jobs at the office. For perhaps even more than in other years, everyone is in need of summer relaxation. This COVID-19 year brought new challenges for many; how to stay healthy together, how to deal with disappointing economic results due to the lockdowns and all the measures, how to find a new work-life balance now that these have become much more intertwined. And then to realise that we are still not there.

But perhaps, despite the fact you’re already in the holiday mood, it has not escaped your notice that sustainability is at a turning point. We are definitely doing away with the idea that sustainability is something you do on top of your business; sustainability is an integral part of your business. Sustainability is not something reserved for just a few larger companies or green front runners; it is mainstream and belongs on every company’s agenda. These are the conclusions we can draw from various legislative proposals that are quite ‘changemakers’. The legislator speaks: The European Commission presented a package of more than 2,000 pages of legislation to make Europe climate-neutral. The European Commission also presented a new strategy for sustainable finance, in order to increase private investment in sustainable projects and activities, and a new standard was presented for green bonds. We are still awaiting a proposal from the European Commission for European IMVO due diligence legislation, although there is already a Dutch bill on the table for a statutory duty of care to limit IMVO risks on the initiative of the Christian Union, GroenLinks, PvdA and SP. The European Commission is also working on extending the scope and reach of the non-financial reporting directive, which will require more companies to report on their sustainability impact. And the Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Committee has presented proposals to tighten up the relevant self-regulation, requiring companies to account for the social effects of their policies. And where the legislator does not act, we see that the courts enforce the sustainability standard, see the recent judgment in the Shell case.

Global Compact Network Netherlands sees this as public confirmation of the importance of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals. Principles such as recognition of international human rights, abolition of child labour and support for a preventive approach to environmental issues will thus feature more prominently on the agenda of company management. At the same time, we see that even now, without this legislation, Global Compact members demonstrate annually through their Communication on Progress how they are progressing in the areas of human rights, environment, labour and anti-corruption. The intrinsic motivation to become more sustainable is very powerful. And that is also a warning for the legislator; we must guard against sustainability degenerating into the ticking off of legal requirements as a compliance issue. The question of how to achieve optimal sustainability impact should remain at the forefront of legislators’ minds when considering new regulations.

I am proud of all the enthusiasm within our network to take full responsibility for the major global challenges. 80% of participants in the SDG Ambition programme have identified new SDGs on which they can increase their impact. A nice selection of our members is about to participate in the Target Gender Equality programme and the Climate Ambition Accelerator to sharpen their focus on gender equality and climate and to start working on it. With these concrete acceleration programmes, the Global Compact contributes directly to making business more sustainable.

There was also considerable interest from companies in learning how to improve the quality of their human rights due diligence. With the cooperation of KPMG and Shift, we were able to provide this via a webinar and two round tables.

During the compilation of the national SDG report, it emerged that more and more companies are working to incorporate the SDGs into their business. And many companies have signed the call for a sustainable coalition agreement, the initiative of SDG Netherlands, of which we are partners.

That intrinsic motivation to work for a better world can be sparked at an early age was proven by the story of Orcun Sersungur, member of the SDG Young Leaders Board during their kick-off event #BeTheChange. As the son of Turkish parents, he has experienced at first hand that society is in practice less inclusive than we would like. While he was top of the class, he was pigeon-holed into thinking that VMBO was good enough for him. He has learned to dare to speak out, because that is the only way to change. Perhaps something to think about on a distant beach or at a quiet holiday spot a little closer to home. Do you speak out when you experience injustice? Do you speak out when your peers commit misdeeds in the areas of human rights, labour and the environment? Be the change, it makes a world of difference.

Sponsor Team Qhubeka

Sponsor Team Qhubeka

Both cycling fans and Africa experts will have noticed: in the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France Team Qhubeka participated. In Italy three stages were won and at the finish in Paris the team celebrated International Mandela Day. The team was founded quite some years ago, has an extra sponsor NextHash now, and is settled in the Dutch province of North-Brabant. Team Qhubeka has received a professional recognition by the UCI and the IOS, and played a central role in the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The team started with a simple goal: make Qhubeka bikes available for school children in South-Africa, with Nelson Mandela as patron. The team has in the meantime grown out into a movement for social mobility to help people travelling sustainable with the help of Qhubeka Charity, to offer an impact on quality of gender and race and access to education, human rights and entrepreneurship. € 6 million has been collected already and spent on a multitude of projects.

TheTour de France #HeroesOnBikes campaign is taking part.In 2019 Qhubeka won the Sport for Good under UNSDG #17 partnerships for the goals. Team manager Doug Ryder explains in a podcast why this initiative is authentic and honest. Business is involved through the World Economic Forum and supplier and sponsor contracts. A substantial shirt sponsor would be very welcome. We know a few of our members are already active in the world of cycling. Who will become our sustainble sponsor for Team Qhubeka? Advise the sponsor-colleague in your company to directly contact Daan Luijkx (former team manager VacanSoleil).

SDG Young Leaders Network

SDG Young Leaders Network

The SDG Young Leaders Network is an SDG-focused connector of young professionals and young professionals networks, which empowers them to accelerate change in organizations and achieve the 2030 agenda.

Direct action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is needed in order for them to be achieved by 2030. Young professionals could play a key role in this, but their voices are often not heard and included in organizations’ decision making processes. This is a missed opportunity, because young professionals can bring valuable input and a new perspective in such processes from their own experiences and knowledge. This can lead to a more effective and future-proof decision making. Also, since the SDGs are about the young professionals’ future, they should have a seat at the table when it comes to decision making on the SDGs.

In the Netherlands, there are several young-professionals interested in the SDGs who do not have access to any platform through which they can engage with them. Also, there are networks, within organizations and in the civil society space, or unaffiliated young professional networks, which have a social drive, focussing, knowingly or unknowingly, on one or some of the SDGs. There is a gap here, a connection between these individual young professionals and these networks can be made, with an overall view of the 17 SDGs. This is where the SDG Young Leaders Network comes in as an umbrella organization.

Vision & mission

We are a network of young professionals with the vision to create an inclusive world in which every organisation has sustainability at its core. Our mission is to mobilise young professionals to anchor and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in their organization through connection, education, and to go beyond.

Benefit from a network of Young Leaders!

We invite young professionals to join our network, to:

Connect with and learn from young pioneers, leaders, and change makers about how you and your organisation could address social, environmental challenges for your business, and ecosystem.

Advance the contribution of your organisation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through connection, learning, and empowerment of young professionals and change makers in your organisation and our network.

Challenge young professionals in your organisation to ideate, experiment, and implement ideas that address current and future social and environmental challenges.

SCALABILITY

Awareness

“Show me what is SDG Young Leaders Network”

Our different channels and communication tools help you to know who we are, what we are doing and whom we want to get involved

Adoption

“Help me become part of the SDg Young Leaders Network”

Our subscription model and social media presence allow you to become involved in the SDG Young Leaders Network

Action

“Help me get more involved in SDG topics”

With our events, we can help you increase the knowledge of the SDGs and broaden your network with young professionals with same minds.

Advocate

“I want to become the SDG Ambassador!”

Our Young Leaders Network provides you with the opportunities and tools to become SDG Ambassador and agent for change!

Young Professional networks focussed on individual SDGs

In the Netherlands, several young professional networks focus on individual SDGs; climate, gender equality, human rights, etc. Since all these young professionals are driven by social impact, learning about the other SDGs and discovering where there are synergies between their work, could be interesting to them and further empower them to bring their respective SDGs forward.

 

Young Professional networks within businesses

Most organizations in the Netherlands have young professional networks in place that aim to bring young professionals within these organizations together to allow them to expand their network and learn about topics that are relevant to their industry. Tapping into these networks by offering them SDG-related content and connecting them to other young professional networks outside their organizations to learn about the SDGs, will allow these networks to become an advocate for the SDGs within their respective organizations.

Individual Young Professional

In university, the “pre-young professional” is able to do extracurricular activities based on a certain SDG impact. After graduating, this often ends, and it is on to a full time job. However, the social interest still remains. Especially for these young professionals, this missing factor can be filled by engaging in the SDG Network. It can help them to see how the SDGs can play a role for them as individuals as well as for the organizations they work for.

EVENTS

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Bas Ooteman

Bas Ooteman

Climate Neutral Group, Klimaat en Energie Koepel (KEK)

Lievijne Neuteboom

Lievijne Neuteboom

European Banking Authority, Women in Financial Services

Orçun Ersungur

Orçun Ersungur

Invest-NL

Mpanzu Bamenga

Mpanzu Bamenga

Regiegroep Ongedocumenteerden Amsterdam, INCLEADERS

Firas Abdulhasain

Firas Abdulhasain

Philips, #BeTheChange

Jaïri Terpstra

Jaïri Terpstra

Unilever

The programme of the SDG Action Day is announced!

The programme of the SDG Action Day is announced!

The programme of the SDG Action Day is announced!

Cultured meat from the lab, mathematics against hunger, and inclusiveness in education. T hese are three themes that will be discussed during the virtual SDG Action Day on 25 September. The SDG Action Day is organized by SDG Nederland, in partnership with a.o. Global Compact Network Netherlands. This year, under the theme Decade of Transformation, we will look at the important transitions needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030. With inspiring speakers and 38 in-depth workshops, we have a broader program than ever before. But the urgency to get started is also greater than ever with only 10 years to go. Ingrid Thijssen, chairman of VNO-NCW, will speak during the plenary program and will pay attention to the initiative of Global Compact Network Netherlands concerning stakeholder involvement and how this can increase the impact on the SDGs. So get inspired, share your knowledge and start new partnerships on the day for SDG professionals, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and students in the Netherlands. Tickets are now on sale from €10,-.

Transformations That what it is all about on 25 September at the 2020 edition of the SDG Action Day. What structural changes do we need on the road to a sustainable 2030? Because the coronavirus has once again made us realize that we have to do things differently. That is why we are talking to Stientje van Veldhoven (State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management) about the transition to a fully circular economy, and with Ingrid Thijssen (incoming VNO-NCW chairman) we are looking at inclusive employment.

We ask Feike Sijbesma (coronation envoy and initiator NL 2025) about his focus points for the next 10 years, and National SDG Coordinator Sandra Pellegrom comes up with a state of affairs about the SDG’s in the Netherlands. Talitha Muusse, from Coalition Y, subjects the speakers to critical questions, and Miss Netherlands and NVVN-ambassador Sharon Pieksma puts the celebration of 75 years UN in the spotlight and ends the day with a DJ set during the virtual network drinks.

 

During the SDG Action Day Global Compact Network Netherlands organizes one of the 38 workshops. During this workshop our Senior Sustainability Advisor, Hugo van Meijenfeldt, will tell you more about the steps you can take as a company to implement the SDGs, using the program developed by UNGC, the SDG Ambition. SDG Ambition.

Passed the baton

Passed the baton

Blog from Hugo von MeijenfeldtIt can be said that, on the eve of the celebration of the fourth birthday of the SDGs, a lot has happened in the Netherlands. The informal networks that have been using it surprisingly broadly bottom-up and top-down already existed for the most part. That was a lot of less organizing. The number of national goals that are linked to the year 2030 has increased considerably, without these being necessarily traceable to the SDGs. That has saved me a lot of interference.

Can it continue this way? No. That conclusion has already been drawn from the bottom up and is accelerating. SDG Charter, the SDG Houses, the Global Goals Municipalities and SDG Café are doubling their strengths. Alliances around the 17 SDGs are developing strongly. A number of major events will be devoted to the SDGs, such as the World Tour of the Clipper Amsterdam and the Floriade in Almere.

There will also have to be something extra from above. The Netherlands must guarantee that it will honor its commitment to reach the SDGs by 2030. All actors say that it is now time to strengthen governance and goals, without striving for magisterial SDG cathedrals and fist-sized theoretical books. However, there is a demand for an increase in political and social direction and a workable implementation strategy.

Time to pass on the baton of SDG coordination. Earlier this happened to me in mid-2013, when after four years I retired as the first Climate Envoy. Two and a half years later, the Paris agreement was a fact. My successor can pick up the changed assignment with new impetus and work together with a doubled team from the SDG Charter on the conclusion in 2022 that the Netherlands is on track. A stronger commitment from the ministries is then necessary.

I myself will assist the sustainable forces in the “mainstream” of companies and financial institutions with public advice and action. Relocation of the SDG House in Amsterdam to the Malietoren in The Hague is then an obvious choice. There, in addition to its 10 principles, the Dutch network of UN Global Compact has strongly linked itself to the 17 SDGs. You didn’t get rid of me yet.