Conference: Incorporating Sustainability into Your Business Goals

Small and medium-sized businesses (SME) represent a great share in the global and Dutch economy and have the potential to significantly contribute to sustainable development. Many entrepreneurs also want to do business in such a way that, in addition to long-term profit, they also achieve social, environmental and integrity goals. However, the question is more, ‘how’ can you give substance to this as an entrepreneur? How can you aim for a sustainable ambition without it costing you excessive money and time?

Hugo von Meijenfeldt has spent the past two years as Senior Sustainability Advisor of Global Compact Network Netherlands helping companies to set and achieve ambitious sustainable goals. In his book “Bedrijfsdoelen Verduurzamen” he combines his years of knowledge and experience in sustainability at the government (including as Climate Envoy and National SDG Coordinator) and his work at the Global Compact Network Netherlands and gives entrepreneurs concrete guidelines on how they can turn sustainability into an opportunity.

Key Topics
In a discussion with representatives from SMEs, large companies and government, we discuss the steps that SMEs can take towards sustainability and the importance of integrality in the sustainability agenda and the public-private approach.

The following questions are addressed:
How do you translate the sustainability goals (SDGs) into your business strategy? What steps do you need to take to achieve this?
How can you use the SDGs as a compass for your sustainability strategy? And how do you maintain an overview in focus in this large agenda of seventeen sustainability goals?
How do you combine efforts to limit CSR risks with efforts to make a positive contribution to sustainability?
What role does the government play in making companies more sustainable? How does the government determine the frameworks and how can the government help you?
Which tools can help you as an entrepreneur with sustainability?
How can you report on sustainability in a transparent manner? How do you find the right standards in the multitude of reporting tools?

Event Agenda:
Introduction and GCNL greetings by Jan-Willem Scheijgrond, Chair of GCNL
Book Presentation‘bedrijfsdoelen verduurzamen’ byHugo von Meijenfeldt, Senior Sustainability Advisor GCNL
Panel Discussion on integrating sustainability into business goals with:
Willemijn Wortelboer – Founder of RAW Paints, a Dutch company producing sustainable paint powder
Lieke Willemsen – Senior Policy Advisor on Sustainable Development Goals, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Anniek Mauser – Sustainability Director, Unilever Benelux
The moderator is Maarten Biermans – Global Head Sustainable Finance at Rabobank Capital Markets
Closing of the virtual session by Jan-Willem Scheijgrond, Chair of GCNL

Please note: The Event will be held in the Dutch language.

Speakers

Hugo von Meijenfeldt

Hugo von Meijenfeldt

Senior Sustainability Advisor at Global Compact Network Netherlands

Willemijn Wortelboer

Willemijn Wortelboer

Founder of RAW Paints

Lieke Willemsen

Lieke Willemsen

Senior Policy Advisor on Sustainable Development Goals, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Maarten Biermans

Maarten Biermans

Global Head Sustainable Finance at Rabobank Capital Markets

Anniek Mauser

Anniek Mauser

Sustainability Director, Unilever Benelux

Jan-Willem Scheijgrond

Jan-Willem Scheijgrond

Chair of Global Compact Network Netherlands

Date

21/10/21
Expired!

Time

16:00 - 17:00

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