Young Professionals Program

A SDG leadership journey that rewires your thinking, transforms your mindset and creates positive impact!

“I am honoured to carry the mission of the UN Global Compact forward in its efforts to mobilize businesses through its Ten Principles and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals” 

Sanda Ojiambo

Executive Director and CEO of the United Nations Global Compact

“It is abundantly clear that a much deeper, faster and more ambitious response is needed to unleash the social and economic transformation needed to achieve our 2030 goals”

António Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General

Young professionals from these organizations already participated

Global Compact Network Netherlands proudly  presents the renewed and enhanced Young Professionals Program (YPP)*. This advanced leadership program is based on action-learning. It is specifically designed for future leaders that are eager to:

Embark on an exciting SDG-journey and step out of their comfort zone

Be part of a mixed team of young professionals that makes a difference

Transform from an individual contributor to a high-performing team player

Discover how to unlock game-changing potential in themselves and others

DISTINCTIVE ADVANCED LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

During a period of 12 months, you are working and learning in a multidisciplinary team of 8 to 12 young talented professionals coming from different organizations to work on three key learning objectives :

  • Understanding what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are about and together with your team deliver an impactful and innovative SDG project.
  • Building and sustaining an effective multidisciplinary and cross-company team, getting insights in team building, team roles, team performance and team dynamics, understanding your own role within and contribution to the team.
  • Developing leadership skills that will contribute to become an inspiring, sensitive, innovative, effective and responsible business leader.
Nanne van der Leer

Heineken

Mart Beune

KPMG

Arian Hohmann

Tiny Giants

Yixiao Qiao

Philips

Tijn Willems

EY

Experiences of some of the participants

DEVELOPING ESSENTIAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS


The YPP is a smart and effective concept that stimulates the development of a unique set of core leadership skills. The top 10 soft skills participants are empowered to work on are:

  1. Strategic, analytical thinking and (social) innovation
  2. Collaboration, team building and team dynamics
  3. Creativity, originality and initiative
  4. Reasoning, problem solving and ideation
  5. Listening skills, judgement and decision making
  6. Effective communication and dealing with feedback
  7. Persuasion and result driven project management 
  8. Adaptability, cognitive flexibility and self reflection
  9. Emotional intelligence
  10. Leadership and social influence

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The YPP is primarily designed to target high-performing young talent at organizations participating in the UN Global Compact. The program is in 2020 also open for top talent from non-member public and private organizations. However, there are only limited spaces for organizations that are not a member of UN Global Compact.

For the teams that are kicking-off on Tuesday 15 December or Thursday 17 December we have 20 spaces available. So, if you are eager to join, don’t hesitate and apply now. We are seeking for young professionals who are:

  • Aged between 25-35
  • Based in the Netherlands
  • Have at least 3 years of professional working experience
  • Have the commitment and permission to invest 1 working day each month (for the total program 12 working days)
  • Are highly motivated and have a genuine Interest in sustainability, the SDGs, innovation and teamwork

Executive Team Coach and Program Director

Jan van den Herik

My purpose is to inspire business leaders to make a difference!

In my role as Executive Team Coach I am empowering and stretching future leaders to go beyond the ordinary.

Click here for more information.

+31 (0)6 51222450

jvandenherik@ziggo.nl

Program Manager

Marco Swan

My purpose is to create a sustainable transformation together!

In my role as Program Manager I am the primary contact and I am responsible for a smooth operation of the YPP.

+31 (0)6 51146829

swan@gcnetherlands.nl

Executive Director

Linda van Beek

My wish is to engage as many entrepreneurs as possible with the Sustainable Development Goals.

In my role as Executive Director, I am responsible for the integration of the Young Professionals Program in Global Compact Network Netherlands.

beek@gcnetherlands.nl

DELIVERABLES OF THE FIRST THREE TEAMS:

Team 1 – Project:

Raising awareness around food waste

Team 2 – Project:

Creating the SDG Game

Team 3 – Project:

Initiating a SDG Young Leaders Movement

Team 4 – Project (still in progress):

SDG Ambition & young professionals

PROGRAM BENEFITS

The YPP is designed to engage your organization’s brightest and best talent. In this advanced leadership journey young professionals are challenged on sustainability, teamwork and responsible leadership. Continuous guidance will be offered by a professional team coach.

Good for you

  • Learn about UN Global Compact, the Ten Principles and the SDGs.
  • Get involved in Global Compact Network Netherlands. Have access to a large network of experts, businesses, NGOs, governments and other local networks of UN Global Compact on a global scale.
  • Dare to challenge yourself to work in a multidisciplinary and cross-company team and gain insights in your own contribution and that of other team members to the team’s success.
  • Get guidance from a senior Executive Team Coach with extensive business experience (e.g. Corporate Governance, Sustainability and Strategy & Innovation) that will also help the team to reflect on team dynamics and team performance.
  • Add value to society by accelerating the realization of the SDGs by delivering an impactful project.
  • Become member of the ‘SDG Young Leaders Network’ Global Compact Network Netherlands

Good for your organization

  • Development of essential teamwork and leadership skills will strengthen and empower responsible leadership within your organization.
  • Participants become agents of change. They will support the acceleration and integration of the SDGs and the commitment to sustainability in your business.
  • Strengthen your branding as an employer of choice for top talent.
  • Participants will receive after completion of the program an official certificate.

TIMELINE

Application Deadline:

18 November 2020

Program starts:

15 and 17 December 2020

FINANCIAL INVESTMENT

€3.950 ex. VAT

Is the fee for participants from members of UN Global Compact

€4.950 ex. VAT

Is the fee for participants from non-members of UN Global Compact

* If a team consists of only Dutch speaking participants the main language of the program will be Dutch.

** In 2016 Global Compact Network Netherlands started the YPP. In the pilot phase (2017-2019) 4 teams of in total 36 participants joined the program. Due to the success of the pilots we decided to renew and further enhance the YPP, and scale it up to offer more young leaders the opportunity to benefit from it. In June 2020 two new teams of in total 18 participants joined the YPP and started their leadership journey.