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Raising the chocolate bar for industry change

For years, I’ve been supporting chocolate – and change – maker Tony’s Chocolonely to create their annual report. My kids and my colleagues love that I work for them. Because I always return from meetings with their yummy chocolate in… Continue Reading

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Sustainability requires change in the boardroom

How do you supervise long-term value creation and societal impact? Earlier blog posts shared tips to bring sustainability into the boardroom and the conclusion that sustainability belongs in the boardroom. In the context of a course I am teaching to… Continue Reading

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Driving change at Unilever through the power of purpose and film

What do Unilever Executive Hanneke Faber and documentary filmmaker Renée Scheltema have in common? For starters, they’re both Dutch women, with a journalism degree from an American university. They both have a strong conviction on how to create a better… Continue Reading

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The chicken and the egg of the food transition

On June 6, I visited Kipster, the most animal, environment and people friendly poultry farm in the world. Inspired farmer and co-founder Ruud Zanders told a diverse group of Nyenrode Business University alumni all about global food production issues and the downs and… Continue Reading

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Will we run out of food before we run out of oil?

When I was growing up, people used to worry about running out of oil. That has changed, as many of us now worry about whether we can keep enough of those fossil fuels in the ground to limit the dangerous effects… Continue Reading

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What sustainability leaders can learn from treasure hunters

Is sustainability leadership like a treasure hunt? Initially, I didn’t think so, as these two concepts have different characteristics. Treasures generally don’t move, while sustainability is an ever-moving target. Treasures are usually quite tangible and concrete, making it easier to… Continue Reading

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Bursting social media bubbles for social change

What if you could use the power of communications to drive change for a better world? Meet Kajsa Rosenblad, a Swedish-Dutch communications student at the University of Amsterdam. Over a cup of tea at my dining table, here’s what she… Continue Reading

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Take those first steps towards a sustainability career

Are you looking to integrate sustainability into your career? Your chances to do so are much higher if you leverage your current skills, rather than trying to land that job as CSR manager by taking some sustainability courses. This was… Continue Reading

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2017: Countdown of my best-read blogs

2017 has been another year for positive change! A busy one, with less time to write than less year, but all for good reasons. I wrote 25 blogs (versus nearly 40 in 2016), continuing the interviews with inspiring people I meet, reviews of relevant books, and… Continue Reading

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Al Gore’s call: be inconvenient to drive positive change

Just over 10 years after the award-winning documentary film An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore is back with a new film. I am very grateful that Triodos bank invited me to the screening of Al Gore’s new documentary film, An Inconvenient Sequel:… Continue Reading