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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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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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Tips to bring sustainability into the boardroom

The Dutch corporate governance code was updated in 2016, placing long-term value creation at the forefront. But what defines long-term these days? And for whom should this value be created? Primarily for shareholders, for clients and other stakeholders, or for… Continue Reading

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Starting small to build trust and to inspire big change

Meet Andrea van der Graaf, managing director of renewable energy company Tegenstroom and of sustainable investment fund Meermaker. Andrea and I used to work together at Greenpeace in the late ‘90’s. After a recent event about climate change, which we… Continue Reading

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How will you contribute to the energy transition?

In June 2017, I had the honor to co-host an event about the energy transition at Nyenrode Business University. The event drew alumni interested in sustainability and/or market & government matters. The main speaker, Ruud Koornstra, captivated the audience with… Continue Reading

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Shared learning and action to reduce plastic waste in Amsterdam

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, The Terrace hosted a diverse group of people to talk about plastic waste and the circular economy. The evening kicked off with an interview with Leontine Gast, founder of The Terrace, followed by a roundtable… Continue Reading

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The power of movement to halt climate change: the People’s Climate March

On April 29, 2017, I joined the People’s Climate March. People took to the streets around the world to raise a stronger sense of urgency to act against climate change. The date coincided with Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.  … Continue Reading

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Managing transformation for one planet

Meet Caroline van Leenders, senior process manager sustainable transitions at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. During 2016, I ran into her at several sustainable finance events. After watching her present about her Community of Practice Financial… Continue Reading