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Help shape education for responsible management

What if you could zip back in time to restart your education and career today? What field would you choose to study? And in what type of organization would you like to start your career? These were questions I asked… Continue Reading

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Supervisory board member serving young and old

In the supervisory board portfolio of Afien Spree, societal value creation is all about people. She serves on the supervisory board of BrabantZorg senior care and regional education and training center ROC Midden Nederland. Purpose is key The purpose of… Continue Reading

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Connection and diversity for long-term value creation and impact

When asked why she serves on supervisory boards, she is quick to answer. Petri Hofste wants to be involved with organizations in a broad strategic way, to have an impact, to make this world slightly better. After a role as… 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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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