Stagevacature: Climate Intern

Stagevacature: Climate Intern


Functie titel: Climate in Business Intern | Students only!

Duur: 6 maanden – start in mei 2024

Locatie: Den Haag, Nederland

Stagevergoeding: €600 per maand – voor 4 dagen per week

Wil jij helpen de positieve impact van het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven te versnellen en op te schalen om het leven van huidige en toekomstige generaties te verbeteren? Heb je je ooit afgevraagd hoe het is om voor een VN-initiatief te werken? Ben je gepassioneerd door bedrijfsstrategie en het omgaan met stakeholders?

Wanneer je bovenstaande vragen met ‘ja’ hebt beantwoord, solliciteer dan om de nieuwe Business Strategy stagiair te worden!

Over UN Global Compact

UN Global Compact is het grootste zakelijke duurzaamheidsinitiatief ter wereld. Het heeft een ongeëvenaard wereldwijd bereik en de mogelijkheid om een divers netwerk van bedrijven te activeren om duurzame ontwikkeling te bevorderen in samenwerking met investeerders, de overheid, de VN en maatschappelijke organisaties.

Het UN Global Compact Network Nederland is het lokale netwerk dat werkt aan gendergelijkheid, leefbaar loon, diversiteit, gelijkheid en inclusie, duurzame financiën en klimaat. Voor de klimaat programma’s zijn wij op zoek naar een ambitieus persoon die uitkijkt naar een dynamische stage in het thema klimaat.

Functie omschrijving

Als klimaat stagiair werk je samen met een jong, diverse en ambitieus team aan onze klimaat programma’s. Dit ga je doen:

  • Ondersteun onze Climate Ambition Accelerator en Climate Peer Learning Group
  • Verrijk onze klimaatinitiatieven en programma’s met verbetersuggesties
  • Onderzoek en analyseer de nieuwste klimaattrends en klimaatrapporten van bedrijven en onderzoeksinstellingen
  • Onderzoek relevante klimaatinitiatieven en partners in Nederland, Europa en wereldwijd


  • Ondersteunin bieden bij onze klimaatprogramma’s
  • De leiding nemen in analyses van klimaatrapportages
  • Helpen bij evenementen

Wie we zoeken

  • Je zit in het laatste jaar van een universitaire MSc in Business Management, Global Business & Sustainability, International Management, Business Analytics & Management, Strategic Entrepreneurship of vergelijkbaar
  • Je hebt kennis van klimaat, scope 1-2-3, scenario’s, transitieplannen, klimaatinitiatieven
  • Je bent een uitstekende communicator in het Engels, zowel mondeling als schriftelijk. Nederlands is een pluspunt
  • Je bent analytisch gedreven en hebt sterke kwantitatieve en analytische capaciteiten
  • Je bent flexibel, leergierig en een echte teamspeler met een can-do mentaliteit


Gedurende je stage zal je samenwerken met en begeleid worden door Firas Abdulhasain (Sr Programme Manager Climate) en Merei Wagenaar (Executive Director). Er is de mogelijkheid om je scriptie te schrijven tijdens de stage.


Stuur je CV en motivatiebrief (max 1 A4) naar Firas Abdulhasain: vóór 23 april 2024 23:59 CET.

Bij vragen, neem gerust contact op met Firas Abdulhasain via Als je wordt geselecteerd voor de sollicitatieronde, word je uitgenodigd voor een persoonlijk sollicitatiegesprek in de Malietoren (Bezuidenhoutseweg 12, Den Haag) in de laatste week van april of de eerste week van mei.

The best time to invest is now – Impact Summit Europe 2024

The best time to invest is now – Impact Summit Europe 2024

the best time to invest is now

Impact Summit Europe 2024

From combating climate change to promoting gender equality and eradicating poverty, impact investing channels capital where it’s needed most. On the 26th of March 2024, our Executive Director Merei Wagenaar moderated a panel session on innovative impact opportunities with panelists Rikkert Beerekamp, head of professional solutions at Carbon Equity and Oyin Oduya, Impact Measurement & Management practice leader at Wellington Management during Phenix Capital Group’s Impact Summit Europe.

The 10th anniversary of Impact Summit Europe, the leading impact investing conference for institutional investors, brought together the global impact investing community to pose, reflect and address the current and future challenges and opportunities in the impact investing space. In the afternoon session by UN Global Compact NL, asset owners and asset managers shared the challenges and opportunities they encountered in their climate technology strategy.

A holistic approach

How do you build an impactful climate tech portfolio? That’s the question. During the discussion, the crucial need for a holistic approach to investing in climate technology became evident. Oyin exemplified this by sharing their take on an investment in a company developing robots and AI to enhance waste sorting. While the environmental benefits of such innovation are clear, it’s essential to consider its social implications. While we aim for scalability, we must also assess how the advancement of such innovations will impact job opportunities and subsequently its broader social ramifications.

Another perspective that was underscored is why certain asset managers opt not to invest in climate technology. What is preventing them from doing so and how can we change that? Whether it’s the absence of a proven track record, concerns about greenwashing and reputational risks, or other factors – the prevailing agreement is that difficulty alone shouldn’t deter action.

Last but not least, when deciding where to invest, Oyin and Rikkert highlighted the importance of considering the long-term impact a certain investment can have on disrupting the system. Technologies with the potential to challenge existing norms and systems can drive innovation, foster progress, and create substantial value over time. By strategically allocating capital to such ventures, investors not only position themselves for potential financial gains but also contribute to shaping a sustainable future.

The Big Impact Debate

The day ended with a bang as four speakers took the stage to take part in The Big Impact Debate. In two rounds, each competitor had to argue either in favor or against a bold statement. Our very own board member and lecturer Sustainable Finance at the University of Amsterdam, Maarten Biermans, made a case against litigations stating that we should beware of coming a slave to the fine print. Whereas his component argued that litigation = mitigation. Things got heated, but not to worry, ended on good terms with everyone being friendly at the network drinks afterward 😉

Investments as a catalyst for impact

The UN has estimated that the world will need to spend between $3 trillion and $5 trillion annually to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. At the UN Global Compact we see corporate finance and investments as a catalyst for growth and social impact. There is enormous potential to align corporate investments and finance with the SDGs, both to finance business contributions towards the SDGs and to build on existing sustainable finance solutions and framework to support the transition to sustainable development.

The UN Global Compact has worked on sustainable finance for the last decade bringing companies, investors, and UN agencies together. It’s also one of the five focus areas in our Forward Faster initiative, stimulating companies to set more ambitious goals. No matter where you are on your finance and investment journey, we can help. Our action guide will show you how you can make the biggest, fastest impact for 2030.

Photo credits: Phenix Capital Group

‘Change the system, not the women’ – recap International Women’s Day 2024

‘Change the system, not the women’ – recap International Women’s Day 2024

‘Change the system, not the women’ – recap International Women’s Day 2024

Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress

Women are effective business leaders, yet they make up just 6% of CEOs globally. How do we get not only investors, but all of society to see the value of female leadership? On the 8th of March we celebrated International Women’s Day with this year’s theme being: Invest in Women. Together with our partners Euronext, UN Women Nederland, Women in ETFs, Optiver and Flow Traders we curated a full-day event brimming with insightful talks from inspiring speakers.

Mentoring and sponsoring programs

The day started bright and early with a breakfast session set in the historic boardroom, a space with a backstory: there was a time where women were barred from its doors. Today, the presence of our women organizers and attendees indicates the progress we’ve already made. Moderated by our Executive Director Merei Wagenaar, the session unfolded with an engaging conversation between Sten ter Horst, HR Director Center of Expertise for Talent and DE&I at AkzoNobel and Mariëtte Los, Partner & Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Executive Committee at Deloitte, shedding light on their approaches to advancing equality & inclusion within their respective companies.

Mariëtte elaborated further on Deloitte’s mentoring culture, emphasizing the significance of implementing both mentoring and sponsoring programs. The main difference between the two is that mentorship is mostly about someone providing you with advice and feedback whereas sponsorship involves someone directly advocating for your because they believe in your ability and potential. She stressed the importance of ensuring that all women have access to both forms of support.

In turn, Sten shed light on AkzoNobel’s strategy for navigating diverse cultures and addressing local challenges. Through collaboration with local resource groups, they gather insights on necessary policy adjustments. While these insights inform global policies, Sten emphasized the necessity of acknowledging that not all global policies seamlessly translate to local contexts. Thus, he underscored the importance of allowing flexibility for local adaptations.

Changing the system

At 9 AM sharp, the official bell-ringing ceremony took place, officially opening the trading day. Globally more than 100 stock exchanges participate in the ceremonial bell ringing with the aim to bring attention to the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality and to raise awareness about the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

The morning programme continued with an inspiring talk by Hoba Gull, Dutch UN Women’s Representative, who emphasized that gender equality is more than investing in the representation of women in leadership positions, it’s about investing in changing conditions for all women. It’s about fighting poverty & violence, cultural norms and what we value in society. Ultimately, it’s about changing the system.

Her speech was followed by the introduction of the newly launched Pink Chip initiative. Pink Chip tracks women-led companies in markets around the world, helping investors to realize the true value of female leadership, free from the market bias that undervalues it.

Invest in women

After this insightful morning, the afternoon program was kicked off with a fireside chat between moderator Marianne Aalders from Euronext, our director Merei Wagenaar and Marije Cornelissen, Executive Director UN Women Nederland, emphasizing once more that investing in women is crucial to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. We cannot fight climate change without investing in women. Fostering equality can reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by nearly 70 gigatons between 2020 and 2050.

The day continued with a key note by Sacha de Boer, visual storyteller & photographer, who captivated the audience with an inspiring story about her encounters with powerful girls and women on her travels around the world – from Zimbabwe to the North Pole. Through her lens, she illuminated the hidden leadership roles held by women. Whether they are harvesting, cooking or teaching, her photographs showed us that it’s often the women who are the driving force shaping the world.

Last but not least, we invited Caroline Wouters, EVP and Chief Communications, Brand and Marketing Officer at Wolters Kluwer and Michiel Gilsing, CFO at Vopak, to share their take on gender related equality challenges in a panel discussion. Themes included establishing safe environments for women both within and beyond the workplace, the efficacy of quotas, and strategies for attracting female talent.

Not just another date on the calendar

The day was closed with a second bell-ringing ceremony followed by some drinks to unwind and reflect on this International Women’s Day. We look back on an engaging event that has hopefully inspired meaningful change.

And now that the dust has settled.. let’s shake it up again! Because being vocal about gender equality is and should not be restricted to one day only. Every day presents an opportunity to champion equality and challenge biases. Join the Target Gender Equality Accelerator and set ambitious corporate targets for women’s representation, equal pay and leadership in business. Application deadline: 31 May 2024.

Participate in our Positive Impact Research and be a catalyst for change

Participate in our Positive Impact Research and be a catalyst for change

Positive Impact Research

Does your organization have a sustainability strategy? We bet it does! Share your experience and join us in making a difference for both corporate and societal sustainability by taking part in our Positive Impact Research.

Corporations and professionals have a huge influence in shaping a better world for people, planet and our collective prosperity. Together they can create a foundation for a future in which the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are met.

In collaboration with Dyade, Rotterdam School of Management and Nyenrode Business University, we’ve initiated a scientific study that aims to explore all levels of sustainability within corporations in the Netherlands as well as the lives of the professionals who drive them. By participating in this research, you not only support the UN Global Compact mission to amplify positive impact and foster sustainability around the world, you also stand a chance to win one of three VIP tickets to the publication event of the report later this year.

Thank you for your participation!

Drs. Merei Wagenaar – UN Global Compact NL
Dr. Jessica van Wingerden – Dyade & UN Global Compact Network NL
Prof. Dr. Rob van Tulder – Rotterdam School of Management
Prof. Dr. Pascale Peters – Nyenrode Business University

Report on Human Rights Due Diligence in the Consumer Goods Industry

Report on Human Rights Due Diligence in the Consumer Goods Industry

BE human, be kind: human rights due diligence within the consumer goods industry

A report by the UN Global Compact Young Professionals Program

The Young Professionals Program team from the UN Global Compact, formed in January 2023, has released a comprehensive report outlining best practices for Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) within the Consumer Goods industry. The team, comprising of eight individuals from diverse professional fields, has devoted their expertise to elucidate and enhance the application of HRDD within the sector.

The objective of this initiative is to foster a more principled and ethical business environment, considering the complex nature of the global Consumer Goods industry, with its intricate and extensive value chains. Monitoring and resolving potential human rights violations across these chains are complex tasks that span multiple geographies and supplier tiers.

The report presents an analysis of various approaches towards HRDD from entities within the consumer goods industry, shedding light on the best practices adopted by these organizations. The guiding principles for this report are the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on Business and Human Rights. The report showcases strategies that exceed mere compliance and contribute significantly to advancing this agenda globally.

The methodology uses six steps of HRDD, as defined by the OECD, providing a foundation for the analysis. These steps serve as an insightful guide, presenting exemplary practices implemented by consumer goods companies, therefore creating a robust blueprint for successful HRDD implementation.

On the 21st of February 2024, the report was officially released during a launch event with talks from Human Rights experts Jamie Holton and Thijs van Brussel.

How to raise climate awareness in your organization

How to raise climate awareness in your organization

How to Raise climate awareness in your organization

In 2023, UN Global Compact Network Netherlands facilitated two Peer Learning Groups: one on Gender Equality and one on Climate Action. The goal is for the participating companies to learn more about these important topics, to dig into the challenges that they are facing, and to exchange best practices that can help overcome these challenges.

Raising climate awareness in your organization can be a challenge, especially considering the amount and complexity of knowledge that is available. How can you increase awareness in our organization? During the fifth and final session of the 2023 Climate Action Peer Learning Group at the Invest-NL HQ, thre professionals shared their perspective on different ways to make a case for climate change within the organization.

One possible approach is gamification. By applying game elements and principles to illustrate complex topics such as the causes and consequences of climate change, ‘players’ often experience enhanced engagement and motivation. An example of gamifying climate action is Climate FRESK. The game is simple and based on scientific knowledge. It comprises 42 cards and can be played with three groups of eight players each.

Another approach is to track your carbon footprint. During the Peer Learning Group session, Jo Hand from Giki Zero explained why tracking your carbon through helps to raise awareness. The platform is developed and based on scientific knowledge and includes 160 steps to build a sustainable lifestyle. It provides feedback, motivates colleagues to learn more about sustainability, and increases engagement with each other within the organization by addressing different personalities.

Being carbon literate is essential in combating climate change. Carbon literacy means “an awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual, community, and organizational basis.” Phil Korbel, from The Carbon Literacy Project, explained how to become carbon literate and emphasized that it is not enough to learn by oneself, but that you should be involved in peer-to-peer social learning. By learning from peers, you develop a sense of belonging, trust, and support, as well as gain recognition and appreciation for skills and contributions.

Lastly, Martine Kruiswijk, from KlimaatGesprekken, stressed the transition from awareness to action, since this is not always a given. Any behavioral process takes time, and it is vital to go through this process together by engaging with your colleagues and friends.

After these inspiring contributions of the speakers, the participants carried out a plenary discussion about how to use these methods within their own organization. Each participant created a five-step action plan and shared their outcomes with their peers in breakout rooms.

We’d like to grant a special thanks to the host of this session, Andrea Dijk, from Invest-NL. She has shared how Invest-NL is staying inspired to keep progressing on climate ambition. Increasing time investment between colleagues, benefiting the knowledge contribution from invited speakers, organizing impact challenges for teams, and informing everyone with an ESG & Impact newsletter can help organizations create internal motivation and awareness.

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