Looking back on a successful General Assembly

Looking back on a successful General Assembly

looking back on a successful general assembly

5 June 2024

On June 5th, our office in The Hague was buzzing with energy as we welcomed over sixty participating companies in the UN Global Compact to our General Assembly. The event was a resounding success, filled with insightful discussions and valuable networking opportunities. It was a pleasure to reconnect with familiar faces and meet new ones. We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the event’s success. We eagerly look forward to seeing you all again at our next General Assembly on December 3rd at Museon Omniversum, where we will continue to build our community!

Keynote and plenary session

We would like to extend our appreciation to Lucas Simons, founder of NewForesight and a renowned pioneer in systemic change and transitions, for delivering a captivating keynote speech that set an inspiring tone for the day. We hope everyone felt motivated to move beyond project-based working and dedicate yourself and your company to becoming a part of a systemic transition.

During the plenary session, we shared updates on governance and upcoming programmes. The 2023 financials were approved following positive feedback from our Audit Committee. We also introduced the new committee, which will include Olaf Brugman (Rabobank) and Adrie Heinsbroek (NN-Group). Another important announcement made was the revised contribution structure, with fees for subsidiary members increasing in 2026. At the next General Assembly, we will vote on a Statutes change.

Breakout sessions

Additionally, we’d like to thank Niels van den Beucken and Jan-Willem Scheijgrond for their engaging presentations during the breakout sessions. The success story of Arte Group and the example of Royal Philips’ commitment to multiple Forward Faster targets provided valuable perspectives and sparked meaningful dialogues among participants.

What to look forward to

Throughout the day we took the opportunity to share news & updates about exciting upcoming programmes and events. Such as:

  • SDG Ambition Accelerator: Is your company ready to take its sustainability targets to the next level? Join our SDG Ambition Accelerator from October 2024 onwards. Indicate your interest.
  • Business and Human Rights Accelerator: Looking for guidance on CSDDD? Join the Business and Human Rights Accelerator, starting October 2024! Express your interest.
  • SDG Flag Day: Show the world your company’s commitment towards achieving the SDGs by raising the flag on 25 September 2024. More information here.​​​​​
  • And last but not least, next year marks the 25th anniversary of the UN Global Compact, a milestone we are excited to celebrate worldwide. Your inspiring contributions during the third breakout session were greatly appreciated.

To everyone who attended: thank you for joining us! If you have any feedback or questions about the event, please feel free to reach out to our Participant Engagement Manager, Linde Reus at reus@unglobalcompact.nl. Additionally, if you are interested in being involved in our next General Assembly, Linde is the person to contact.

European Peer Learning Group on Climate

European Peer Learning Group on Climate

summary report 5th european peer learning group on climate

Climate reporting according to international standards & EU directives

The European Peer Learning Group on Climate was established in 2019 as an exclusive knowledge-sharing platform with annual meetings of European companies in the field of climate action, and enables discussion, networking, and information exchange with peers and experts. This year, the Spanish Network hosted the 5th EU Peer Learning Group on Climate in Madrid. On 22 & 23 April 2024, 53 companies from 14 European countries met at IE University.

The main aims of the meeting were to enable participants to:

  • Gain valuable insights from experts and peers by delving into approaches and best practices for voluntary and mandatory climate reporting standards.
  • Share experiences and best practices on key topics related to climate reporting according to EU legislation and international standards.
  • Connect with other climate specialists across the European region.

On the first day, participants discussed the main climate international standards and voluntary initiatives such as the UN Global Compact’s Communication on Progress (CoP), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). On the second day, the focus of the meeting turned to the main European regulations that are affecting corporate climate reporting, includingthe recently approved Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD),the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), and the classification of sustainable economic activities established by the EU Taxonomy.

The main results of the 5th EU Peer Learning Group are presented in the summary report.

SDG Pioneers 2024

SDG Pioneers 2024

SDG Pioneers 2024

THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THE 2024 SDG PIONEERS

Are you a business leader advancing sustainable development goals. We want to hear your story!

Each year, the UN Global Compact celebrates the efforts of business professionals who are driving positive change by advancing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and embodying the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. These individuals, known as SDG Pioneers, play a crucial role in inspiring action and showcasing the power of business to create a sustainable future for all.

This year, twelve SDG Pioneers will be recognized and rewarded under two award categories: 1) Large National and Multinational companies and 2) SMEs*. These pioneers, regardless of their role, are setting ambitious SDG targets, expanding their impact, and championing a principles-based approach within their companies. Participants must first win the national round in the Netherlands to advance to the global round. These winners will be announced on the global stage during the Leader Summit in September 2024.

The SDG Pioneers programme recognizes the dedicated professionals that drive and innovate solutions through new technologies, initiatives and business models that can enable us to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. We hope their work will inspire others to advance the Global Goals by implementing our Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Sanda Ojiambo

Assistant Secretary-General and CEO of the United Nations Global Compact

Become a SDG Pioneer

 

  • Are you an individual who actively drives initiatives aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within your company?
  • Do you strive to make a positive impact and promote sustainability in your work?
  • Are you committed to embodying the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact?

Nominate someone

 

  • Do you know a colleague or peer who demonstrates exceptional dedication to advancing the SDGs?
  • Is someone in your company setting ambitious SDG targets and driving meaningful change?
  • Are you aware of individuals who embody the principles of sustainability and corporate responsibility?

WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY TO BECOME A SDG PIONEER

  • Employee engagement and recognition – The program provides companies with an opportunity to highlight how their employees are advancing the SDGs and are indeed next generation leaders.
  • Enable change agents for the SDGs – Leadership in the 2030 era requires change agents, and the SDG Pioneers Program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for professionals to push their vision forward within their organizations and create change.
  • National and global recognition – SDG Pioneers will receive visibility and be recognized for the great work that they have done to advance the SDGs. The Global SDG Pioneers will be announced and recognized at the 2024 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.

ELIGIBILITY

  • To be eligible, applicants must come from UN Global Compact participating companies with an “Active” status.
  • Companies must have joined the UN Global Compact prior to 1 October 2023.
  • To maintain Active status, companies must submit their Communication on Progress (CoP) within the reporting time frame of 1 April to 31 July. Subsidiaries can participate if their parent company meets this obligation. To avoid any disruption to your Pioneers application process, companies are strongly encouraged to submit their CoP by 1 June 2024. Failure to report by 31 July will disqualify a Pioneers application. A change in CoP status subsequent to being recognized as a Local and/or Global SDG Pioneer may result in the loss of consideration for the global SDG Pioneer title.
My company does not yet participate in the UN Global Compact. Can I still apply?

Only individuals from UN Global Compact participating companies are eligible to apply or be nominated. If your company is not yet participating in the UN Global Compact, it’s time to change that. Learn more about how to join here

 

TIMELINE

Date What
6 May – 29 May 2024 Applications open
30 May – 3 June 2024 Review and selection period
5 June 2024 SDG Pioneers 2024 in The Netherlands are announced
September 2024 Global SDG Pioneers 2024 are announced at the Leaders Summit

MEET THE PREVIOUS SDG PIONEERS

To me personally and to Fairphone, being sustainable has always meant to care about the planet and the people. At Fairphone we work day in and day out on how to put the SDGs into practice in our business, in our products and services to make it easier for our users to put them into practice as well. Being named UN SDG pioneer in the Netherlands is a great honour and recognition for these efforts.

Eva Gouwens, SDG Pioneer 2023

Former CEO Fairphone

Diana Visser

Corbion

SDG Pioneer 2020

Iris van Wanrooij

EMMA Safety Footwear

SDG Pioneer 2022

QUESTIONS?

Please reach out to

Firas Abdulhasain

Senior Programme Manager

abdulhasain@unglobalcompact.nl

Raise the flag for the SDG’s on SDG Flag Day, 25th of September 2024

Raise the flag for the SDG’s on SDG Flag Day, 25th of September 2024

Raise the flag for the SDGs

Join the SDG Flag Day on September 25th, 2024

Show the world your company's commitment towards achieving the SDGs

We are excited to invite you to participate in this year’s SDG Flag Day. At the end of September, organisations all around the world will raise the SDG Flag to show their support to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the flag campaign, organisations, businesses, municipalities, schools and governments showcase that they are part of a global movement for a better world. Be part of this international campaign and join us on September 25th!

 

How to participate

Order your flag

You can order your SDG Flag online at our local partner DVC. The flag is available in the sizes 100×150 cm for on the facade and 150×225 cm for in the mast. There are two variants, the Dutch and the English SDG flag.

The flag is made of PETFLAG: sustainable cloth made from 100% recycled PET bottles. 

 

Downloads

In our toolkit we share some more information about SDG Flag Day and resources on how you can raise awareness and support for the SDGs, including social media messaging which you can easily copy and paste.

Raise your flag

And shout it from the rooftops.

The SDG Flag Day is a great opportunity to create activities or events to raise awareness about your company’s sustainability efforts. There are no limits to your creativity and you can tailor the campaign to your own needs and stakeholders. Here is a list of ideas on how you can use this initiative:

  • Use the campaign to communicate on your channels about your recent sustainability initiative or report
  • Organize an internal or external event/workshop to educate your staff/community about the SDGs
  • Invite your employees’ families to hoist the flag together with kids
  • Organize an open-day event where your community can learn about your sustainability efforts
  • Create new content by taking pictures of your staff, management, and other stakeholders holding up the SDG flag

Display your SDG Flag at your workplace, home, or in your community on September 25th – before and after that date works as well. Take a photo or video of the flag and share it on your social media channels to show your participation and support. Use the hashtag #TogetherForTheSDGs and tag us:

LinkedIn: @UN Global Compact Network Netherlands

Instagram: @globalcompactnl

Twitter: @GlobalCompactNL

SDG Flag Day is an initiative by:

A collaborative approach to help develop more effective and sustainable strategies

A collaborative approach to help develop more effective and sustainable strategies

A collaborative approach to help develop more effective and sustainable strategies

Kicking-off the 2024 Peer Learning Groups

Last week we kicked-off this year’s round of Peer Learning Groups with 60+ ambitious professionals ready to make meaningful change. In 2024, UN Global Compact Network Netherlands facilitates three Peer Learning Groups, each focusing on a crucial pillar of sustainable business: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Climate Action; and Human Rights. These Peer Learning Groups serve as incubators of knowledge, fostering deep dives into common challenges and facilitating discussions around them. Through the exchange of best practices, these sessions aim to equip companies with actionable insights, empowering them to navigate complexities and drive positive impact.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

As societal expectations and regulations evolve, the increasing importance of diversity and inclusion in business cannot be overstated. Companies that welcome diversity not only make a statement about their values, but also reap the benefits such as improved employee satisfaction and attracting top talent. However, how do you make sure that diversity is truly embraced at the core of your organization? On the 11th of April we brought together 20+ professionals at the Akzo Nobel HQ in Amsterdam to kick-off our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Peer Learning Group to discuss exactly that.

In this first session we focused on care taking and part time work, a topic that is still mostly effecting women. For example, women in the Netherlands are 17 times more likely than men to do non paid work to care for others. What benefits do companies currently offer part time employees? And how do we re-think career paths to provide opportunities for part timers to grow? During the first half of the session we had a plenary discussion, which was followed by breakout sessions allowing the participants to dive deeper into some of the topics that were previously discussed.

Co-leading companies: Akzo Nobel, Blueyse and Sparks Production

Participating companies: Arcadis, Assent, BCD Travel Services, dsm-firmenich, Heineken, HKV Consultants, IDA Foundation, JCL Logistics Benelux, Invest-NL, JDE Peet’s, Johnson & Johnson, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Philips, Plato Group, PostNL, Sustainable Capital Group and Tsunagu.

Climate Action

Taking climate action is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. On April the 16th, we gathered at the IDA Foundation HQ for the first session of the Climate Action Peer Learning Group to move from policies to action. Over the coming months, these pioneers will come together to share challenges & best practices and help each other move forward faster on topics such as SBTi, climate scenario development and stakeholder engagement.

In the first session we focused on data quality and data driven decisions for measuring and reporting on climate goals and targets. Data collection is crucial for climate goals – that’s not the question – but how do you go about it? And once you have your data, how do you use it to create and implement a data-driven strategy? To provide the participants with extra food for thought, we were joined by guest speaker Justin Strueber, Climate Action Project Manager at Philips.

Co-leading companies: IDA Foundation, Wereldhave and Batenburg Techniek.

Participating companies: Irdeto, United Group, JDE Peet’s, Alfen, Corbion, Eneco, KPMG Nederland, Sunrock, COFCO International Netherlands, BDR Thermea Group, Invest-NL, Unilever, LIPTON Teas and Infusions, HKV Consultants, Deloitte, PostNL, Signify and CSC.

Human Rights

The EU’s commitment to sustainability has led to a wave of new regulations, including the CSDDD and CSRD. Companies are now required to gather, track, and disclose comprehensive data about their impacts on the environment and society, including human rights issues such as labor practices, workplace safety, and supply chain management. On the 18th of April we came together at the NN Group office in The Hague to launch our first Human Rights Peer Learning Group to discuss the legislative landscape surrounding business & human rights, and more importantly, how to navigate the challenges.

The session was opened by a short presentation by Gilles Goedhart, Coordinator Mandatory Due Diligence at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to set the scene, and followed by breakout discussions to brainstorm practical ways on how to use regulation to enhance human rights within the professionals respective organizations.

Co-leading companies: Deloitte, Arcadis and Invest-NL

Participating companies: Alfen, PF Concept, TenneT, Philips, Inter IKEA group, NN Group, Corbion and ERM NL.

Want to learn with us? 

Peer learning is a powerful tool in addressing corporate sustainability challenges. Our Peer Learning Groups provide a safe space for professionals, encouraging open dialogue and a collaborative approach helping you to develop more effective and sustainable strategies. By leveraging diverse perspectives, you can create more holistic and impactful approaches to sustainability, leading to improved resource management, cost savings, and a stronger reputation for corporate responsibility.

Interested in joining the next round (2025) of Peer Learning Groups? Reach out to one of our Programme Managers to claim your spot!

Firas Abdulhasain

Firas Abdulhasain

Climate Programme Manager

Jamie Holton

Jamie Holton

DEI and Human Rights Programme Manager

Internship Vacancy: Climate in Business

Internship Vacancy: Climate in Business

ARE YOU OUR NEW CLIMATE INTERN?

Position: Climate in Business Intern | Students only!

Duration: 6 months – start in May 2024

Location: The Hague, The Netherlands

Compensation: €600 per month – for 4 days a week

Do you want to help accelerate and upscale the positive impact of Dutch businesses to improve the lives of current and future generations? Ever wondered what it’s like to work for a UN initiative? Are you passionate about climate and engaging with climate experts and companies taking climate action?

If you answered yes to all three questions, come join the UN Global Compact Network Netherlands as our new Climate intern!

About UN Global Compact

UN Global Compact is the world’s largest business sustainability initiative. It has an unparalleled global reach and the exclusive opportunity to activate a diverse network of businesses to advance sustainable development in collaboration with investors, Government, UN, and civil society stakeholders.

The UN Global Compact Network Netherlands is the local network that works on Gender Equality, Living Wage, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Sustainable Finance, and Climate. For the Climate programmes, we are looking for an ambitious person who is eagerly looking for a dynamic internship experience in the topic of Climate.

What you will do

As Climate Intern, you will work as part of a young, diverse, and ambitious team on the development of our climate programmes in 2024. You will:

  • Support the Climate Ambition Accelerator and our Climate Peer Learning Group
  • Enrich our Climate initiatives and programmes with improvement suggestions.
  • Investigate and summarise the latest climate trends and climate reports from businesses and research institutes
  • Investigate relevant climate initiatives and partners in the Netherlands, Europe, and globally.

Responsibilities

  • Support our climate programmes
  • Lead climate reporting analysis
  • Help out with events

Who we’re looking for:

  • You’re in your final year of an MSc University Degree in Business Management, Global Business & Sustainability, International Management, Business Analytics & Management, Strategic Entrepreneurship or similar
  • You are knowledgeable about climate, scope 1-2-3, scenarios, transition plans, climate initiatives
  • You are an excellent communicator in English, both verbally and in writing. Dutch is a plus
  • You are analytically driven and have strong quantitative and analytical capabilities
  • You are flexible, eager to learn and a real team player with a can-do mentality

Internship support

During your internship, you will work with and receive professional support from Firas Abdulhasain (Sr Programme Manager Climate) and Merei Wagenaar (Executive Director). You have the possibility to write your thesis on the topic of this internship.

Recruitment process

Please send your resume and cover letter (max 1 A4) to Firas Abdulhasain: Abdulhasain@unglobalcompact.nl by 23 april 2024 23:59 CET.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Firas Abdulhasain via Abdulhasain@unglobalcompact.nl. If you are selected for an interview, you will be invited for an in-person interview in the Malietoren (Bezuidenhoutseweg 12, The Hague). This interview will take place during the last week of April and first week of May.

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