Global Compact Network Netherlands recognizes Iris van Wanrooij for championing the Sustainable Development Goals

Amsterdam, 14 March 2022 — On Thursday, 10 March, Global Compact Network Netherlands recognized the Dutch SDG Pioneer 2022 — a business leader who is championing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and inspiring others to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The winner is Iris van Wanrooij, Program Manager Corporate Social Responsbility at EMMA Safety Footwear.

Iris has done outstanding work in pioneering and advancing the sustainability and ESG agenda of EMMA Safety Footwear in her role as Program Manager Corporate Social Responsibility. She has clearly invested in building up her own knowledge and has been able to translate this into tangible results.

Iris ensures that ideas are put into concrete actions and progress is tracked with clear KPI’s.

“Our external panel of high level experts were very positive about Iris’ nomination and praised her innovativeness. She translated the SDGs into practical goals that are measurable and tangible whilst engaging with several stakeholders. EMMA Safety Footwear already incorporates the SDGs but it is very impressive how she has managed such a higher positive impact of her company on circularity and climate. We congratulate Iris with this title, it is a recognition of her great work and we believe she will be a role model for other professionals working for companies. She shows that you can make the SDGs practical for SME companies, how you can make a positive impact on the SDGs, and take leadership in the sustainability journey. – Linda van Beek, Executive Director at Global Compact Network Netherlands

As the winner of the Local Round, Iris will now compete in the Global Round along with other candidates for the title of 2022 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers. The global winners will be announced this June 2022 during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.

“Business has a critical role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. These exceptional professionals show exactly what can be done by business to make a difference that not only serves shareholders but also society at large. I hope they will also inspire others to join them in uniting in the business of a better world,” said Sanda Ojiambo, CEO & Executive Director of UN Global Compact.

About the SDG Pioneers Programme

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact works with companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with Ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact guides and supports the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 13,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and over 65 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

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About Global Compact Network Netherlands

Companies face unique challenges to operate responsibly and have several opportunities to make a positive impact. The local networks of UN Global Compact Promote the sustainability of companies at the base level in more than 85 countries by making Global Goals Local Business.

Global Compact Network Netherlands aims to accelerate and upscale the positive impact of the Dutch business community on the SDGs with the purpose of improving the lives of current and future generations.

Guided by the Ten Principles and the 17 SDGs we facilitate accountable companies and stakeholders in their ambition to translate sustainability commitments into concrete actions.

Global Compact Network Netherlands stimulates and facilitates the creation of local connections and catalyzes companies and stakeholders to achieve Agenda 2030.



Global Compact Network Netherlands

Marco Swan, Program Manager

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