About the DSGC

The DSGC is a CEO-led coalition of 8 Dutch multinational corporations who aim to drive sustainable growth business models that combine economic profitability with environmental and social progress and in that way contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The coalition is chaired by Jan Peter Balkenende and supported by the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and facilitated by Accenture. DSGC members are convinced that significant innovations in fields such as energy supply, sustainable resource use, and food systems will offer the Netherlands a new outlook for the future – one of sustainable prosperity and opportunities for all. To accelerate this transition in the Netherlands and abroad, the coalition wants to lead the way and pursues a strategy of Share - Shape - Activate.

Share - Shape - Activate strategy


DSGC shares its knowledge, good practices and lessons learned to in this way encourage sustainable leadership. Through online communications, publications and co-organizing multi-stakeholder convenings, the coalition wants to stimulate dialogue on the transition to a sustainable, circular economy among the broader business community young professionals and other national and international stakeholders.


DSGC aspires to be a coalition of thought leaders, providing valuable recommendations to government and policymakers so as to inspire national and international leaders to ‘move the boundaries’ and create the right policy framework conditions for sustainable and inclusive growth in the Netherlands.


Stimulate members to continuously explore opportunities to scale innovations and best practices that accelerate the transition towards sustainable growth business models. ​Coalition members continuously enforce sustainability within their own business models and value chains and seek opportunities to scale up innovations in their sectors and in-cross sector partnerships in the area of renewable energy and circular economy.


The CEOs of the 8 DSGC multinationals discovered a common drive in 2012. They want to direct their leadership towards the development of a future proof world. The knowledge and skills of each of the companies are known and leading worldwide. With their large pool of qualified employees, their presence in almost all countries in the world and their financial reserves, they can play a big role in the transition towards a sustainable, circular and inclusive world.


By working together in a coalition, the 8 CEOs are convinced that they can strengthen each other in this area and unite the Dutch innovation power. As group of frontrunners, they want to be an example for other businesses and stakeholders and work together with them towards a sustainable society.

Founding history & organisation

The CEOs of AkzoNobel, DSM, FrieslandCampina, Heineken, KLM, Philips, Shell and Unilever joined forces and officially launched the coalition at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2012.