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DSGC in letter to informateur: Integrate UN development goals into government policy

"Integrate the 17 United Nations development goals into government policy." Eight large Dutch companies, united in the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, make this appeal to informateur Tjeenk Willink. “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be anchored in the policies of all ministries,” explains DSGC chairman Jan Peter Balkenende. “Partly thanks to the efforts of the Netherlands, the SDGs have been established, now we have to take the lead internationally in achieving them in 2030. This will create broad prosperity.”

Roundtable: Circular Climate Booster: going circular faster

The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will host a high-level roundtable meeting as a prelude to the two sessions of the World Circular Economy Forum in the Netherlands (15-16 April) and in Canada (autumn 2021).

Time to Act: PACE has launched its Circular Economy Action Agendas

“Game changing innovations and policies are urgently needed to turn the tide, which can be realised through a joint approach from business, governments, knowledge institutes and civil society", said DSGC chairman Jan Peter Balkenende in the PACE Circular Economy Action Agendas that were launched February 4.

'Transition Time! A Circular Economy for Plastics’ in practice

The DSGC aims to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In order to achieve the SDG’s, one of the DSGC aims is to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy for plastics. In the publication ‘Transition time! A circular economy for plastics’, the coalition sheds light on the challenges of plastic, shares innovative cases and makes specific recommendations on how to incentivize action. We like to share cases and recommendations of the report, to inspire others. Transition Time!

Transition Time! A Circular Economy for Plastics

The Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC) aims to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy for plastics. An integrated approach aimed at pioneering innovation and cooperation is required and more urgent than ever. Primarily from an environmental perspective, at the same time the transition provides ample economic opportunities across the entire value chain. In the publication ‘Transition time! A circular economy for plastics’, the coalition sheds light on the challenges of plastic, shares innovative cases and makes specific recommendations on how to incentivise action.

The DSGC companies take concrete steps to achieve the SDGs.

Companies must align their strategic goals with social and environmental impact and not just the economic results of the company. In a study – conducted by Accenture on behalf of the DSGC – AkzoNobel, DSM, FrieslandCampina, Heineken, KLM, Philips, Shell and Unilever give concrete examples on how this can be realised internally in the organisation. They want to inspire other companies by sharing their experiences.

Number of companies endorsing EU Green Deal as cornerstone of COVID-19 recovery continues to grow

More and more companies support last Friday's call for sustainable recovery. Nearly 300 companies have now signed the statement Dutch businesses endorse sustainability in COVID-19 recovery, in which they pledge support for taking sustainability as the cornerstone in the COVID-19-recovery plans. Given the large number of positive reactions, the deadline for signing the statement has been extended to the 5th of September 2020. The signatories range from large to small companies and represent different industries.

Dutch businesses endorse sustainability in COVID-19 recovery

Over 250 companies have signed the statement 'Dutch companies endorse sustainability in COVID-19 recovery’, in which they pledge support for taking sustainability as the cornerstone in the COVID-19 recovery plans. Led by Jan Peter Balkenende, chairman of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), the statement is presented to Minister Kaag on June the 19th; the day on which the European Council will discuss the COVID-19 recovery plan.

Sustainable trade with Africa

Jan Peter Balkenende signed on behalf of the DSGCoalition, together with more than thirty other companies, a letter in which a new chapter in sustainable trade with Africa is advocated. Solidarity is particularly needed now.

Strongly together in the corona crisis

Since Prime Minister Rutte announced the first precautionary measures against the spread of the Coronavirus, Dutch society has shown solidarity and everyone is fully committed to take care of sick and vulnerable citizens. The government and the business community are also working closely together to limit the economic damage, so that people can retain their work and income. The members of the DSGC also focus on solving problems related to the Covid-19 crisis. This focus, combined with the precautionary measures taken by the government, means that the external activities of the coalition will be postponed. An internal review will be conducted in the coming period to see whether the connections within the coalition can help to support the chosen approach to tackle the crisis.