Multinationals are serious about sustainable business practices
- If sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility are deeply embedded in the daily management of companies, corporate social responsibility (CSR) will become ‘serious business’, according to Jan Peter Balkenende, who spoke on behalf of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition this afternoon. This group of eight Dutch multinationals presented their publication entitled ‘Leadership and Corporate Governance for Sustainable Growth Business Models’. The Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers, VNO-NCW, supports this sustainable coalition.
Dutch companies continue to rank among the global leaders in the sustainability index
- The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) that was published today, reveals that AkzoNobel and KLM are two of the world’s most sustainable corporations. According to the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers, VNO-NCW, this is an achievement that does the Netherlands proud. Both winners regained their title of honour in the categories of ‘Materials’ (formerly known as ‘Chemicals’), and ‘Transport’.
Multinationals leaders of sustainability in Davos
- During the World Economic Forum in Davos, the CEOs of five Dutch multinational corporations, members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, assumed a leading role in the field of sustainability. They take the view that particularly this time of economic insecurity is potentially the best time to promote economic growth. Corporations have an important role to play in this respect, according to the DSGC.
‘Innovation should close the gap between the current economy and the new, sustainable economy’
- There is no specific blueprint for sustainability. However, innovation must be included in every approach. This may close the gap between the current economy and the new, sustainable economy, according to Bernard Wientjes. The corporate sector and the government play a crucial role in this respect, according to the President of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers, VNO-NCW, during a UN conference on water management in The Hague yesterday. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, Minister Melanie Schultz (Infrastructure and the Environment), and Minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) attended the conference.