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.

Maritime biofuel pilot demonstrates significant effect

The biofuel pilot project that was initiated by the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC) has demonstrated significant effect. Shell has launched new biofuel pilot projects, and Maersk has launched a commercial product in the market.