Global Compact Network Netherlands publishes a report on Dutch companies’ progress on the Global Goals

Netherlands

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Rotterdam, 30 November 2018 — Today, Global Compact Network Netherlands launched  its first progress report on Dutch companies’ progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. At the Network’s event 'SDGs and Business', Chairman of the Network Jan-Willem Scheijgrond gave the first copies of the publication to keynote speaker Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact and Hugo von Meijenfeldt, SDG Coordinator of the Dutch Government.


Chairman of Global Compact Network Netherlands Jan-Willem Scheijgrond handed out the first copies of a report on Dutch companies' progress on the Global Goals to Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact and Hugo von Meijenfeldt, SDG Coordinator of the Dutch Government.

Companies that join Global Compact Network Netherlands report annually on their contributions to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals. The Goals are the world’s roadmap until 2030 to address challenges in various areas, including climate, energy, poverty, food and health.

“More and more Dutch companies and SMEs are taking action on the SDGs,” said Chairman of Global Compact Network Netherlands Jan-Willem Scheijgrond. “The amount of our members that are contributing to the Ten Principles [of the UN Global Compact] and the SDGs has grown from 68 percent in 2016 to 89 percent in 2017.”

Published in Dutch and entitled Companies on Their Way to 2030, the new report shows that Dutch businesses contribute most often to Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth, Goal 12 on responsible consumption and production and Goal 13 on climate action.

During the event organized by Global Compact Network Netherlands together with the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW), Steef van de Velde, Dean of the Rotterdam School of Management of the Erasmus University and Jan-Willem Scheijgrond signed an 'alliance' to accelerate sustainable development and to underline the necessity of a more intensive cooperation between companies and academics to enhance knowledge-sharing.

Contact:

Eppy Boschma
Network Contact Person
Email: boschma@gcnetherlands.nl
Phone: +31 70 349 04 68