Participating Companies 2019

Participating Companies 2019

Organisations from all over the world acknowledge the importance of the Challenge as an integral tool to educate their young professionals on leadership, sustainability and impact.

As a Participating Company, you enter a high-quality development programme, set up in a unique format. You get access to ideas, new partners, innovative thinking and an entryway to a global leadership network among businesses, scientific institutions and governments. We provide future leaders with the knowledge, tools and confidence to implement positive change, with tangible impact and real added value.

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ASR Nederland N.V. (a.s.r.) is one of the top three insurance companies in the Netherlands. a.s.r. offers insurance, pension and mortgages to consumers and SMEs, and it is also active as a fiduciary asset manager. a.s.r. is listed on Euronext Amsterdam and is included in the AEX index.

a.s.r. seeks to be a leader in sustainable business practices in the financial sector and it does this on the basis of five themes: ‘Sustainable insurer’, ‘Sustainable investor’, ‘Sustainable employer’, Sustainable management’ and the ‘Socially engaged’. For sustainable business the following ambitions have been formulated. In 2020, a.s.r. : 

  • is regarded as the sustainable Dutch insurer
  • is regarded as sustainable Dutch investor, that encourages and promotes a sustainable investment policy
  • qualifies as sustainable employer
  • qualifies as most sustainable company in terms of the environment and is 100% carbon-neutral

a.s.r.’s raison d’être is to help people. They help customers in sharing risks and building up assets together for the future. Customers must be able to make conscious financial choices and be financially self-sufficient for this. The a.s.r. foundation contributes to financial self-reliance.

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ABN AMRO serves retail, private and corporate banking clients with a primary focus on the Netherlands and with selective operations internationally. They support the transition to a circular economy, and proactively seek out clients wishing to switch to a circular business model. ABN AMRO is working together with their clients to achieve three goals by 2020:

  • finance 1 billion euros in circular assets,
  • finance 100 circular loans,
  • cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tons.

ABN AMRO is also a leading partner of Ambitie2020 [website only in Dutch], an initiative of MVO Nederland, the Dutch association for corporate social responsibility, aimed at making the Netherlands a circular hotspot.

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​Achmea is a large insurance company in the Netherlands that provides a wide range of financial services and products. Their brands serve about 10 million people with Health, Life and Non-life insurances. They focus on simple insurance products while keeping their premiums affordable. Achmea is aiming towards building a better future. They are always improving the ways they help people deal with risks and they provide insight into uncertainties, offering the best possible solutions to deal with them. Embracing progress but respecting tradition, they remain consistent in the quality of service they have been providing for more than 200 years.

In the spirit of building a better future, Achmea acknowledges the challenges and threats of our time. For that reason, they have signed the Climate Agreement, along with a large number of other Dutch organisations from the financial sector. In doing so, they are committing to report on the climate impact of their financial and investments from 2020 onwards. The organisations also announced that by 2022 they will have action plans in place to reduce their CO2 emissions. Contributing to reducing climate change has been high on Achmea’s strategic agenda for many years and it is one of the three focus areas (UN’s SDGs) in its strategy.

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Arla Foods

Arla Foods is an international cooperative based in Viby, Denmark. It is the fourth largest dairy company in the world in terms of milk volume, the seventh in terms of turnover, and the largest producer of dairy products in Scandinavia. It’s the result of a merger between the Swedish dairy co-op Arla and the Danish dairy company MD Foods in 2000.

At Arla, sustainability is a priority. Farming and dairy carries a responsibility towards climate change, but it is also a great opportunity to contribute positively and help solve that challenge. Arla’s global strategy for Sustainable Dairy Farming focuses on three core areas: Climate, animals and nature. It serves as a guiding star for the dairy cooperative and the farmer owners in their continuous work, taking positive steps towards even more sustainable dairy farming.

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BNP Paribas Asset Management

BNP Paribas Asset Management is the investment management arm of BNP Paribas, one of the world’s major financial institutions. Managing EUR 399* billion in assets as at 31 December 2018, BNP Paribas Asset Management offers a comprehensive range of active, passive and quantitative investment solutions covering a broad spectrum of asset classes and regions. With more than 530 investment professionals and around 500 client servicing specialists, BNP Paribas Asset Management serves individual, corporate and institutional investors in 71 countries around the world. Since 2002, BNP Paribas Asset Management has been a major player in sustainable and responsible investing.

* Managing and advising EUR 537 billion in assets as at 31 December 2018

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Calor Gas

Since Calor Gas Ltd was formed in 1935, they have steadily grown to their current position as the UK’s leading supplier of LPG – and now part of SHV energy, a global family of LPG companies, which has a vision to be Better, Cleaner, Together.

Calor is committed to a sustainable future and they focus on innovation and sustainability to provide the best possible service for their customers, as well as tackling rural fuel poverty and developing ways to cut emissions and waste.

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A global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. 

At Capgemini, the core philosophy is that people matter and results count. Their leadership in corporate social responsibility excellence is driven by a bold and influential approach that encompasses three main values.
Environmental Sustainability – they are working to reduce their impact on the natural environment from energy, business travel and waste. They raise employee awareness on critical issues in sustainable development.
Community Engagement – They work with local, national and international charities, NGOs and authorities on topics such as inclusivity and skills for the future. They support and encourage their employees to actively participate in community development.
Diversity & Inclusion –  As a responsible and inclusive employer, they focus on the professional development and well-being of all their employees, with respect and value for their diversity. They were recently named ‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality’ by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

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Cireco Finland

Cireco Finland Oy is a new kind of developer and builder for the circular economy. Their services revolve around construction, consultation and project management. They produce cost-efficient civil engineering services for their clients, and longstanding partnerships are at the heart of their high-quality project management. Their all-inclusive service pays very close attention to the environmental impact and how to measure it. 

There is a growing demand for circular economy solutions on the market and in achieving EU, national, and regional climate goals. Cireco wants to include the principles of the circular economy in ever more regional development projects, for example through more efficient allocation of resources, purity and non-toxicity of construction products, as well as reuse and longevity through design. 

Cireco Finland implements the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s Built Positive framework. Built Positive’s goal is to improve the quality and value of products and materials created under the principles of circular economy. Built Positive aims to reduce the use of virgin and non-renewable raw materials and the production of waste products, while improving health and wellbeing, providing added value to users and owners alike.

Cireco Finland – Let’s take care of tomorrow!

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The ENGIE group is a global energy and services group, focused on three core activities: low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy; global networks and customer solutions. Driven by their ambition to contribute to harmonious progress, they take up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy for all, or mobility, and offer their residential customers, businesses and communities energy production solutions and services that reconcile individual and collective interests.

Their low-carbon, high-performing and sustainable offers are based on digital technologies. Beyond energy, they facilitate the development of new uses and promote new ways of living and working.

The Group is active in 70 countries and has more than 153,000 employees worldwide.

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Dutch energy supplier Essent works with gas, electricity and other energy products and supplies 2.5 million households and business customers in The Netherlands and Belgium. Essent is also part of innogy, a company that aims to help shape the energy transition.

Step by step, Essent works towards an energy supply that is completely sustainable, with a focus on energy efficiency, affordable energy transition, renewable energy and being a good employer. Working on these four focus areas helps Essent create a sustainable world. This is how they give substance to their societal responsibility.

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Ferrero began its story in the little town of Alba in Piedmont, Italy, in 1946. Today, with a consolidated turnover of over 8 billion Euros, Ferrero is amongst the market leaders of the confectionery sector and the fourth worldwide Group in the chocolate confectionery market.

Ferrero has 73 consolidated subsidiaries, including 20 production plants around the world, of which 3 are Ferrero Social Enterprises in Africa and Asia, and 6 agricultural companies. Its products are present in around 200 countries; they have become part of the collective memory and customs of many countries, where they are truly loved generation after generation and often considered as cultural icons.

Furthermore, Ferrero has social responsibility in its DNA. Product freshness and high quality, careful selection of the finest raw materials, sustainable agricultural practices and continuous research and innovation are some of the key elements of Ferrero’s success. Moreover, Ferrero continues to invest in local communities thanks to the Ferrero Foundation, the Ferrero Social Enterprises and the Kinder+Sport programme.

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Forbo Flooring Systems

Forbo Flooring Systems is a global provider of premium commercial and residential floor coverings. They manufacture an extensive and attractive range of environmentally friendly linoleum, high-quality vinyl flooring, entrance flooring systems, and carpet tiles. Forbo strives to become a global leader in commercial flooring systems by creating sustainable solutions for its customers. 

Creating better environments is their core mission. Committed to Green Design principles (increasing efficiency, reducing the use of virgin raw materials and always searching for the most environmentally appropriate solution), their motto is “improve the world, start with the floor”. For that reason, Forbo Forbo produces Marmoleum CO2 neutral, the most sustainable linoleum. It is made from 97% natural materials, 72% of which are renewable and will grow back within 10 years. “From how we run our factories to how we choose our ingredients, we make truly sustainable floors that are good for people, good for buildings and good for the environment.”

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Every day FrieslandCampina provides millions of consumers all over the world with food that is rich in valuable nutrients from milk. FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s largest dairy companies and their products find their way to more than 100 countries. The dairy cooperative produces and sells consumer products, from dairy-based beverages to infant nutrition, to cheese and desserts. FrieslandCampina’s purpose statement – nourishing by nature – stands for better nutrition for the world, a good living for our farmers, now and for generations to come.

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Gemeente Rotterdam

The Municipal Executive Committee and the City Council jointly govern the city of Rotterdam and make up the City Government. The City Council is the legislative body (sets out general policy and passes bills). The City Executive is the executive body (submits bills, implements policy and makes day-to-day decisions).

The Municipality of Rotterdam has already implemented the sustainability program Closer to the People of Rotterdam (2015 – 2018), with energy transition being the main point of focus, aiming at three core ambitions – a green, healthy, future-proof city, with cleaner energy at lower costs, and a strong, innovative economy. The efforts of the Municipality are continuous, striving towards cleaner air, less energy costs, better recycling and ultimately, the well-being of its residents.

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Greenchoice is the largest energy provider in the Netherlands that exclusively provides green, sustainable energy. They dream of a country in which everyone can manage their own energy supplies, and work together with their customers towards a cleaner world by helping them to save and generate energy themselves. The company does this by making smart products and services and sustainable solutions simple and locally available. It aims to be the accelerator and connector on the road to 100% green energy across the Netherlands.

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Gruppo Mondadori

Gruppo Mondadori is one of Europe’s top publishing companies with more than 100 years of history. They are committed to becoming more sustainable in the areas of printing and publishing and have the following specific aims:

  • cut energy use by, among other things, improving energy efficiency and reviewing business travel management policies;
  • to promote the responsible use of natural resources by providing incentives for the use of environmentally-friendly materials, e.g. using certified paper for printing our products;
  • improve the management of waste, whether originating from their sites or from product distribution activities;
  • influence their suppliers by using environmental sustainability criteria in the selection and management process so as to guide the chosen suppliers to act according to this environmental policy;
  • raise awareness of environmental issues among their customers, using their products themselves as a way of promoting sustainability.
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From a single brewery in Amsterdam 150 years ago, Heineken has grown into the world’s most international brewer. Heineken is a proud, independent global brewer committed to enthusing consumers everywhere.

Heineken aims to use their global business as a positive force for change. For example, one of their sustainability focus areas is reducing CO₂ emissions across the value chain (‘Drop the C’ programme), so their target is to grow their renewable energy usage to 70% by 2030.s

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Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (previously the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment), a loyal Nudge Global Impact Challenge support partner, is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.

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Pon is one of the largest, family-owned businesses in the Netherlands and a leading global company with over 14,000 employees in 31 countries. They operate with over 80 companies in four different business clusters: Automotive, Bike, Equipment & Power Systems and Industrial Mobility. Welcoming the fast pace of the digital world, Pon’s response is to embrace new developments, step up innovation, use better technology, and stay ahead of the competition.

Pon considers how their actions impact People, Society and the Environment, in everything they do. As a global player, Pon has remained true to its family roots. As a family business, they understand the value of longstanding relationships, with their customers, as well as with their employees and business partners. Together with their brands, Pon sponsors individual sports talent, teams and associations as well as community initiatives.

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Philips is committed to supporting sustainability in the areas of health care and technological innovation. Philips has set out a 5-year program to support the UN SDGs and multiply impact in their supply chain. Incorporating EcoDesign and principles of the circular economy in production patterns are at the heart of this commitment. Philips also continues to run projects that improve the lives of the most disadvantaged peoples and communities in the world through the Philips Foundation.
Their key sustainability objectives for 2020:

  • To have 70% of their turnover coming from solutions that meet EcoDesign principles and 15% Circular economy principles
  • Be carbon neutral in their operations, employing 100% renewable electricity
  • Recycle 90% of operational waste recycled and send zero waste to landfill
  • Collaborative approach with their suppliers to ensure structural sustainable improvements along the chain
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Rabobank is active in 40 countries worldwide and serves approximately 10 million customers. As a socially responsible bank, they are committed to contributing to welfare and prosperity and to solving the global food issue. Rabobank also has a longstanding commitment to operating as sustainably as possible – they have been operating 100% climate neutral since 2007.

Rabobank’s spearheads for sustainable development to 2020:

  • Supporting retail and business clients to achieve greater sustainability
  • Accelerating the sustainable development of agriculture and the food supply
  • Strengthening local communities
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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main international airport in the Netherlands, the third-busiest airport in Europe in terms of passenger volume and the busiest in Europe in terms of aircraft movement. The airport is built as a single-terminal concept: one large terminal split into three large departure halls.

Schiphol sees sustainability as something larger than the interests of their company. It is very important that all the activities are carried out in a well-considered manner which is safe for their colleagues, neighbours, and the environment. As the demand for aviation continues to grow, Schiphol ensures the ever growing reduction of its negative impact, and plans to go even further. The Schiphol Group is investing in a series of sustainability projects, like promoting a more sustainable aviation, combining optimal mobility with good air quality, creating a sustainable working and living environment for the people, circular economy projects, and more. By creating positive value on energy, resources and well-being for the people, animals and plants, Schiphol is paving the way to creating a better environment for everyone. 

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Steward Redqueen

Steward Redqueen is a specialised consultancy that works across the globe advising organisations on impact and sustainability. Like any organisation, corporations are looking to operate in harmony with their surroundings and to become sustainable; that is, to be a steward for people and planet.

At the same time, corporations are competing for sound market positions. In a globalising economy, the combination of stewardship and competition offers dilemmas, challenges and -above all- opportunities. The Steward Redqueen team has a strong track record in this area. Steward Redqueen works for corporations and other organisations in developed and emerging markets.

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Toyota Material Handling

“Quality is key to keep your business moving. Together, let’s aim for zero breakdowns, zero accidents and zero carbon emissions.” Matthias Fischer, CEO & President Toyota Material handling Europe

Toyota Material Handling Europe is part of Toyota Industries Corporation, the global number one in material handling since 2001 and active in 5 regions worldwide under the brands Toyota, BT, Raymond and Cesab. Since the acquisition of Vanderlande and Bastian Solutions, it’s TICO’s ambition of becoming the first-choice partner in the material handling business as a total solution provider for projects of all sizes. Toyota Material Handling Europe has factories in Sweden (Mjölby), France (Ancenis) and Italy (Bologna), where over 95% of the trucks sold in Europe are produced. This allows for a wide range of warehouse equipment and counterbalanced forklift trucks produced by the Toyota Production System (TPS) quality standards.

Toyota Material Handling aims to take a leadership role in sustainability in Europe, and help customers to balance planet, people and profit. Toyota’s sustainability approach focuses on 3 priorities: maximise quality and customer safety, optimise opportunities for employees to grow and minimise environmental impact.

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Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s mission is to empower people and organisations and to work on responsible, permanent solutions together, something that is reflected throughout their company. From the way in which they work together to the idealistic organisations that they support. Van Doorne aims to make a contribution to tomorrow’s world in various ways. In the field of improved CSR, they determine the agenda in the Netherlands by setting up the Social Entrepreneurship chair at Utrecht University and they help their clients to discover this subject but also to be front-runners. Van Doorne acts as consultant for many successful social enterprises and impact investors in the Netherlands. They also use their knowledge for the development of new legal and financial instruments to advance social projects and initiatives relevant to them by means of Impact Investments, Van Doorne’s special sponsor programme.

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Van Wijhe Verf

Van Wijhe Verf is an independent, Dutch paint producer of the Wijzonol and Ralston brands, among others. As a family business, with more than 100 years of history, their passion for making sustainable quality paint has been passed on from generation to generation

To Van Wijhe Verf sustainability has to do with the careful handling of what is valuable. They analyse how best to improve their current processes. Can they last even longer? Or be produced with fewer raw materials, energy or waste? There is always room for improvement; if not in the composition of the paint, than in the production method, packaging or the selection process for the right paint or color.

To them this is known as contemporary sustainability: to come up with solutions that can contribute to a better balance between people, the environment and profit.

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