Filed under: Sustainability in France, Best Practices in France, Best Practices in The Netherlands, Best Practices in Germany, Best Practices in Sweden, Best Practices in Finland | Tags: Best Practices, Summary Blogs 2010, Best Wishes for 2011, European Sustainability Leaders
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Among the blog entries in 2010 were articles on Best Practices of Sustainability within leading private, public and non-gouvernemental organisations throughout Europe, following interviews with senior managers, among them at Philips, DSM, Redevco, SAP, Eneco, Nokia, Shell, Bouygues Telecom, Ericsson, association ADN, the Dutch municipality of The Hague and Rotterdam Floating Pavilion, as well articles on measuring social impact, new CSR reporting rules in France and new social impact product labels.
Sparkling little LEDlights on the Champs Elysées, December 2010, Paris.
I wish you an inspiring, healthy and prosperious 2011. I look forward to continue our cooperation and exchange.
The Green Take. Implementing Sustainable Innovation.
Filed under: Best Practices in The Netherlands | Tags: Best Practices, Group Society, The Netherlands, Trading Society
‘What about The Netherlands ?’
How are Dutch companies dealing with Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability > There should be a sense of urgency with respecto to sustainable matters, knowing that a large part of the country is situated below sea level. As well, there are quite some entreprises that have started 10 years ago with CSR and Sustainability policies.
What to learn from the Dutch entreprises ? It will be subject of the next series of articles.
Water Civil Works (Zeeland) and canels in Amsterdam (The Netherlands Capital)
I am talking to the Senior Managers that are responsible for the Sustainability or Corporate Responsbility Policy. In Dutch , this is called ‘Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Ondernemen’ (Societal Responsibly Entrepreneurship) or ‘Duurzaam Ondernemen’ (Durable/Sustainable Entrepreneurship).
Group and Trading Community Roots. The Dutch Society can be characterised as a ‘Group Community’ and a ‘Trading Community’ (1), consisting of interacting groups and individual. There is a high sense responsible for both their individual tasks as well as the groups objectives. People are very aware ‘Opportunities’ and ‘Threats’ for the maintenance of the (trading) business.
Extensive Negotiation Rounds leading to Consensus Decisions. Whereas the French society can be characterised by a ‘Royal Culture’, with a top-down structure, The Netherlands is certainly not. There is a long tradition of negotiations : between public organisations, entreprises, trade-unions, consumer pressure groups and ONGs, the ’Poldermodel’. Politics and industry Leaders are valued for their negotiation skills and their capabilities to bring and keep everybody together. Socially Engaged Entrepeneurship (or Sustainable Development) does perfectly fit in this model.
Dutch companies have understood quickly that CSR is a license to operate. Stakeholders dialogues have always been essential for surviving as a business.
Dutch Best Practices. In order to understand the business principles and processes in The Netherlands, I have interviewed Dutch senior managers responsible for Sustainable or Corporate Responsible Development. I have used questions similar to the ones asked to the French counterparts : How are CSR goals created ? Does it stimulate Innovation ? How does the economic crises effect Sustainability ? What are outlooks ? How were the Sustainable Innovations conceived ? How have the stakeholders been involved ?
Enjoy the next series of Best Practices; those about Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability in The Netherlands.
Source 1 : ‘Hoe dromende fransen en efficiente Nederlandse samenwerken’, Pieter Kottman, NRC 3 October 2003.
Filed under: Best Practices in France | Tags: Best Practices, Corporate Responsability, France
‘Developpement Durable’ has become a significant trend in France. Most French companies have defined now a ‘Developpement Durable’ strategy. Many have created a dedicated DD department. What are their strategic goals ? How is Sustainable Development implemented ? What are best practices ?
Best practices based on interviews. Currently, I am interviewing People-On-The-Job. They are all responsable for Sustainable Development in their respective companies. I have started with large Francophone Corporate Companies.
The best practices are meant to inspire you in the process of Sustainable Business Innovation !