The SDGs: how is your company contributing to them?

This September, the Global Week to #act4SDGs takes places. It is a global mobilization to show world leaders that people all around the world are committed, dedicated, and inspired to take action on the SDGs. This year’s mobilization will focus on the key themes of Climate, Justice and Peace and mark the mid-way point of…

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Here’s how you calculate your company’s CO2 emissions

Reducing CO2 emissions goes hand in hand with sustainability and has certainly been a popular topic lately. In addition, each individual and company emits CO2. This is also referred to as a carbon footprint or CO2 footprint. Since companies’ footprints are larger than individuals’, this is also a great opportunity to make an impact! This…

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Avoid greenwashing: this is how you can really be a sustainable business

Last week, sports and fashion chains Decathlon and H&M were reprimanded by the Consumer and Market Authority (ACM). This is because both parties were allegedly unclear about sustainability and did not sufficiently substantiate their claims in this regard. Greenwashing, making a company appear greener or more socially responsible than it actually is, is a recurring…

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The benefits of calculating CO2 emissions

The call for a reduction in CO2 emissions is everywhere; the Paris Agreement into effect since 2016, states that all European countries must reduce their emissions by at least 40% by 2040. This agreement was followed by the Dutch equivalent, in which the government, companies and civil society organisations agreed to emit 49% less CO2…

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Winter is coming

The impact of the energy crisis has already started showing, and it’s not even winter yet. The Bank of England recently issued a warning that the UK will fall into recession, having had a record interest rate increase for the last 27 years. Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez published new rules for businesses limiting their a/c…

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Is ESG the new GDPR?

GDPR came into force in 2018 in what felt like an overnight change of data protection regulation. The European Commission, however, brought up the need for regulatory changes in data protection (last updated in 1995) as early as 2012 and GDPR was adopted in 2016, leaving companies 2 years to prepare for its enforcement. Yet…

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Sustainability tips for the summertime

According to a 2018 WWF study, during the summer, plastic waste increases by a 40% due to tourism, the majority of which ends up in the oceans. Even though it is important to recognise our individual responsibility, re-evaluate our routines and build new, more eco-sensitive habits, it’s also essential to bring change on the business…

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4 reasons sustainability is important for small businesses

Smaller companies may find it difficult to become more sustainable or to contribute to a sustainable future. At the same time, we quite often fall into the trap of thinking of our impact on an individual level: what is the impact of a small business compared to large multinationals? Sustainability, however, is very relevant and…

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Start your Diversity & Inclusion ESG journey

June was Pride Month and the subject of Diversity & Inclusion has been high on everyone’s radar. For small businesses, however, ESG and Diversity & Inclusion can be a challenging subject. For one, smaller employee numbers often mean that it’s not always comfortable for people to speak up and share their experiences and concerns, especially…

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Essentials: Why ESG?

Even though the term ESG has been around for a while, during the pandemic it started gaining momentum among policymakers, regulators and investors. This in turn led to an increasing number of businesses looking into incorporating ESG into their strategy and with good reason. The framework allows companies to be more resilient in the face…

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What ESG lending means for your business

ESG discussions seem to be ramping up these days, making Environmental, Sustainability and Governance considerations one of the most important themes in business across industries and sectors. This comes with a considerable amount of pressure to put ESG at the forefront of decision-making. We have recently published content explaining what ESG is and why it…

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What are SDGs and why are they important for your business?

The UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, as they are widely referred to, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 and provide a framework for sustainable development that aims to bring peace and prosperity for people and the planet now and into the future. This agenda consists of 17 goals, such as…

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