Over the last year Wouter Scheepens has written a book on sustainability in the boardroom. Based on his own experience and interviews with some 25 (supervisory) board members Wouter concludes that large companies are well positioned to take sustainability to a next level.
Although most companies are working on sustainability, more should be done. The interviews show that many boards struggle to truly integrate sustainability in core processes, most of them are focused on tick boxing and the ‘ratings game’. For real change it is important that the board takes responsibility and puts the question ‘what do we stand for as a company’ at the heart of the effort. Then sustainability can offer new value sources; by looking at the market through a societal lens additional opportunities will arise. The financial sector can play a vital role as a ‘driver for change’, but this requires a pro-active attitude and making clear choices. Moreover Wouter highlights how building alliances and an eco-system in which large corporations cooperate with start-ups, social enterprises and NGO’s will help to leverage innovation and scale implementation of sustainable products. Wouter says: “All in all the message of this book is positive. Society faces enormous challenges and companies are well positioned to play a significant part in the transition towards a sustainable economy. But for this to happen, I believe the boardroom should take the lead.”
The book will be presented on June 26th in Amsterdam (as from 16.00 hrs). Confirmed speakers are André Veneman, AkzoNobel’s Corporate Director Sustainability & HSE and Nanno Kleiterp, former CEO of FMO and Inge Brakman, member of various supervisory and non-executive boards.
We hope that many will attend this event and participate in the discussion on this important topic. If you can join, please mail the publisher: firstname.lastname@example.org
A sneak preview of the book can be found here.
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