Monitoring progress IRBC Agreement Food Products

Monitoring progress IRBC Agreement Food Products

30 January 2021
On 29 June 2018 the Dutch Agreement on International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) for the Food Products sector was signed by three branch organisations (FNLI, CBL and KNSV), two ministries, two trade unions, three civil society organisations and the Sustainable Trade Initiative. The Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER) is responsible for general coordination. (more…)
Development of a ‘biodiversity on your plate’ programme

Development of a ‘biodiversity on your plate’ programme

23 December 2020
A large number of civil society organisations, private sector organisations and government bodies have joined forces in the Deltaplan biodiversiteitherstel (Action Plan for Biodiversity Restoration). Together these organisations aim to restore biodiversity in the Netherlands, among others in agricultural regions. For this purpose it is crucial that farmers get sufficient incentives for producing in a biodiversity friendly manner, for example through improved sales prospects in the foodservice sector. (more…)
Anticipating due diligence legislation on RBC: several child labour initiatives

Anticipating due diligence legislation on RBC: several child labour initiatives

23 December 2020
In the beginning of 2020, by order of a consortium consisting of Solina Netherlands, Doens Food, Spicemasters and the Royal Dutch Spices Association (KNSV), CREM started a project to eradicate child labour from spices supply chains. The focus is on two specific product-country combinations (PCC): chilli peppers from India and black pepper from Vietnam. CREM was hired as project coordinator and to assist the companies in optimising their due diligence management in the area of Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and to support the development of action plans for the two supply chains. (more…)
Circular Restaurants Leaders Group Haarlem and Rotterdam

Circular Restaurants Leaders Group Haarlem and Rotterdam

15 July 2020
End of 2019, CREM started a Circular Restaurants Leaders Group in the cities of Haarlem and Rotterdam. These Leaders groups are a follow-up to the Circular Hotels Leaders Group that started in 2017. The Leaders groups in Haarlem and Rotterdam consist of around 20 restaurants each that, together as a group, explore circular solutions. Prevention of food waste plays is of course an important objective, but is not the only focal point. The project also focuses on circular procurement (from sustainably produced, local ingredients to circular clothing and alternatives for plastic straws), packaging, the menu, kitchen management, waste management and communication with guests. (more…)
Green Leaders Network expands

Green Leaders Network expands

20 June 2020
Connecting or matchmaking, that is what it’s all about in the Green Leaders Network of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers, known as VNO-NCW, and entrepreneurs’ organisation MKB-Nederland. Jolanda van Schaick of CREM is the  matchmaker of this network, responsible for connecting entrepreneurs in the area of circularity and the energy transition. (more…)
Chefs’ challenge in Flevoland

Chefs’ challenge in Flevoland

9 May 2020

Eat like a Pioneer

The Dutch province Flevoland supports the production and consumption of sustainably produced food products from Flevoland. Chefs can play a key role in that context as they can both put such products on the menu and inspire their guests to use these ingredients at home. (more…)

Investing in biodiversity

Investing in biodiversity

23 March 2020

Establishment PBAF

On initiative of ASN Bank, the ‘Partnership Biodiversity Accounting Financials’ (PBAF) was recently established. With this knowledge platform, ASN Bank and five other financial institutions (ACTIAM,  FMO, Robeco, Triodos Bank en Triple Jump) will focus on impact measurement of investments with a positive effect on biodiversity. CREM and PRé Sustainability will support the platform in this effort.

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Child Labour: Spices and Tourism

Child Labour: Spices and Tourism

5 March 2020

IRBC Agreements and upcoming legislation on child labour

In the past few years, by order of several companies CREM has executed a number of projects aiming to analyse and eradicate child labour in supply chains. Firstly, this concerned metal supply chains, both primary metal ores and secondary metals, for which research took place in Peru and Ghana respectively. Secondly, the problem of child labour was assessed in a number of spices supply chains: cumin from Turkey, cardamom from Guatemala and turmeric from India. (more…)

ASN Bank’s Impact on Biodiversity

ASN Bank’s Impact on Biodiversity

7 January 2019

ASN Bank's sustainability policy has three pillars: the climate, human rights and biodiversity. CREM has worked with the bank since 2014 on the formulation of its biodiversity policy and the development of long-term goals for this pillar. In 2017, the bank decided to become 'biodiversity positive' by 2030. This means that the combined impact of all of the bank's investments must be positive by that time. ASN Bank is the first bank in the world to have set this goal. (more…)

Making natural capital concrete

Making natural capital concrete

7 January 2019

Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) develops and manages the national road and water works and works on maintaining a sustainable living environment. Although 'natural capital' does not often appear as a concrete goal when carrying out these public works, it can generate explicit benefits. This is not currently obvious, as natural capital is a broad concept that is not always easy to understand, let alone apply. However, Rijkswaterstaat’s work lends itself well to applying the concept of natural capital. (more…)

Natural Capital Accounts

Natural Capital Accounts

7 January 2019

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) is collaborating with Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) on 'natural capital accounts' for the government. Natural capital is a broad concept – for these accounts it will be mainly considered to be ecosystems (the forest, the heath, salt water, fresh water), but will also include the built environment (see: Value of forest, heath and built-up areas mapped out). (more…)

In the lead: Green Leaders

In the lead: Green Leaders

21 December 2018
VNO-NCW West (the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers, western region) established the Green Leaders network in the summer of 2016. This is a network for entrepreneurs who want to not only ease their burden on the environment, but actually improve it. It is a network of upscalers, family companies, the manufacturing industry and multinational companies from all industries. Together with the other four regional associations (VNO-NCW North, VNO-NCW Middle, BZW en LWV), they organize in-person meetings for these Green Leaders. During the meetings, participants are invited to participate in Green Circles. They can also contribute their own sustainability issues to the discussion. (more…)
Getting Started with the Circular Hotels Leaders Group

Getting Started with the Circular Hotels Leaders Group

30 November 2018
The Circular Hotels Leaders Group was launched on the 9th of November. This is a group that has grown to 12 hotels that have already taken many steps along the path to sustainability, or are on the verge of doing so. They are: Stayokay Amsterdam, DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam, Amsterdam Tropen Hotel, The Albus, Mercure Amsterdam Centre Canal District, Ambassade Hotel Amsterdam, Hotel V, QO Amsterdam, Conscious hotels, The Student Hotel and Hotelschool The Hague. (more…)
Opportunities for a circular economy in Vietnam

Opportunities for a circular economy in Vietnam

20 September 2018
Vietnam is developing quickly, leaving its low-income past behind and becoming a middle-income country. This rapid economic growth is accompanied by increasing pressure on the environment. While there is good environmental legislation, it is not always well enforced. The air quality in the capital, Hanoi, is one of the worst in the world and beautiful Ha Long Bay (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is facing heavy environmental pressure brought on by the increasing number of tourists. These are big challenges.  (more…)