Training Wetlands International Kenya – Cooperation with Industry 

Training Wetlands International Kenya – Cooperation with Industry 

7 September 2017

Civil Society Organizations and Business

Companies do not traditionally work with civil society organizations to focus on becoming more sustainable. In the Netherlands, this type of cooperation has become more normal, but in countries like Kenya, it is still in its infancy. CREM, together with Steven de Bie from Conservation Consultancy and local consultant Simon Thuo, was asked to provide training on working in this manner to Wetlands International Kenya. (more…)
Working Together on Sustainable Land Use

Working Together on Sustainable Land Use

29 July 2017
The current efforts to ensure sustainable land use are not sufficient to achieve our ambitions for the climate, a circular economy and sustainability. With the world population increasing and consumption growing, the pressure on our natural capital is constantly increasing.

There is more needed to protect our planet

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Accessible Natural Capital Reporting

Accessible Natural Capital Reporting

10 April 2017
An increasing number of companies are becoming aware of the fact that natural capital is essential for their business. These companies are trying to discuss and structure the topic of natural capital, also in collaboration with third parties. The non-business world is also increasingly interested in the interaction between companies and natural capital, both financially and societally. But how can companies properly inform stakeholders with the best reporting on natural capital? (more…)
Everything That You Always Wanted to Know About Raw Materials and Biodiversity…

Everything That You Always Wanted to Know About Raw Materials and Biodiversity…

10 April 2017
... but were afraid to ask! Which raw materials are most likely to be in my product or semi-finished product? Are these resources scarce? What is the impact of these raw materials on biodiversity and how can I reduce that impact? Businesses and buyers can soon find the answers to these and other questions by using the 'Raw Materials Scanner'. This scanner is now being developed by TNO, EY and software developers, on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. It will first cover 64 metals; biotic resources, such as agricultural commodities, will possibly be added later. (more…)
Monitoring Chicken and Corn Production in Myanmar

Monitoring Chicken and Corn Production in Myanmar

10 April 2017
A consortium of companies and organizations under the direction of animal feed producer De Heus launched the 'Sustainable and Affordable Poultry for All (SAPA)' project in 2015.

Need for the initiative

This initiative was made possible in part by the Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV). De Heus has engaged Victor de Lange of CREM for the annual monitoring of this five-year project and for the final evaluation. (more…)
New Generation of Indonesian Cooking Pilot in Bandung

New Generation of Indonesian Cooking Pilot in Bandung

10 April 2017
In 2016, CREM worked with FENEDEX and FNLI to develop a strategy to promote more sustainable and healthier food consumption in Indonesia. This strategy is supported by many Indonesian groups and will launch a new gastronomic trend: the New Generation of Indonesian Cooking (NGIC). NGIC should be tasty and hip, but at the same time more sustainable and healthier. The promotion of local, often ethnically inspired cuisine and products is an important aspect of the project. This approach is seen as a smart way to influence consumer behaviour. And it transforms the Indonesian cook into a change agent. (more…)
Sustainable Banking in Egypt

Sustainable Banking in Egypt

30 March 2016

It was raining cats and dogs the night of the seminar on sustainable banking in Cairo. Nevertheless, the room at the Egyptian Banking Institute was full of interested bankers. The reading by Wijnand Broer (CREM) and a presentation by the Arab African International Bank (AAIB), a leader in sustainable banking, were enthusiastically received.

Prior to the seminar, CREM, with the Egyptian Banking Institute and a local consultant, gave a number of training sessions for Egyptian bank employees, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (more…)
Restaurants Serve the Fab Five

Restaurants Serve the Fab Five

27 March 2016
On the 18th of March, city counsler Choho of Amsterdam launched the project 'New Proteins on the Menu'. For two months, five food service locations in Amsterdam are serving proteins that are more sustainable and animal friendly than traditional proteins. The project is part of the Green Deal for More Sustainable Food Consumption by Dutch Cuisine, an alliance of 15 national and local governments, companies and civil society organizations. (more…)
Indirect Effects of Port Construction

Indirect Effects of Port Construction

25 March 2016

The Dutch government is committed to making the worldwide development and expansion of seaports more sustainable.  In the planning stages of these projects, the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) studies play an important role, as many other decisions are based on them.

The government asked the Environmental Impact Assessment (MER) Commision to identify sustainable good practices for ESIAs. The MER Commission then tasked CREM with the analysis for the social economic dimensions of ESIAs. For this assignment, ESIAs for port construction in Africa, Southeast Asia and Central and South America were analyzed. (more…)
Sustainable Resource Extraction

Sustainable Resource Extraction

21 March 2016
As managing editor of the online platform www.naturalcaptains.nl, CREM interviews companies that take part in the innovative programe Natural Captains. Van Nieuwpoort Bouwgrondstoffen, which specializes in the sustainable extraction of resources, is one of those companies. Valuable areas Through the extraction of sand and gravel, Van Nieuwpoort creates valuable areas that contribute to the development of nature, water safety and recreation. For example, along the great rivers resource extraction goes hand-in-hand with expansion of drainage capacity to prevent flooding. New nature areas with cycling, hiking and wandering possibilities are also created. Van Nieuwpoort works…
Interactive Guide on Natural Capital & Financial Institutions

Interactive Guide on Natural Capital & Financial Institutions

7 March 2016

VBDO (The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development) and CREM present a unique interactive guide and self-assessment tool on natural capital for financial institutions.

The guide provides practical guidance to financial institutions that wish to take their interactions with natural capital into account in their investment management. For example, how natural capital can be translated to responsible investment strategies such as exclusion, active ownership, ESG-integration (Environmental, Social and Governance) or impact investing. Also, guidance is provided on how financial institutions can be transparent in their actions and impact regarding natural capital. (more…)
Editorial Board Natural Capital

Editorial Board Natural Capital

14 December 2015

There are currently various programs to help companies work smarter and more efficiently with natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems (otherwise known as natural capital). In addition to the Natural Capital Help Desk, Platform BEE (Biodiversity, Ecosystem and the Economy) has started a program called ‘Natural Captains’ for leaders in the area.

Natural Captains

In this program, dozens of forward-thinking Dutch companies challenge the others and themselves to take real action. The common goal is to achieve measurable results in the sustainable use of natural capital in business practices or the supply chain. (more…)
Sustainable Banking

Sustainable Banking

6 October 2015

The financial sector realizes that sustainability is important for the long-term success of businesses. Financial institutions such as banks, pension funds and insurers are making more demands on how businesses conduct themselves in the ESG (environmental, social and governance) sectors. They do this in order to better estimate the financial risks of investments, but moral and sustainability considerations also play a role.

In the Netherlands, the ASN Bank and Triodos are the known leaders in the field.

Financial sector on our home turf

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The First Assessment of the Vietnamese Potato Project

The First Assessment of the Vietnamese Potato Project

28 September 2015
How can the introduction of Dutch potato varieties in Vietnam contribute to food security? This is the central question for the project 'Growing out of poverty with potatoes'. The project is partially funded by the Dutch government and carried out by a consortium led by the Vietnamese company Fresh Studio. In the project, farmers are trained in the area of good agricultural practices and tests are carried out on Dutch varieties in order to get them registered (approved) for the Vietnamese market. The project takes an innovative approach by also helping the Vietnamese consumer to become more familiar with potato consumption and its advantages. (more…)
Decent Work in International Supply Chains

Decent Work in International Supply Chains

21 August 2015

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment commissioned Nyenrode Business Universiteit and consultancy firm CREM to conduct a research project concerning the impacts of global supply chains on the compliance with the 'decent work' norms defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). These ILO norms have been incorporated in various international treaties and statements, and agreed upon by many countries around the world.

The research team examined regulatory practices in 20 countries and corporate practices in 5 sectors in order to detect innovative instruments employed to improve decent work via global supply chains. (more…)