Civil Society Organizations and BusinessCompanies 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…)
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Need for the initiativeThis 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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 CaptainsIn 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…)
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.