Jan van der Kaaij

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Jan van der Kaaij
Publ. date 19 Sep 2007

Creative sustainability expert in strategy development, DJSI and sustainable innovation, with a hands-on approach and always committed to go for the max. | jan@finchandbeak.com 

'I like to change and to improve; especially when this serves a better and broader purpose. Besides the fact that CSR improves the world, it also makes companies more innovative. Employees go to work with enhanced pleasure and are being challenged to think about sustainable ideas. Furthermore, an innovative and involved employer attracts better talent. Fortunately I notice that CSR more and more becomes part of the core business; also because it deals with authenticity and experience. Stakeholders base their opinion increasingly on the social experience they have with an organisation or brand.'

My background

  • Founder of Between-us and Finch & Beak
  • Guest speaker at IMD in Lausanne and at KaosPilots in Arhus
  • VP Marketing and Sales at Priority Telecom (UPC) 
  • Marketing and Sales Director at AND Technology
  • Business Manager at Euro-Log, a joint venture of France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom
  • Summercourse Corporate Reputation, EUR
  • Executive MBA, IMD Lausanne
  • NIMA-C
  • Bachelor in Logistics

You can call me for:
The development of a CSR strategy or the investigation of a existing CSR program, the development of senior management on Corporate Social Responsibility and ad interim management. Furthermore you can call me for interesting assignments which have to deal with social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Colleagues would describe me as:
Motivated, involved, humoristic.  
 
Which book should everybody read?
“The CEO and the Monk: One Company's Journey to Profit and Purpose” by Robert Catell. A magnificant story of a CEO who together with an ex munk accomplishes major changes in the business culture of an energy company. It offers lots of points of departure for human centered change.

Best advice I ever got
Back to school at age 38.
 
Something surprising about me
I have a professional catering diploma in wine. 

What I do in my spare time

  • Running, skiing and reading
  • To cook for and have a drink with friends 

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