Circular Economy

 
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How Leading Chemicals Companies Surpass Their Competition

For the case studies we wrote for IMD business school on Royal DSM, and the forthcoming case on Novozymes for INSEAD, Finch & Beak did a deep dive in the sustainability performance within of the chemicals sector. This has taught us that at least a few chemical companies are among the global community of corporate sustainability front runners, which sparked the question: what is the status of sustainability in the rest of the industry?
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Umicore: the World’s Most Sustainable Company

The Canadian research institute Corporate Knights has named Umicore as the world’s most sustainable company. This is quite a feat, as Umicore used to have a rather unpopular image of a polluting company. With revenues of about €12.5 billion (2012), 14,600 employees, 77 industrial sites and 15 R&D centres in 34 countries, there is no doubt that Umicore is doing well. But what is the key to Umicore’s success and how did sustainable change led to value creation?
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How to Build Strategic Partnerships in the Value Chain

Responsible purchasing is an increasingly important part of supply chain management. Suppliers are analyzed on different environmental and social aspects, for example on labor conditions or the prevention of hazardous waste. By acting upon the results and making strategic partnerships within the value chain, companies can realize social, environmental, and even monetary benefits.
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Van Gansewinkel Group Adopts Cradle to Cradle

Van Gansewinkel group has decided to join forces with the German EPEA from Michael Braungart, co-author of the book Cradle to Cradle. The purpose of the agreement is to spread the Cradle to Cradle principle in the Benelux, to use each other’s specific knowledge and to share this with third parties. The core of Cradle to Cradle lies in the concept ‘Waste = food’: all used materials should after their lives in one product become useful in another product. In the vision of Braungart materials should not contain ingredient that harm either the health of people or the environment.
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