Employee Engagement

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Webcast on Human Capital Development & Eco-Efficiency

On November 30th, the last out of 5 webinars on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2017 results was broadcasted by RobecoSAM. The webcast covered the criteria of Human Capital Development and Operational Eco-Efficiency. Both criteria play an important role in the 60 industries addressed by RobecoSAM's questionnaire. As in line with the general trend of the sustainability assessment, those two criteria have shifted towards quantitative questions. Therefore, companies are required to have a data-driven perspective in order to accelerate its performance. In the download section of this article, you can find our summary of the webcast.

Finch & Beak and TNT in BNR Duurzaam

How do you make sure your sustainability strategy comes alive in all layers of the organization? Finch & Beak' change management workshop Change Pro® delivered new insights to TNT. At its core is the motivation and involvement of managers and employees with a core message that is aligned with their goals and reality. This often happens from the enthousiasm of the Green Team, which talks passionately about the topic, but too much from their own world.

Critical Success Factors of a Sustainable Company

A recent study by Professor Robert Eccles (Harvard Business School) found that ‘high sustainability’ companies significantly outperformed their counterparts over an 18 year period with 4.8% in terms of both stock market and accounting criteria, such as return on assets and return on equity. These survey results, and the increasing pressure from stakeholder groups such as investors, employees and NGOs on consideration of broad human needs, clearly underline the importance of being a sustainable company.

Gamification is hot, also for CSR

Globally, people spend 3 billion hours per week on gaming. And what do people do with those other billions of hours? That’s right: working. Gaming has become more and more integrated into work. Almost half of the German employees are playing games during working hours, with an average percentage for CEOs and CFOs at even 61% (Reinecke, 2009). It seems that gaming is a powerful tool for involving employees. Games provide a sense of productivity and control. How could you translate these insights into something beneficial for your company, for instance CSR? The booming trend that is dealing with this, is Gamification.

Business Design Thinking as a Tool for Employee Engagement

Companies looking for innovation opportunities in the sustainability arena are increasingly applying collaborative processes: both within the company as well as with customers, business partners or other stakeholders. Open innovation and co-creation are fine examples of how organizations are becoming more transparent and receptive of external influences. But let’s not overlook the brainpower within the company. Spurring collaboration between employees across departments and by challenging them to come up with new solutions and concepts will not only bring forward new opportunities for innovation: it is also a great way to get people engaged.


Times are changing. Technological development, sustainability consciousness, and globalization are important ‘shapers’ of the new reality. This new reality also leads up more and more to an organizational new style: the open and breathing organization. A network organization which continuously renews itself, is nimble, and organizes itself based on the talent, the passion and the qualities of people. This diversity is an important departure point for value creation.
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The crucial role of HR in Sustainability

Authenticity, integrity and trust are important conditions to attract and bind employees. Therefore, the link with Corporate Social Responsibility is obvious. Paul-Peter Feld, Director Human Resources & Organisation of Enexis, The Netherlands (past: Xerox) gives his vision on the connection between human resources and effective Corporate Social Responsibility. “HR can provide an important contribution to the realisation of the organisation’s goals. After all, within organisations people are the ones who deliver the goals and the strategy. Therefore, an important job for Human Resources is to enable people to develop themselves and change together with the changing (organisation)circumstances.

Accelerating Employee Engagement at Eneco

Not so long ago, utility companies were public agencies that offered predictable products and services, and had little to no competitors. They did not need to have an open, social and innovative character, and entrepreneurial skills were not that important. During the 1990's this slowly began to change. Moreover, new technological opportunities and contemporary developments led to further acceleration. So how faces Eneco, a >€5 billion turnover Dutch energy company, this changing context?

A Creative Hiking Experience in Spain

Mountain landscapes have always been recognized as the perfect spot to go when our body needs to reconnect with nature as they enable us to get into a relaxed state-of-mind. From the city of Barcelona, it is a short trip to the beautiful Pyrenees mountains. In these mountains it is now possible for leaders and their teams to re-energize. The Creative Hiking Experience is an effective and sustainable method for facilitating the effective implementation of deep organizational transformation.
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Sekisui Inspires Youngsters to Drive Sustainable Change

Sekisui Chemical Company, the Japanese manufacturer of high quality polyolefin foams is very active in the field of sustainability. In 2007, when Sekisui celebrated its 60-year anniversary, it organized the first Global Children’s Eco Summit in Japan with children from all over the world, followed by regional events in Europe, North-America and Asia.The big idea behind the involvement of this specific stakeholder group is that they are very well equipped to be change agents for a sustainable future.
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