Strategic partnerships

 
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Collaboration with Competition: Peer Partnerships for Society

Traditionally, value chain partnerships are set up between companies with complementary capabilities, resources, products and services. To increase the impact of their sustainability efforts, companies increasingly find that collaboration with competitors can be a useful approach. These partnerships typically lead to synergies for all parties involved, including an increased scalability of their sustainability efforts, cost savings and improved performance. In addition, peer partnerships can fuel new business models and, thus, new revenue streams.
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SDGs Leveraged with Responsible Investors

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been able to catch responsible investors’ attention all around the globe since they were adopted in September 2015. One year down the road, a coalition of investors, including the managers of more than €550bn in Dutch pension assets, publicly committed to integrate SDGs within their investment strategy. Although the coalition is a Dutch and Swedish affair for now, the intention and hope is that other institutional investors will come on board.
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Eneco: Dutch Windmills are Moving Trains

Dutch railway company NS has announced that as of the beginning of 2017, all public transport trains in the Netherlands are being powered entirely by 100% renewable energy sources, namely wind power.
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Putting Strawberries on a Water Diet without Losing Their Weight

In May 2016, Innocent Drinks was rewarded as the winner of the water category of the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards with its Irri-fresa app. This application supports strawberry farmers in Southern Spain to drastically reduce their water usage. In order to scale up Irri-fresa’s impact, the company has embarked on a journey for which partnering is key.
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Together Forever: Building Partnerships for the Goals

If you want to go far, go together: unleashing the power of partnerships is key to accelerate performance on today’s biggest sustainability challenges. The Sustainable Development Goals provide an excellent opportunity to identify key issues and align organizations that are working towards the same objectives. Successful examples of how to develop impactful partnerships with value chain partners and other stakeholders are set by a range of different chemical companies.
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IMD

IMD is an independent not-for-profit foundation with no financial support from government. The business school serves the international corporate community, helping develop and retain the best qualified management talent for global leadership.
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The Shift

The Shift was created in June 2015 by the former sustainability networks KAURI and Business & Society Belgium. Their goal? To realise the transition towards a more sustainable society and economy, together with their members and partners.
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MVO Nederland

MVO Nederland, in English CSR Netherlands, is the Centre of Excellence for Dutch companies that are striving towards corporate social responsibility. More than 2000 companies are affiliated with this networking organization.
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eRevalue

eRevalue is a business intelligence provider based in London and New York. Our interactive analytics platforms – Datamaran and Caspian – help business leaders, advisors and investors monitor emerging regulatory, reputational, and competitive risks to make organizations and investments future proof.
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De Groene Zaak

The Dutch Sustainable Business (De Groene Zaak) is the leading association in sustainability in the Netherlands, uniting over two hundred pioneering companies. It is the Dutch chapter of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and partner in Ecopreneur.eu. All members share a clear business goal: transforming the current economic order to a sustainable and circular one as fast as possible.
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