Support Partners 2016

Support Partners are companies or organisations from all over the world supporting the Challenge by allowing their best young talents to participate. As a Support Partner you will contribute to bringing together the best young professionals and give them the knowledge, tools and confidence to implement positive and innovative change. In this way young talents will work towards transforming Business, Society and Self.

ABN AMRO

ABN AMRO serves retail, private and corporate banking clients with a primary focus on the Netherlands and with selective operations internationally. Sustainability is an integral part of ABN AMRO’s long-term strategy and its ambition is to be a better bank contributing to a better world. They are very much aware that their products and services have an impact on society and they assume the responsibilities this brings.

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Alliander

Alliander operates energy networks which distribute gas and electricity to large parts of the Netherlands. With their work they facilitate businesses, homes, transport and recreation.  The organisation is working closely with its customers to achieve the switch to renewable energy sources. Alliander is continuously improving its performance by stimulating the development and professionalism of their employees. Good entrepreneurship and good supervision thereof form the pillars of corporate governance. This leads to trust and confidence in the management and the supervision of the various stakeholders at Alliander.

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B Lab Europe

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab therefore builds a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

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Ben & Jerry’s

From a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, to far-off places, the journey of Ben & Jerry’s that began in 1978 with 2 guys and the ice cream business they built is as legendary as their ice cream is euphoric. Ben & Jerry’s believes business has a responsibility to give back to the community. They strive to make the best possible ice cream in the nicest way possible. Ben & Jerry’s made a significant commitment to source Fair Trade ingredients and to support the global Fair Trade movement. They are in the process of converting their ingredients to Fair Trade globally where they feel they can have the greatest impact on improving the lives of farmers, strengthening their communities and protecting the environment.

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Berendsen

Berendsen is a leading British-based company with more than a 100 years of experience in textile, hygiene and safety solutions. The company is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index and is headquartered in London. Berendsen takes a leading position in most of the 17 European countries in which it operates. The products and services of Berendsen comply with a high standard of environmental policies, and Berendsen is the only actor in its sector that has signed the United Nations Global Compact.

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BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a leader in banking and financial services in Europe. The Group is present in nearly 75 countries and employs more than 189,000 employees, half of which are based in its four ‘domestic’ markets: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg. The main activities of BNP Paribas are complementary, providing strategic strength and assuring the bank financial solidity:
– Retail Banking and Services
– Corporate & Institutional Banking

By placing the customer firmly at the heart of its operations, “the bank for a changing world” has positioned itself as a responsible company at the service of its customers. It defines itself through its rigorous approach to managing risk, its capacity to adapt and its ability to innovate.

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Calor Gas Ltd

Since Calor Gas Ltd was formed in 1935 we have steadily grown to our current position as the UK’s leading supplier of LPG – and now part of SHV energy, a global family of LPG companies. Today we focus on innovation and sustainability to provide the best possible service for our customers as well as tackling rural fuel poverty and developing ways to cut emissions and waste.

Calor employs over 1,400 people across over 60 sites in the UK. The business sells around 500,000 tonnes of LPG per year to a varied rural and urban customer base. This covers heating and power for a wide mix of domestic residences, industrial and commercial premises, agriculture and many occasional users. This all happens with an eye on sustainability and the desire to ”Make it last in to the future”.

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City of The Hague

The City of The Hague is the International City of Peace and Justice. It is the United Nations’ second city, after New York .The City of The Hague is divided into 8 departments and 1 company.  There are 160 international organisations in The Hague, employing around 14,000 people dedicated to the cause of world peace. As far away as Sarajevo, Nairobi and Kabul, the name ‘The Hague’ represents hope: hope for millions of people that the crimes perpetrated against them will not go unpunished. Hope for a peaceful future. The Peace Palace in The Hague, with the International Court of Justice and Permanent Court of Arbitration, is the icon of international law.

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Danone

Danone is an international company present on all 5 continents. The group holds top positions in healthy food through four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Baby Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. Danone counts over 190 production plants and around 102,000 employees. In 2012, the company generated sales of over €20 billion, of which more than 50% were in emerging countries.

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De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar

De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar is with 565.000 insured clients the fifth health care insurer of the Netherlands. They are part of the Achmea-group, but they independently operate to make sure their clients have access to the best health care. De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar strives for the best quality of life for their clients, now and in the future. To De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar ‘ambition’ means to think ahead, to be creative, and to search for new opportunities and anticipate threats. The key to accomplish this is their solid collaboration with clients, partners in health care and between their employees. In this way de Friesland Zorgverzekeraar makes sure that health care is accessible to everyone, to us and future generations.

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Eneco

Eneco’s more than two million customers are provided with consistent, secure energy supplies. For this reason, the organisation ensures that they can contribute value throughout the entire chain. Eneco is an integrated energy group with more than 7,000 employees, offering comprehensive solutions for, and together with, their customers and partners. They invest in well-maintained networks, onshore and offshore wind farms, solar energy projects and biomass plants. Eneco is doing this from bases in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, France and Germany.

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Enexis

Enexis manages the energy networks in the Northern, Eastern and Southern parts of the Netherlands. The organisation provides gas and electricity to a total of around 2.7 million customers on a daily basis. They maintain and renew the network (power cables, gas pipelines and substations) and care for high standards of network reliability and safety. Enexis appreciates that energy is an important basic facility and that therefore they, as the network operator, have a social and economic role to play in that respect. Their vision, mission and core values are also based on this principle.

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Engie

ENGIE E&P Nederland B.V. is one of the leading operators on the Dutch part of the North Sea since 1964. They search for, discover and develop gas and oil fields, and produce these natural resources. As offshore gas producer, they operate platforms on more than 30 production locations and form a vital part of the provision of energy to the Netherlands and several other countries. Their dedicated and qualified staff use advanced technologies with a strong focus on operating in the safest way possible, to protect people and the environment.

They are part of the ENGIE Group. The ENGIE Group is one of the largest energy corporations in the world. The Group has activities in 70 countries and has more than 152,900 employees worldwide. The activities within the Group can be divided into five business lines. ENGIE E&P Nederland B.V. is part of the Global Gas and LNG business line.

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Essent

Essent is an energy supplier of gas, electricity and other energy products to 2,5 million households and business customers all around the Netherlands and Belgium. Essent is part of the international energy group RWE. RWE is one of the largest producers of conventional and sustainable energy in the Netherlands. Essent is very aware of the transition in the energy world and is challenged by this trend. Step-by-step Essent works towards an energy supply that is completely sustainable. This is shown by their nine societal priorities, among which are climate protection, biodiversity, environmental protection and innovation. These form the foundations of their ambitious Corporate Social Responsibility policies and are based upon the UN Global Compact.

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Ferrero

Ferrero began its story in the little town of Alba in Piedmont, Italy, in 1946. Today, with a consolidated turnover of over 8 billion Euros, Ferrero is amongst the market leaders of the confectionery sector and the fourth worldwide Group in the chocolate confectionery market.

Ferrero has 73 consolidated subsidiaries, including 20 production plants around the world, of which 3 are Ferrero Social Enterprises in Africa and Asia, and 6 agricultural companies. Its products are present in around 200 countries; they have become part of the collective memory and customs of many countries, where they are truly loved generation after generation and often considered as cultural icons.

Furthermore, Ferrero has social responsibility in its DNA. Product freshness and high quality, careful selection of the finest raw materials, sustainable agricultural practices and continuous research and innovation are some of the key elements of Ferrero’s success. Moreover, Ferrero continues to invest in local communities thanks to the Ferrero Foundation, the Ferrero Social Enterprises and the Kinder+Sport programme.

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FMO

FMO is the Dutch development bank. FMO has invested in the private sector in developing countries and emerging markets for more than 45 years. Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs to build a better world. We invest in sectors where we believe our contribution can have the highest long-term impact: financial institutions, energy and agribusiness. Alongside partners, we invest in the infrastructure, manufacturing and services sectors. With an investment portfolio of EUR 8 billion spanning over 85 countries, FMO is one of the larger bilateral private sector development banks globally.

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FrieslandCampina

Every day Royal FrieslandCampina provides millions of consumers all over the world with food that is rich in valuable nutrients from milk. FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s largest dairy companies and their products find their way to more than 100 countries. The dairy cooperative produces and sells consumer products, from dairy-based beverages to infant nutrition, to cheese and desserts. FrieslandCampina’s purpose statement – nourishing by nature – stands for better nutrition for the world, a good living for our farmers, now and for generations to come.

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Gispen

Gispen designs, manufactures and supplies interior design products that are reliable, surprising and stand for sustainable design. Gispen strives to create optimum environments that have a positive influence on people. Due to intensive cooperation with national and international designers, clients, partners and suppliers, innovative and stimulating solutions are realised for living, working, learning and residing. Their core values are sustainability, innovation, inspiration and design and are the driving forces for the business activities of Gispen.

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Greenchoice

Greenchoice is the largest energy provider in the Netherlands that exclusively provides green, sustainable energy. Greenchoice dreams of a country in which everyone can manage their own energy supplies, and works together with its customers towards a cleaner world. All power and gas supplied by Greenchoice is durable, since they only use power from sustainable sources. Besides,  they plant trees to compensate for gas emissions.

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Greenpeace

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by, among others, catalysing an energy revolution to address climate change; defending the oceans by challenging wasteful and destructive fishing; protecting the world’s ancient forests and the animals, plants and people that depend on them; working for disarmament and peace by tackling the causes of conflict and calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons; creating a toxic free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in today’s products and manufacturing and campaigning for sustainable agriculture by rejecting genetically engineered organisms, protecting biodiversity and encouraging socially responsible farming.

Greenpeace is present in more than 55 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

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Heineken Mexico

From a single brewery in Amsterdam 150 years ago, Heineken has grown into the world’s most international brewer. Heineken is a proud, independent global brewer committed to surprise and excite consumers with its brands and products everywhere. The brand that bears the founder’s family name – Heineken® – is available in almost every country on the globe and is the world’s most valuable international premium beer brand.

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Heineken The Netherlands

From a single brewery in Amsterdam 150 years ago, Heineken has grown into the world’s most international brewer. Heineken is a proud, independent global brewer committed to surprise and excite consumers with its brands and products everywhere. The brand that bears the founder’s family name – Heineken® – is available in almost every country on the globe and is the world’s most valuable international premium beer brand.

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Heineken USA

From a single brewery in Amsterdam 150 years ago, Heineken has grown into the world’s most international brewer. Heineken is a proud, independent global brewer committed to surprise and excite consumers with its brands and products everywhere. The brand that bears the founder’s family name – Heineken® – is available in almost every country on the globe and is the world’s most valuable international premium beer brand.

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Innate Motion

Innate Motion is the humanizing business company. The purpose of innate motion is to empower and enable marketers and their partners to create more meaningful growth. It starts with applying more human logic to business, to marketing and to brands, in a world that tends to apply too much business logic to humans.

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Interface

Interface is a global manufacturer of carpet tiles, driving sustainability through Mission Zero. Mission Zero is our promise to eliminate any negative impact we have on the environment by 2020 and to become restorative. It’s a huge challenge but one that we’re well on our way to meeting. By definition we are the world’s largest designer and maker of carpet tiles. By reputation, we are a company of innovative sustainable ideas and courage.

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Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence works for peace, freedom and stability in the Netherlands and abroad on a daily basis. They strive for a world in which everyone can live in safety and freedom. With 58.000 employees The Netherlands Ministry of Defence is one of the largest employers in the Netherlands and comprises seven organisational elements. The Central Staff makes Defence Policy and is led by the Minister of Defence, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

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Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality. Broadly speaking, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (I&M) consists of three sections: policy, implementation and inspection. In addition, the ministry has several support agencies to ensure that the top political and civil service layers as well as the employees are able to perform their work.

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Mondi

Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, employing around 25,000 people across more than 30 countries. Their key operations are located in central Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. Mondi is integrated across the packaging and paper value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and compound plastics, to developing effective and innovative industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Mondi works closely with their customers and other strategic partners to develop cutting edge solutions, while also prioritising the sustainable management of their resources.

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Rabobank

Rabobank is a bank by and for customers, a cooperative bank, a socially-responsible bank. Their aim is to be market leader across all financial markets in the Netherlands. Rabobank is also committed to being a leading bank in the field of food and agri worldwide.
Rabobank believes that sustainable development is most likely to succeed when individuals and businesses join forces to pursue this goal together. Their aim is to empower customers and strengthen their communities by providing financial services in conjunction with access to its knowledge and networks. Experience has taught that caring for people, the climate and the environment often goes hand in hand with the creation of new income opportunities.

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Royal IHC

In an ever-changing political and economic landscape, Royal IHC enables its customers to execute complex projects from sea level to ocean floor in the most challenging of maritime environments. They are a reliable supplier of innovative and efficient equipment, vessels and services for the offshore, dredging and wet mining markets.

With a history steeped in Dutch shipbuilding since the mid-17th Century, Royal IHC has in-depth knowledge and expertise of engineering and manufacturing high-performance integrated vessels and equipment, and providing sustainable services. From their head office in The Netherlands and with 3,000 employees working from sites and offices on a global basis, Royal IHC is able to ensure a local presence and support on every continent.

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Siemens

Siemens is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role. As of September 30, 2015, Siemens had around 348,000 employees in more than 200 countries

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Steward Redqueen

Steward Redqueen is a specialised consultancy that works across the globe advising organisations on impact and sustainability.

Like any organisation, corporations are looking to operate in harmony with their surroundings and to become sustainable; that is, to be a steward for people and planet. At the same time, corporations are competing for sound market positions. In a globalising economy, the combination of stewardship and competition offers dilemmas, challenges and -above all- opportunities.

The Steward Redqueen team has a strong track record in this area. Steward Redqueen works for corporations and other organisations in developed and emerging markets.

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Van Doorne

Van Doorne, established in 1930, is a top-tier independent Dutch law firm in Amsterdam. Van Doorne advises leading Dutch and international companies, financial institutions, semi-public organisations and government agencies. It also acts as State Advocate for the Dutch Ministry of Finance.

Van Doorne conducts sustainable policy in the area of corporate social responsibility with four key objectives, namely: social, environmental and sustainability, talent and art. As a member of the Green Business Club it actively devotes attention to, for example, its CO2 footprint and it is actively involved in the annual collection for the Amsterdam Zuid Food Bank. Furthermore, Van Doorne provides consultancy services for the first Social Impact Bond of the Netherlands and it continues to develop new initiatives in the field of social entrepreneurship in order to inspire and encourage this development.

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Van Wijhe Verf

Van Wijhe Verf is an independent Dutch family company that has been successfully producing paint since 1916. Their success can be ascribed to the combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern techniques and insights. Van Wijhe Verf is innovative in its field, and the company is very aware of the importance of user friendliness when it comes to new techniques. No innovation just for the sake of innovation, but actual improvements to make working with Van Wijhe Verf a pleasant experience. Community involvement and sustainable solutions are at the core of the family business

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Wereldhave

Wereldhave is a Dutch real estate investment company and focuses on shopping centres in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Finland. Wereldhave’s mission is to own and operate shopping centres to realise solid long term societal and financial returns for all stakeholders. Wereldhave invests in convenience shopping centres that are dominant in their micro environment in larger provincial cities in northwest continental Europe.

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YoungCapital

YoungCapital is the largest recruitment company for students, graduates and young professionals in the Netherlands. They believe that young talented people are the drivers of change and innovation in any business. They look beyond cv or work experience and recruit young people for their talent, personality and ambitions.

YoungCapital is passionate about finding the leaders of the future. This is why they are proud support partner of the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge.

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