Support Partners 2017

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.


The mission of Corporate Facility Partners (CFP) is to promote sustainability, cost-reduction, and “The New Way of Working” for its clients. CFP provides advice, guaranteed results, interim professionals, and financing. The company’s activities affect more than 100,000 workplaces in 7 countries.

CFP’s clients include the Amsterdam University Medical Centre, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amaris Care Group, Van Gogh Museum, Wereldhave, ING Bank, SNS Reaal, Philips, Dutch Government Buildings Agency, Municipality of Rotterdam, the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Province of Gelderland.

CFP’s expert system is unique because of the best practices, costs, and sustainability of more than 2600 buildings with a total of 26 million m2. CFP is the market leader in building sustainability, and is certified according to GRI, LEED, BREEAM, ISO 14000, ISO 26000, Green Key, and EPA-U. CFP works on the basis of performance contracts and guaranteed results.

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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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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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Gruppo Mondadori

Gruppo Mondadori is committed to sustainability in the areas of printing and publishing. Being fully involved in improving the company’s waste management measures, the use of environmentally-friendly materials, such as certified paper for printing, and cutting energy costs by implementing efficient travel management policies Gruppo Mondadori continuously works on advancing the reduction of its impact on the environment. Furthermore, they also raise awareness in sustainability amongst supplier within their supply chain by adhering to environmentally-friendly criteria in the production process.

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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 USA

Heineken USA commits to sustainability by incorporating it in their entire production process. From the barley to the bar, sustainability is the business imperative. Therefore, Heineken USA works with local farmers from around the world, makes its production process more circular through the use of recyclable materials, and encourages the use of energy saving appliances, such as fridges, at their selling points. In doing so, sustainability is implemented in every step of Heineken USA’s supply chain.

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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 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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Philips is committed to supporting sustainability in the areas of health care and technological innovation. By supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Philips has set out a 5-year program to multiply impact in their supply chain. Incorporating EcoDesign and principles of the circular economy in production patterns are at the heart of this commitment. Philips also continues to run projects that improve the lives of the most disadvantaged peoples and communities in the world through the Philips Foundation.

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Randstad Groep

Randstad is a leading global staffing and recruitment company, offering a wide range of solutions in the HR services space. We take the lead in shaping the world of work, by matching candidates with companies that will help them reach their full potential, and matching clients with people who will work to successfully develop their business.

Rexel Nederland

A leader in the professional distribution of products and services for the energy world, Rexel contributes every day to creating value for its stakeholders around the world.

Based on a consistent and sustainable environmental approach, the Group environmental policy addresses three priorities to manage its carbon emissions and environmental footprint: optimizing the energy efficiency of its sites, reducing the environmental footprint of transportation and limiting packaging and waste.

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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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Unilever is committed to supporting sustainability and providing our consumers around the world with the products they need to look good, feel good and get more out of life.

By combining their multinational expertise with their deep roots in diverse local cultures, Unilever continues to provide a range of products to suit a wealth of consumers. By leveraging their global reach and inspiring people to take small, everyday actions, Unilever believes it can help make a big difference to the world.

“We cannot close our eyes to the challenges that the world faces. Business must make an explicit and positive contribution to addressing them. I’m convinced we can create a more equitable and sustainable world for all of us by doing so” says Unilever CEO Paul Polman.

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Van Doorne

Van Doorne is committed to supporting sustainability in the areas of policy and corporate social responsibility. Being a member of the Green Business Club, Van Doorne is actively involved in the annual collection of the Amsterdam Zuid Food Bank and pays attention to its CO2 footprint. Furthermore, Van Doorne provides consultancy services to the first Social Impact Bond of The Netherlands and also continues to support new initiatives in the field of social entrepreneurship with the purpose of inspiring and encouraging further developments in sustainability.

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