Participating Companies 2020

Participating Companies 2020

Organisations from all over the world acknowledge the importance of the Challenge as an integral tool to educate their young professionals on leadership, sustainability, and impact.

As a Participating Company, you enter a high-quality development programme, set up in a unique format. You get access to ideas, new partners, innovative thinking and an entryway to a global leadership network among businesses, scientific institutions and governments. We provide future leaders with the knowledge, tools and confidence to implement positive change, with tangible impact and real added value.

The China Navigation Company has grown to become one of the leading shipping companies in the world. They are committed to the long term goal of minimising negative environmental impact.

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Wholly owned by John Swire & Sons Limited, the company is the deep sea shipping arm and the oldest operating entity of the Swire group, operating 165 vessels in more than 90 countries. CNCo believes in protecting and enhancing the environment where they trade. As a result, they are a founding member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and an industry leader on sustainable ship recycling.

They have recently set internal targets to phase out the carriage of thermal coal, as part of their Moana-Taka initiative offer pro-bono shipping of waste products for recycling from the Pacific Islands, and have partnered with Endangered Species International in the Philippines to help preserve habitats of critically endangered Philippine forest turtles.

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Cireco Finland Oy is a new kind of developer and builder for the circular economy. Their services revolve around construction, consultation and project management.

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They produce cost-efficient civil engineering services for their clients, and longstanding partnerships are at the heart of their high-quality project management. Their all-inclusive service pays very close attention to the environmental impact and how to measure it.

Cireco wants to include the principles of the circular economy in more regional development projects, for example through more efficient allocation of resources, purity and non-toxicity of construction products, as well as reuse and longevity through design.

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The ENGIE group is a global energy and services group, committed to providing low-carbon power renewable energy.

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The ENGIE group is a global energy and services group, focused on three core activities: low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy; global networks and customer solutions.

Driven by their ambition to contribute to harmonious progress, they take up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy for all, or mobility, and offer their residential customers, businesses and communities energy production solutions and services that reconcile individual and collective interests.

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Ferrero is amongst the market leaders of the confectionery sector and the fourth worldwide Group in the chocolate confectionery market.

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Ferrero was founded in 1946 in Alba, a small town in the north of Italy. Nowadays, the family business evolved into a multinational company and is among the market leaders in the food industry. With a turnover of 10.7 billion Euro in 2018, the Ferrero Group has grown into one of the largest chocolate producers and confectioners in the world.

At Ferrero, sustainability is part of their identity. Corporate social responsibility always stood as a priority. Their corporate social responsibility strategy “sharing values to create value” affects many different stages of their supply chain, from caring for their people to their strong commitment to sustainable farming practices.

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Gasunie is a leading European energy infrastructure company whose core activities are gas transport and gas storage.

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Gasunie manages and maintains the infrastructure for large-scale transport and storage of gas in the Netherlands and the northern part of Germany. Safety, reliability, sustainability and cost-effectiveness are central in everything we do. The company was founded in 1963, four years after the discovery of natural gas in the northern Dutch province of Groningen.

They are a public limited company under Dutch law and fully owned by the State of the Netherlands. Gasunie has two subsidiaries that manage the gas transport network: Gasunie Deutschland in Germany, and Gasunie Transport Services (GTS) in the Netherlands.They believe in a sustainable future with a balanced energy mix and a lasting role for diversified gas.

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The Municipal Executive Committee and the City Council jointly govern the city of Rotterdam and make up the City Government.

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The City Council is the legislative body (sets out general policy and passes bills). The City Executive is the executive body (submits bills, implements policy and makes day-to-day decisions).

The Municipality of Rotterdam has already implemented the sustainability program Closer to the People of Rotterdam (2015 – 2018), with energy transition being the main point of focus, aiming at three core ambitions – a green, healthy, future-proof city, with cleaner energy at lower costs, and a strong, innovative economy. The efforts of the Municipality are continuous, striving towards cleaner air, less energy costs, better recycling and ultimately, the well-being of its residents.

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Gruppo Mondadori is one of Europe’s top publishing companies with more than 100 years of history.

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They are committed to becoming more sustainable in the areas of printing and publishing. Gruppo Mondadori constantly set new goals to reduce their environmental impact and contribute to society.

Since its inception, in 1907, the Mondadori Group has striven to be a sustainable media company through reconciling traditional values and innovation. They have been providing readers with numerous opportunities for growth, entertainment and enrichment, supporting the sustainable development of communities, all while developing the company into an inclusive and diverse business. Their combined love for culture, quality publishing, and laws of the market make them into an agent of change within society.

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From a single brewery 150 years ago, Heineken has grown into the number one brewer in Europe and the most international brewer in the world.

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From a single brewery in Amsterdam 150 years ago, Heineken has grown into the number one brewer in Europe and the most international brewer in the world. Their brand has become a staple for bars, restaurants, and stores globally. Beyond beer, Heineken also sets out to make a positive impact in the markets they operate and has incorporated sustainability into their business strategy.

Their sustainable development strategy, Brewing a Better World, looks at improving each of their activities, from sourcing, producing, marketing and selling their products, all the way to how they are consumed, and how they can reuse and recycle waste. For example, one of their sustainability focus areas is reducing CO₂ emissions across the value chain, so their target is to grow their renewable energy usage to 70% by 2030.

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The Ministry is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment.

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The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management 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 Water Management 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 healthcare and technological innovation.

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Sustainability is at the core of Philip’s vision. For instance, their ‘Healthy people, sustainable planet’ programme focuses on access to care, circular economy, and climate action. This reflects their devotion to a better future. Furthermore, their ambitious goal of improving the lives of three billion people by the year 2030 demonstrates their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
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Pon is one of the largest family-owned businesses in the Netherlands, and is involved in mobility products, services, and solutions globally.

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Pon is one of the largest family-owned businesses in the Netherlands and a leading global company with over 14,000 employees in 31 countries. They operate with over 80 companies in four different business clusters: Automotive, Bike, Equipment & Power Systems and Industrial Mobility.

Pon considers how their actions impact People, Society and the Environment, in everything they do. As a global player, Pon has remained true to its family roots. As a family business, they understand the value of longstanding relationships, with their customers, as well as with their employees and business partners. Together with their brands, Pon sponsors individual sports talent, teams and associations as well as community initiatives.

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

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Since 2000, they have worked with commercial and development financiers, impact investors, multinational enterprises, network operators, and government agencies. They see it as their mission to make business work for society. They do so by 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.

 

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Van Wijhe Verf is an independent, Dutch paint producer. Their passion for making sustainable quality paint has passed from generation to generation.

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Van Wijhe Verf is an independent, Dutch paint producer. As a family business with more than 100 years of history, their passion for making sustainable quality paint has been passed on from generation to generation.

According to them, contemporary sustainability means to come up with solutions that can contribute to a better balance between people, the environment and profit. There is always room for improvement; in the composition of the paint, in the production method, in packaging or the selection process for the right paint or color.

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