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ISO20400 and the Changing Role of the Buyer

The strategic role and impact of buyers within organisation is about to undergo some pretty fundamental change. This coming spring a new ISO 20400 norm for sustainable procurement will be launched, building on the ISO26000 norm for Social Responsibility. This new ISO norm will help buyers to create shared value through their operational activities and actively … Continue reading

Sustainable Procurement & Goal Setting – Multiple Value Creation

This article was originally published on http://www.urban-goods.net By the end of this year, 2016, purchasers will be able to start working with the new ISO20400 norm for sustainable procurement. This norm describes in quite some detail which elements an organization needs to address in order to credibly implement sustainable purchasing. What does this mean for … Continue reading

Building Trust in Business

The key role of Sustainability Manager In a transparent, globalized world, the challenge for business is to meet shifting expectations of the general public, suppliers and customers regarding societal outcomes and value creation. The sustainability manager plays a key role in building trust and involvement of suppliers and customers by engaging them on the basis … Continue reading

Bouwen aan Vertrouwen in het Bedrijfsleven

De kernrol voor de Sustainability Manager De uitdaging voor ondernemingen is om in een transparante geglobaliseerde wereld invulling te geven aan verschuivende verwachtingspatronen van het grote publiek, toeleveranciers en klanten ten aanzien van uitkomsten en waardecreatie. De sustainability manager speelt een centrale rol bij het bouwen aan vertrouwen en betrokkenheid van leveranciers en klanten, door … Continue reading

Feature: Mapping the Role of Energy in Community Health & Resilience

Feature: Mapping the Role of Energy in Community Health & Resilience design2sustain was invited to work with ShiftN on creating a grant assessment framework for the JPB Foundation. The JPB Foundation’s Environment Program focuses on ‘enabling healthy and resilient communities by enriching and supporting the environment’. The project itself consists of developing a grant assessment … Continue reading

Sustainability: Generation Y taking over

The reason why companies need to invest in their own sustainable development, for risk of loosing it’s (next) customer base…

(Bio) Diversity as key driver in adaptive capacity of Urban Landscapes

Shared Value Creation through Integrated Systems Design. Exploring the case of the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Manhattan. Introduction With last year’s record high temperatures and droughts in the USA the general public seems to catch on to the fact that climate change is upon us[1]. Coupled with the recent superstorm Sandy and hurricane Irene (2011) the … Continue reading

Why Production could return to where it started, near the End-User

In a liberalized, networked and westernized society we have witnessed an increasing trend of concentration of manufacturing and assembly facilities in pursuit of global economies of scale. In particular this has been a move of manufacturing towards China. In the near future some factors have the potential to reverse this trend, dispersing these production facilities, … Continue reading

Feature: GreenStartup LAB – workshop

Friday march 23rd I met with an interesting group of people at the Herengracht location of designthinkers to participate in the Green Startup LAB workshop, funded by Green Metropole. Simone Veldema and Tim Schuurman (of designthinkers) led a workshop on sustainable service design. With diverse backgrounds in food, bicycles, wedding planning, social sustainability, ict, product design, … Continue reading

Micro Plastics as Ingredient in Cosmetics Products – Towards Effective Solutions

Writing my second entry on disposable plastics has been somewhat of a challenge. The deeper I dig the more complex the topic appears. I decided to take a different angle on the whole topic by understanding how plastics have crept into my own everyday life. I was ‘gobsmacked’, I believe the English would say. In … Continue reading

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