DSGC presents ‘Leadership and Corporate Governance for Sustainable Growth Business Models’


Today, the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC) presented its second publication at a special event at EY in Amsterdam.

We can only achieve our sustainability goals if we interact with our stakeholders. Working together with the different partners in the value chain is key to make it successful. We need to remain open-minded for new insights and innovation to continue setting the standards in the aviation industry.
Camiel Eurlings, Chairman and CEO of KLM

Paul Polman (CEO, Unilever), Feike Sijbesma (CEO, DSM), Camiel Eurlings (CEO, KLM), Bernard Wientjes (President of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers), Trude Maas (non-executive director) and Jan Peter Balkenende (Partner, EY) shared their experiences with an audience of leaders from the private and public sector. For this special occasion, Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs) submitted a video message. Various multi-stakeholder organisations and the academic world were also well-represented.

Integrating and upscaling
Jan Peter Balkenende, the DSGC’s Chair and partner at EY: “If sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship – corporate responsibility – is not properly integrated into the corporate governance structure, there is no continuity. A dedicated CEO can, as an individual, explore the corporate responsibilities and opportunities related to themes such as climate change, resource scarcity, health or human rights. But corporate responsibility only becomes serious business once it is truly integrated into the way in which companies are governed on a daily basis, and when it receives broad internal support. Which concrete roles do non-executive directors, executive board members and employees play in this respect. This publication answers precisely that question.” The publication presents a model identifying eight dimensions of corporate governance – each of which is illustrated with concrete, practical examples. “If we want companies to become part of the solution to today’s most pressing social and environmental challenges at a larger scale, it is crucial that knowledge is shared. Through this publication we share the experiences of DSGC companies with the (international) business community. Facilitating this coalition naturally fits EY’s vision: ‘Building a better working world.’ On a day-to-day basis, we work with clients on this integration through our extensive, interdisciplinary and global knowledge in this area”, says Balkenende.

The event was more than a source of inspiration; practical tips were also exchanged. For example: how can non-executive directors use their influence to integrate sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship into the core business of the organisations they supervise? How does integrated reporting work in practice? How can stakeholders be involved in taking policy decision? What incentives can be deployed to ensure a company culture with a long-term focus? How can the ‘tone at the top’ of senior management and ‘bottom up’ creativity in the workplace be mutually reinforcing? These questions are just a few of the range of subjects the publication touches upon. The publication can be downloaded free of charge via

Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition The coalition brings together eight Dutch multinational companies: Unilever, DSM, AkzoNobel, FrieslandCampina, Philips, Shell, KLM and HEINEKEN. It is their shared belief that financial and economic growth is directly related to social and environmental return. The Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, chaired by Jan Peter Balkenende, is facilitated by EY and supported by the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers.


Over KLM
De Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij is in 1919 opgericht en de oudste, nog onder haar oorspronkelijke naam opererende, luchtvaartmaatschappij ter wereld. In 2004 fuseerden Air France en KLM tot AIR FRANCE KLM. Zo ontstond een sterke Europese luchtvaartgroep, gebaseerd op twee krachtige merken en hubs, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol en Parijs Charles de Gaulle. Met behoud van eigen identiteit richt de groep zich op 3 kernactiviteiten: vervoer van passagiers, vracht en vliegtuigonderhoud.

In Nederland vormt KLM de kern van de KLM Groep waar ook KLM cityhopper en deel van uitmaken. KLM bedient al haar bestemmingen met een moderne vloot en is met ruim 33.000 medewerkers wereldwijd actief. Een speler die voorop staat in de luchtvaartindustrie, met een betrouwbare operatie, die met bezieling en op een duurzame manier innoveert in klantgerichte producten.

KLM is lid van SkyTeam, de luchtvaartalliantie die een wereldwijd netwerk aanbiedt aan al haar klanten. Het netwerk van KLM verbindt alle belangrijke economische regio’s in de wereld met Nederland en is daarmee een stimulans voor de economie.

Over SkyTeam
SkyTeam is een wereldwijde luchtvaartalliantie die de klanten van de aangesloten luchtvaartmaatschappijen een uitgebreid wereldwijd netwerk biedt met meer bestemmingen, meer frequenties en meer verbindingen. Passagiers kunnen bij alle SkyTeam Member airlines frequent flyer Miles sparen en besteden. De SkyTeam Member airlines bieden hun klanten meer dan 490 lounges wereldwijd. facebook klm twitter klm blog.klm skyteam-facebook   skyteam-youtube

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