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Crisis? What crisis? - Sustainable business opportunities in the recession

The current economic crisis has fueled a resurgence of interest in an old and familiar concept: responsibility. Civil society is demanding a new commitment to responsibility - a commitment that manifests itself in products and services that are transparent and create social value; in foresighted, value-oriented management that recognizes risks and preserves jobs; and in prudent stewardship of the billions being spent on bailouts by taxpayers.

Small and medium-sized companies are using the concept of CSR to find new ways of doing business in these times of economic downturn. The crisis has produced or reinforced a series of diverse trends related to sustainable business, such as cradle to cradle design, resource efficiency, non-consumption, local production, swapping and urban farming.

At our first CSR Meetup of 2013 we will talk about sustainable business opportunities in times of crisis. Our guest speaker will be Willem Lageweg, the passionate director of MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands). MVO Nederland is the national knowledge center and network organization for CSR. It is the starting point for many companies in the Netherlands when it comes to social responsibility. Willem’s aim is to make CSR a matter of course for all entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. The partner network of MVO Nederland includes more than 2,000 companies and organizations. Every month about new 50 partners join the network. MVO Nederland provides its partners with knowledge and inspiration on all topics and issues in the field of CSR.

Willem will provide us with some inspiring examples of small and medium-sized companies that did not get bogged down and have used the new economic status quo to further sustainable business. After Willem’s presentation we will have a conversation about sustainable business opportunities in times of crisis. We will finish the CSR Meetup at around 9:15 pm with drinks at the Hub’s bar.

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  • Fatema

    The speaker was not well prepared.

    March 12, 2013

  • Paul T.

    As I’m a CSR beginner, parts of this rather shambolic presentation (apparently based on the wrong slide-show!) were interesting, but the speaker didn’t really address the published subject of the session, which was what triggered me to come out on this very cold night.

    January 26, 2013

  • beatriz

    Presentation was OK. The best of this meetup was to boost some good conversations with interesting people.

    January 25, 2013

  • Tias van M.

    Presentation touched upon a lot of different aspects of CSR, but missed in my opinion a little in-depth perspective e.g. would have liked to hear a bit more about 1 or 2 projects of MVO Nederland. However, the presentation gave us good materials for a discussion afterwards.

    January 24, 2013

  • Gerard G.

    Speaker was not prepared and I did not hear anything on the link between the current crisis and sustainability, Lageweg was to positive. In Davos now Sustainability is not on the agenda, trending topics are 'People power' 'Social good' and 'Business'

    January 24, 2013

  • Juliette G.

    Really nice to meet you and otherwise people interested in CSR. Maybe an other interesting subject would be the Co-construction between

    January 23, 2013

    • Juliette G.

      Sorry... Between big companies and associations or social businesses in order to face the current crisis. I am looking for the next round!

      January 23, 2013

  • Simon D.

    I'm new to CSR, so I found it very informative. I heard some of the other 'complain' that the presentation was too general. They would have liked to have a bit more depth. For me it was just right. Thanks!

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    the presentation opened up a lot of discussions to come, and I am looking forward to them. Thank you for organising this!

    January 23, 2013

  • Michael

    sounds great wish I could be there, Bart is doing a great job!

    January 17, 2013

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