Together, we are facing a complex task: achieving a sustainable society. As a company or institution, you can no longer ignore it: your activities have an impact on people, the environment and society. The transition to sustainability means that, as an organisation, you must take responsibility for this.
Organisations that lead the way in this respect adopt the so-called ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) values and act accordingly. But how can you put this into practice? How do you deal with the rapidly changing wishes and demands of consumers, society and legislators? Do you have the right knowledge and skills? And how do you take the first steps in the transformation that is required to achieve this? This is a challenge for many organisations. This is why Nyenrode Business University and KPMG have set up the ESG Innovation Institute. The Institute combines Nyenrode's educational expertise and academic research in the field of ESG with KPMG's specialist ESG knowledge and practical experience. A cast-iron combination to accelerate the route to sustainability in a well-considered and professional manner and to make a real impact towards building a sustainable society.
KPMG and Nyenrode have set up the ESG Innovation Institute to help organisations make the transition to sustainability. Organisations can create added value in their business operations by balancing financial and economic results, transparency, social interests and the environment. We aim to make the latest ESG knowledge, skills and ecosystem accessible to executives who want to accelerate the route to sustainability in a professional and informed way. In addition to its educational offering, the ESG Innovation Institute also includes an academic ESG chair at Nyenrode, from which research, scientific publications and opinion and debate take place. By building and harnessing a community within the ESG Innovation Institute, we want to start a movement among business leaders – to inspire them and facilitate innovative, sustainable and responsible leadership.
The initiators of the ESG Innovation Institute are Jessica Peters-Hondelink, Nyenrode Business University and Esther van Zeggeren, KPMG.
The ESG Innovation Institute offers a number of programs to deliberately and professionally accelerate the route to sustainability. These are continuously supplemented with the most current themes in the market.
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KPMG and Nyenrode are also jointly setting up an ESG chair as well as developing a study program, research, scientific publications, and organizing network and other meetings. The idea is to start a movement among managers and other professionals by inspiring them and facilitating innovative sustainable leadership. This way, they will soon have at their disposal the latest knowledge and skills needed to make companies future-proof on their way to a sustainable economy. This will require a great deal of innovation and collaboration in ecosystems.
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