5 breakout sessions
During the workshop from True Price, Floor van Elzen, Michel Scholte and Andrea Rusman shared their methodology for measuring the true price of products, including the hidden costs of production such as unpaid environmental and social costs. They furthermore showed how to measure a living wage for producers in developing countries, as important aspect of calculating the true price of a product.
Social Entrepreneurship Initiative
Erik Stam and Niels Bosma from the University of Utrecht presented the ambition to build and develop a research platform that develops and disseminate new knowledge jointly with other key actors involved in ecosystems for social entrepreneurship. A start was made to form new collaborations and ideas that are needed to realize change that will result in a just, sustainable and inclusive society. The session was facilitated by Kim Kiszelnik who acts as the engagement manager for this research platform.
Liesbeth Kamphuis and Emilie Ottenvanger from ABN AMRO Impact Banking elaborated on the challenges of their innovative financing solutions in the agri commodities value chain. Their impact banking program offers smaller (individual) loans to groups of local farmers, impact on people and the environment is leading financial returns follow.
Sjoerd Kamerbeek from Van Doorne Lawyers delivered an excellent in-depth workshop on mission drift in publicly listed companies, how can you stay on track with a sustainable strategy? As an example Sjoerd elaborated on a recent case he was involved in and on which he could share some valuable insights.
Social Impact Factory
The Social Impact Factory (SIF) in Utrecht ran a lively workshop on how to create a business plan for societal change. After Marit Schouten, a Social Impact Connector at SIF, shared the process, the audience divided up into groups and tried the model for themselves. It was a fun activity and led to creative ideas for societal change and interesting group discussions.
The Egyptian Plover
The closing panel of the day brought together two multinational companies and a corporate advisor. In a lively discussion, Philips’ Global Head of Government and Public Affairs, Jan-Willem Scheijgrond, DSM-Niaga’s Director of Strategic Growth, Lukas Hoex, and Steward Redqueen co-founder, Wouter Scheepens, exchanged views about the role and responsibilities of multinationals in promoting societal change. Philips’ Community Life Centres and DSM-Niaga’s circular carpets, are great examples of the collaboration between large international companies and their partners – be it small social or environmental entrepreneurs, or (non-) governmental agencies. With a reference to the Egyptian Plover bird, Scheepens made clear that both need each other in order to flourish. It seems like a great metaphor for mutually beneficial collaboration between different entities – as long as the crocodile does not get lazy or tired ...