October 10, 2017 #NordicTalks – No time to waste!

Tuesday 10 October 2017
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The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The world has set a very ambitious and necessary agenda for 2030: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All 193 Member States of the United Nations have committed themselves to solving the world’s biggest challenges: ending global poverty, protecting our planet and ensuring a life of dignity for all. Fulfilling these ambitions will take an unprecedented effort by all sectors in society – and business has to play a very important role in the process. Business has to invent, develop and launch countless new ideas and solutions within a very short time. But the SDGs not only identify where we have to be in 2030 to create a sustainable world, they also outline new markets and opportunities for companies all over the world – they change the role of business.

The UN Global Compact is committed to being a leading catalyst for that transformation and in turning the Global Goals into local business. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Danish Dutch Business Club, The Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce in co-operation with the Embassies of Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway welcomed our members and their guests to #NordicTalks 2017 to focus on how the Nordic countries and their global industries apply the Global Goals in to their Sustainability Development Strategies.

On October 10 we discussed, networked, learned and shared information about how to advance the SDGs through business activities and partnerships.

Richard Westlake, Director Sustainability Continuous Improvement Akzo Nobel
Hannie Stappers, Director Public Affairs Rockwool
Charlotte Wolff-Bye, Vice President Sustainability Statoil
Robert A. Taylor, Director Sustainability UPM Raflatac
Rob Wolters,  Country Manager Ericsson Netherlands
Annelien van Meer, Managing Director Enact Netherlands

Moderator and presentation Global Development Challenges with Gapminder:
Johanna Lund Rockliffe, Enact

Thank you all for contributing to a dynamic afternoon!

Further thank you to our main sponsor Stena Line, to our collaboration partner Nothern Delight for amazing food and to Vitamin Well, Wasa and Tony’s Chocolonely for providing the snacks in the break.

Welcome to scroll down to see all of the photos from the event!

– Photos by Hanne Hansen –


Lab 111
Arie Biemondstraat 111
1054 PD Amsterdam

#Global Development Challenges with Gapminder
Are you aware of global developments? Do you really know the countries you work with and do you base your strategies on facts? During the Nordic Talks you will get an interactive introduction to Gapminder and how it can be used to challenge assumptions and update insights on a changing world. Gapminder is developed by the Gapminder Foundation, a Swedish not-for-profit organization, whose mission it is to fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview that everyone can understand. Gapminder was founded by the late Hans Rosling, also known as “the Jedi master of statistics”.

Johanna Lund Rockliffe is an experienced facilitator and consultant at Enact. She has spent eight years as a specialist in education for sustainable development, primarily working for the Swedish Council for Higher Education. Johanna is an expert in producing practical learning materials for different target groups as well as an engaging lecturer and workshop facilitator with extensive experience of organising training programmes in Swedish and international contexts.

This event was made possible with thanks to our sponsors:



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