Queen Máxima receives DSGC publication featuring FrieslandCampina

2 December 2014

The Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), of which FrieslandCampina is a proud member, has published ‘Sustainable Innovation. Game changing solutions to the world’s grand challenges’ on 2 December 2014.

Her Majesty Queen Maxima attended the launch and officially received the publication. Among the speakers were Hans de Boer (president of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers), Feike Sijbesma (CEO, DSM) and Ton Büchner (CEO, Akzo Nobel). Over 150 decision makers from different sectors participated in the event, which was organized by EY (previously Ernst & Young). Frank van Ooijen, Director Sustainability Affairs and Communication, was there to represent FrieslandCampina.

In 2015, the world will seek to realize a global climate agreement and agree upon new UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through sustainable innovation, companies have both a responsibility and a unique opportunity to act. The new DSGC publication shares sixteen case studies that show how sustainable innovation can work in practice.

FrieslandCampina is featured in two of the publication’s case studies. One covers the use of wood oil (pyrolysis oil) instead of gas in the production process of the plant in Borculo. The other covers the ‘Dairy Village Programme’ in Indonesia, where FrieslandCampina supports small farmers through a collaboration agreement with the Indonesian government to increase local fresh milk production. ‘As a dairy cooperative with nearly 20,000 member dairy farmers, we work to assure our long-term continuity. We want to guarantee the continuity of our organisation and hope to make our earnings model resilient to future challenges of sustainability. That is why FrieslandCampina invests in the use of sustainable energy’, says Cees ’t Hart, CEO of FrieslandCampina.

Her Majesty Queen Maxima receives the publication

The DSGC unites the multinational companies Unilever, DSM, AkzoNobel, FrieslandCampina, Philips, Shell, KLM and Heineken. Their shared belief is that financial and economic growth is connected to environmental and social progress. Sustainability has become a driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth while at the same time creating social and environmental value. The DSGC develops, shares and stimulates knowledge about sustainable growth business models both in The Netherlands and abroad. The DSGC, which is chaired by former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende (Partner, EY) is facilitated by EY (previously Ernst & Young) and is supported by the Netherlands Confederation of Employers and Industry (VNO-NCW).