Feike Sijbesma, (former) CEO of chemical giant DSM (2007-2020), is a world-renowned leader in corporate social responsibility. During his time as CEO, he drastically transformed the company to make it the most sustainable in its sector.
This lecture is part of TU/e Green Week.
According to Sijbesma, helping society should be a central part of business, not an add-on. To achieve this, he advocates for long-term capitalism with sustainability at its core. But how are we going to do that? What role should businesses play, and where can you as an individual contribute?
Feike Sijbesma, molecular biologist, has received worldwide praise for his work on sustainability and social responsibility. The UN named him Humanitarian of the Year for his fight against malnutrition, Forbes listed him as one of the top 50 best leaders in the world, and Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant elected him most influential person in the Netherlands.
From March to September 2020, Sijbesma served as special envoy of the Dutch cabinet in the fight against COVID-19. Presently, he holds several board positions (e.g., Philips and Unilever) and focuses on climate (adaptation) and malnutrition issues in Africa.
Green Week is all about sustainability and what you can do yourself to reduce climate disruption. Sustainability is everywhere. But rather than talking about CO2 and airplane taxes, it’s time to take action and do something yourself. Hence, this week will be bursting with activities that focus on smart individual solutions, on what you can do locally, and on how to find the green hero within yourself!
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