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DSGC publication 2013:

Leadership and Corporate Governance for Sustainable Growth Business Models

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This Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC) publication is about the role of corporate governance in the integration of sustainable growth business models.

Jan Peter Balkenende, the DSGC’s Chair and partner at EY: “If sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship – corporate responsibility – is not properly integrated into the corporate governance structure, there is no continuity. A dedicated CEO can, as an individual, explore the corporate responsibilities and opportunities related to themes such as climate change, resource scarcity, health or human rights. But corporate responsibility only becomes serious business once it is truly integrated into the way in which companies are governed on a daily basis, and when it receives broad internal support. Which concrete roles do non-executive directors, executive board members and employees play in this respect. This publication answers precisely that question.”

The publication presents a model identifying eight dimensions of corporate governance – each of which is illustrated with concrete, practical examples. “If we want companies to become part of the solution to today’s most pressing social and environmental challenges at a larger scale, it is crucial that knowledge is shared. Through this publication we share the experiences of DSGC companies with the (international) business community. Facilitating this coalition naturally fits EY’s vision: ‘Building a better working world.’ On a day-to-day basis, we work with clients on this integration through our extensive, interdisciplinary and global knowledge in this area”, says Balkenende.

Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition
The coalition brings together eight Dutch multinational companies: Unilever, DSM, AkzoNobel, FrieslandCampina, Philips, Shell, KLM and HEINEKEN. It is their shared belief that financial and economic growth is directly related to social and environmental return. The Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, chaired by Jan Peter Balkenende, is facilitated by EY and supported by the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers.

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 DSGC - Leadership and Corporate Governance for Sustainable Growth Business Models