Welcome to the first episode of The New Insiders. In each episode, you will get inspired by an in-depth, 30-minute talk between a global leader and a local ecosystem hero covering the most pressing topics of today and tomorrow. The talk is followed by breakout sessions to dive deeper into these relevant topics with peers in the industry.

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Peter Lacy

Chief Responsibility Officer and Global Sustainability Services Lead - Accenture

Jan Peter Balkenende

Chairman - Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition | Former Dutch Prime Minister

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In this first episode about Responsible Business - How to lead through change, tune in to Accenture's Chief Responsibility Officer Peter Lacy and Jan Peter Balkenende, chairman of the Dutch Sustainability Growth Council (DSGC) and former prime minister of the Netherlands. They discuss how transforming into a purpose-driven company is becoming a normal thing to do. An essential thing to do even. For companies and governments across the globe, change is also the most dynamic, powerful source of progress. The challenge lies in how to embrace purposeful change and find the path that leads to 360° value.

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To make this more real and practical, Peter touches upon how Accenture has made that change and is continuously adapting to changing needs and goals. From a business and a societal perspective. Jan Peter shares how Dutch multinationals, combined in the DSGC, take on different purpose-related transformations. 

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E1 - Responsible Business - How to lead through change, with Jan Peter Balkenende and Peter Lacy

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Breakout sessions

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Following the opening talk, you can watch the two workshops we organized as part of this The New Insiders episode.

Philips discusses its award-winning engagement approach with its suppliers, enabling a progressive development of its sustainability capabilities. Since its launch, Philips made a significant impact, Philips' Marco van Baren and Dylan McNeill explained. Last year, almost 300,000 employees at suppliers felt the effects of improved labor conditions, reduced risk of serious injury at the workplace, and a lower negative environmental impact of the suppliers was achieved. Find out what the best practices are for managing sustainability in a complex supply chain.

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E1 - Workshop | Sustainability Accelerator for Complex Supply Chains by Philips

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Global Compact Network Netherlands dove deeper into the imperative journey to a fully responsible business. As we look to recover better from COVID-19, we face a choice: Go back to the world we knew or deal decisively with the issues that make us all unnecessarily vulnerable to future crises. Companies around the world have a unique window of opportunity to develop post-pandemic business strategies that fully integrate the SDGs and help to build more inclusive and sustainable societies.

Take this opportunity to deepen the integration of the SDGs and Ten Principles into your company’s business strategy, operations, and stakeholder engagement with the SDG Ambition accelerator. And learn how Unilever integrates these steps into its strategy. With Linda van Beek and Linde Reus from Global Compact Network Netherlands, Unilever's Thor Tummers, Fredric Petit (runner-up 2020 SDG Pioneer), and Accenture's Denise Teeuwisse. 

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E1- Workshop | SDG Accelerator by Global Compact Network Netherlands, Unilever and Accenture

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