Debate SDGs

Municipality of Haarlem pays much attention to our latest book


On May 12, various guests, including former minister Joris Voorhoeve, mayor Jos Wienen, entrepreneur Maurits Groen, and chairperson SDG Netherlands Maresa Oosterman, discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These SDGs are the 17 goals set by the United Nations (UN) to achieve a more just world. SDG Netherlands is conducting a campaign to have these goals included in the new coalition agreement. In addition, the Association of Dutch Municipalities, VNG, is campaigning to encourage municipalities to pursue these goals.

Six guests discussed whether these SDGs should be a guideline for a new governmental agreement. But also how the municipality of Haarlem should support these goals. Many Dutch municipalities preceded Haarlem in this.

The goal that the UN have in mind is a sustainable world in 2030. A world that is resilient to shocks (such as a pandemic) and where no one is left behind. The SDGs are a concrete compass for this.

On the panel are:
Maresa Oosterman, Director SDG Netherlands
Joris Voorhoeve, former minister and author Figthing Poverty and Violence
Maurits Groen, entrepreneur from Haarlem and founder of the WakaWaka Foundation
Jos Wienen, Mayor of Haarlem
Claudia de Laaf, Global Goal campaign team VNG I
Gwen Jansen, Chairman Utrecht4globalgoals
Moderator: Liesbet Hanekroot

Want to watch the debate? Watch it here.

Watch the livestream of the book launch at the SDGcafé here



How to improve labour conditions in Indonesian palm oil plantations 2018

During one of their current programs, CNV Internationaal supports the trade unions in the palm oil sector. They support these trade unions to raise awareness among palm oil companies on the improvement of the implementation labour rights and to motivate other companies to follow best practices.

Palm oil is used a lot in all kind of products we use daily: pizza, peanut butter, shampoo, make-up, cookies, chocolate, and many more products.

Still, there are many problems concerning working conditions in the palm oil sector:

– Workers are forced to work unpaid overtime in order to reach unrealistic production targets

– These high targets have motivated workers to bring their wives and children to work, thus giving rise to child labour

– Other rights violations found in the field include union busting, no employment contracts, inadequate equipment provisions and inadequate medical services

Several companies now cooperate with CNV Internationaal and improve the labour conditions for workers in the palm oil sector, among which is Wilmar, world’s largest palm oil company. In January of this year Janneke Bosman, the Advisor of our Board, together with CNV Internationaal travelled to Indonesia to produce a movie which shows what this cooperation looks like.

We are happy to announce that the movie is finalised and that you can now see the results in the attached video.