As far back as 1983, Jan Schouten, the founder of Schouten & Nelissen, felt that everyone should have equal access to opportunities to learn and grow. For this reason, he taught assertiveness courses on Dutch TV for whomever felt they needed a bit more assertiveness in their lives, free of charge. Fast-forward to 2024, and this principle is still highly valued at Schouten & Nelissen. We’d like to make a positive contribution, both to human lives and to our planet. We also hope to inspire others to make a positive change to the world.
Our CSR working groups, which are made up of passionate employees of various organisations affiliated with Schouten & Nelissen, are working on several initiatives that are in line with the three focus areas of sustainable development: People, Planet and Profit. Whether we focus on diversity and inclusiveness or on sustainable leadership, we always seek to challenge ourselves and be innovative.
We seek to help people realise their full professional potential, while at the same time focusing on their personal wellbeing. Things we are proud of:
We actively seek to preserve our planet. Among other things, we are doing the following:
Our impact is measurable and we are proud of our results:
Our CSR policy is formulated and translated into specific targets in relation to People, Planet and Profit.
We are awarded our first Ecovadis Silver Certificate.
CSR working groups are established to collect and implement ideas.
We have already made significant gains, e.g. a 20% reduction in the carbon dioxide emitted by our fleet of vehicles over the course of 5 years, as well as a 50% reduction in the number of printers. However, we continue to be ambitious.
We aim to sort 95% of our waste.
We aim to reduce the amount of paper we use by 80%.
We are taking the following steps to help achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals:
We encourage our clients all over the world to offer all their employees appropriate training or coaching courses. This allows all workers to remain productive and relevant in our rapidly changing society.
Our DE&I programme helps our own employees as well as our clients to become more aware of the importance of diversity and inclusiveness, and of the role played in all this by unconscious bias.
Our aim is to ensure that everyone working at Schouten & Nelissen benefits from this fact. This is what makes working at Schouten & Nelissen fun, and a nice challenge – employees are granted plenty of autonomy and opportunities to realise their personal ambitions and achieve goals. Moreover, our employees help other people grow during the course of their career. Our goal is to ensure that people are stronger when they leave Schouten & Nelissen than when they first arrived.
We purchase sustainable products, sort our waste and reduce our carbon dioxide emissions where possible.
At SN, we believe that everyone has the power to make a difference. Together we can create a more sustainable and more just world.