Can a huge, global company selling furniture and decoration make a shift towards corporate social responsibility? How can we incorporate social engagement in our mission and vision? And how does one really green the university, not only by sorting waste and saving energy, but truly incorporate CSR in the DNA of each professor, student, accountant and cleaner? Three experts will share their experiences with CSR. Listen, ask and learn!
Vincent Hody works for IKEA DS (Distribution Services) in Genk as an Environmental Coordinator and Sustainability Developer. His professional interests concerns how people, companies, politics and society are dealing with environmental issues and trying to live a more sustainable life.
At IKEA, he supports a sustainable business and works on Corporate Social Responsibility by executing the Charity-policy and working on local social projects. He focuses on waste management, renewable energy and energy-efficiency and follows up all environmental legislation. He is also responsible for the worldwide Code of conduct IWAY regarding our suppliers focusing on environmental, health and safety issues, and social conditions.
In 2016 he received the first award for ‘Most distinguished Environmental Coordinator’ in Flanders.
David Van der Ha graduated in 2007 as environmental bio-engineer, after which he conducted academic research in the context of greenhouse gas emissions. In recent years, he shifted his focus to sustainability in operational management. In 2015, he started as sustainability coordinator at Ghent University. One of his main tasks is the coordination of the Green Office, in which students and staff join forces to increase the sustainability of the University in all its segments by means of a participative model.
Marieke Genard is founder and director of the cooperative “Werk met Zin”. This means in Flemish both: ‘enjoy working’ as ‘making sense of work’. All 25 coaches are self-employed and co-owners of the organization. This means we do work on a democratic basis where the staff is engaged in the decision making.
Marieke studied Eastern European languages. Via international youth work her career evolved towards working with refugees towards employment themes. Since 2004 she has been working as a career coach. The founding Werk met Zin is based on sustainable values, which we implement in our daily work and which we spread in our advice to companies and organizations.