During the second edition of Sustainable Thursday, 175 business partners and employees gathered to hear three passionate speakers share their knowledge and inspiration. The speakers discussed sustainability and certainly got everyone thinking by presenting those present with an ‘inconvenient truth’. "Together we’re part of the problem, so together we’re also part of the solution. We can make a difference. It’s up to us, so let's act!"
Marieke Kessels, Sustainability Coordinator: "We believe that every company should strive for a greener world. At Royal Lemkes, we therefore work hard to ensure that our operations, our products and our premises are becoming more and more sustainable. By organising Sustainable Thursday each year, we inspire our external business contacts and colleagues and encourage them to make greener choices both privately and professionally."
"Dare to dream, get to work"
RTL weatherman Reinier van den Berg presented an introduction to tackling climate change. Harmen Spek from the Plastic Soup Foundation took the guests on a journey into the effects of microplastics on our health and the environment. And Ruud Koornstra, the first National Energy Commissioner of the Netherlands, outlined the challenge ahead: "we share a responsibility and the sector is improving, but that in itself won’t create innovation. In effect, leadership and change must come from us and we have to take the initiative, hold on to our dreams and never give up!"
“With both feet on the ground, we’ll never take a step forward”
The afternoon also included an information market where Koppert Biological Systems and Koeckebackers introduced themselves. Organic fries and drinks were served during the event’s social get-together, where there were ample opportunities to network and discuss sustainability themes further.
An inconvenient truth
Royal Lemkes believes in the power of plants. Plants create a better life and stronger businesses. They also contribute to a healthier, greener world. But plants also present us with an 'inconvenient truth'. During production, a lot of CO2 is emitted and pesticides are used. Moreover, the plants are grown in plastic pots, packaged in plastic covers and trays and transported on containers wrapped in plastic.
“As an industry, we are increasingly aware of this 'inconvenient truth' and wonderful initiatives have been launched in various areas. But we still have a long way to go. We require leadership and collaboration, so we can leave a beautiful Mother Earth behind for our children and grandchildren.” Michiel de Haan, Managing Director.