The Dutch Province of Gelderland will host this year’s Global Leaders Network Conference in Arnhem on September 25th and 26th. The aim of this conference is to convene with global leaders on sustainable regional development and tourism. In addition the Province of Gelderland will be co-organising Global Green Destinations Day on September 27th in European Green Capital 2018 Nijmegen.

Gelderland is the largest province of the Netherlands, located in the central eastern part of the country. Its long history makes it a destination where one can experience the Roman time and the wealth of the international Hansa union of cities in the 14th century. During the World War II the province’s capital, Arnhem, was severely damaged. The Battle of Arnhem in 1944 is the story of UK and Polish paratroopers who fought to get control of the Rhine-bridge. This operation was called Operation Market Garden. Market for the Airborne-element and Garden to represent the Ground-forces. The movie A Bridge Too Far is about this battle. At the end of the war a large part of the centre of city was found destroyed.

Gelderland’s vast natural reserves, forests, rivers and many old castles and palaces make it a ‘green’ destination. Gelderland is also ‘green’ in that its innovative economy specialises in circularity and sustainable production of food and energy. Sustainability is a core value in the provincial policy. The province strives to accommodate growing numbers of tourists through well planned sustainable development. Tourism routes protect our natural reserves and serve enjoyment of a wide range of leisure options. The province aims to spread tourists visits throughout Gelderland. Interesting storylines and themes are more and more at the core of spreading tourism in the Netherlands as a whole.

Nijmegen, European Green Capital of 2018, is the oldest Dutch city with the greenest vibes. Nijmegen’s history dates back over 2,000 years ago. A strategic view from the hills over the imposing Rhine and Waal Valleys struck the Romans in the 1st Century as an ideal location for a military camp.

Nijmegen is known as an open, green and socially inclusive city. A city with Burgundian allure, sometimes with student-like unruliness. For its scale, Nijmegen has diverse cultural offerings, theatre, museums, film and pop stages. The city is proud to host this year’s Global Green Destinations Day. The lively city centre and carefully planned sustainable transport options, along with 1450 hectares of parks, contribute to the green status of the city.

ANVR is the branch organizations for ‘entrepreneurs in travel’. ANVR engages with new technologies, trends and responsible tourism (‘Better holidays’) every day to make the travel sector future-proof together with its members. In addition, the ANVR focuses among others on Image & Lobby, Consumer Affairs & Social Policy, Aviation, etc.

In order to be able to visit beautiful destinations in the future and to experience fantastic experiences, ANVR travel entrepreneurs also do their bit by taking their responsibility. ANVR supports them by facilitating collaborations and knowledge sharing, and by inspiring and motivating travel entrepreneurs to get started with Better holidays. Travel entrepreneurs help create better places at the destination for people who live there and for travelers who visit them. And that is only possible if we work together to reduce the negative consequences of traveling and increasing the positive. That is why all ANVR travel entrepreneurs take practical measures, taking into account the environment, people, nature and culture, so that we can continue to enjoy nice and clean destinations – now and in the future.

CSR Netherlands believes in the power of companies to contribute to a sustainable and fair world. Companies play a key role in achieving resilient and happy people (people), a rich nature (planet) and a healthy economy (profit). But companies cannot do that alone. Governments, knowledge institutions, NGOs and trade unions are also crucial for realizing a change to a new economy.

Working on the new economy means looking at the impact that companies have on society. That is why we do not focus on one issue or on a specific solution. The power is in the connection. We do have focus areas that give us direction. We are strongly committed to a climate-neutral and circular economy. Plus we are working on an economy that is inclusive, where every talent counts and nobody is exploited. Internationally we aim for impactful trade relations between companies in the Netherlands and in developing countries.

Business network CSR Netherlands has grown over the past few years into a large network of over 2300 sustainable companies, small and large and in all sorts of sectors. With our partners we form the largest corporate network in the area of CSR in Europe.

Networks and coalitions A large part of our work takes place in groups, networks and coalitions of partners. Our vision is that, by working together, entrepreneurs can take larger steps in the area of sustainability and innovation. CSR Netherlands therefore facilitates all kinds of networks and coalitions of companies that have a shared challenge in the area of CSR. We guide these groups, we set the bar as high as possible and we provide substantive expertise. Our large network makes it possible to bring parties together efficiently and purposefully.

CSR Network Tourism This is how CSR Netherlands also facilitates the CSR Network Tourism. Within this network, organizations work together to make CSR self-evident within the sector. The CSR Tourism Network facilitates the sector in the creation and implementation of innovative projects that make the participating organizations and the sector more sustainable. The acquired knowledge and experiences are widely shared within the sector in order to inspire others.

Since 2011, travel specialists in the Netherlands have joined forces in the VvKR. In 2018, the interest group has about 350 members. These experiential experts stand for a personal approach and are focused on small-scale tourism. All trips are carried out with small groups or on an individual basis and the organization is done with respect for local culture, traditions and working methods.

Especially on small scale and the respect for the destinations is the sustainability of VvKR members visible. Because of their conscious choices in the size of the trips, they manage to keep their footprint on the spot small. Due to the close cooperation with local partners, respect is very important and it is easy to work on local development. Since 2018, the VvKR has developed a working group that develops sustainability policy and provides practical guidelines to members to be able to take steps towards further sustainability in their entire chain.

With the ‘Creating Better Places Together’ event we want to contribute to more knowledge about the development of more sustainable destinations and to inspire sustainable cooperation in this area.

For more information:
Province of Gelderland
City of Nijmegen
MVO Nederland / CSR Netherlands