Are the SDGs good for business? The role of business in achieving the SDGs [EN, NL, 45 min]

16.00 - 16.45 | Simon Gobert, Sustainability Reporting Manager, DSM + Jaap Rieter, Senior advisor MEA Industrie


Contrary to what the media would like us to believe, companies are playing a leading role in the transition towards a sustainable society. Why is that and what role can local business and industry play in achieving the SDGs in Maastricht? How can we learn from their strategies? Join Simon Gobert (DSM) and Jaap Rieter (MEA-Industrie) to explore these questions and more.

In this joint session, Simon Gobert (DSM) and Jaap Rieter (Maastrichtse Energie Akkoorden MEA Industrie), will explore the key challenges that Maastricht is facing towards achieving the SDGs and the role that local businesses and industry can play in addressing these challenges. Presentations and discussions will be both in English and Dutch.


Jaap Rieter about MEA-Industry: " Like every other municipality in the Netherlands Maastricht has the obligation to lower the energy consumption of the city, the inhabitants and companies and to seriously lower the CO2-emmissions. Maastricht started the MEA or “Maastrichtse Energie Akkoorden” program in 2016. The objective of MEA-Industry was and is to stimulate cooperation between the municipality and the larger industrial companies and together work on helping each other to seriously lower the current energy consumption and work on building renewable energy solutions. Today, 31 companies are participating in the MEA-Industrie organization. And we are still growing ! ".

Meer over MEA-Industrie: link


DSM: " To make the world a brighter place, we need to pull together. Which is why our business strategy is based on the Social Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the United Nations - and five in particular: #2 Zero Hunger, #3 Good Health & Well-being, #7 Affordable & Clean energy, #13 Climate Action, #12 Responsible Comsumption and Production": link


Simon Gobert is Sustainability Reporting Manager at DSM, a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. His background in science, IT and supply chain management support him in communicating DSM’s non-financial performance to DSM’s stakeholders and working to continuously improve DSM’s sustainability foundation. He believes that the core strength of the SDGs is in bringing a common language, roadmap and goals to politics, business and society.




Jaap Rieter, studied MBA / Marketing in Rotterdam. He worked from 1987-2001 in FMCG / Retail at Nutricia, PepsiCo and Vendex Food Group. As of 2002 he worked in Utilities: 2002-2009 at Essent: Mkt & sales & BU-director B2B; from 2009-2015 for Delta: Divisional Director Energy & MultiMedia. Starting in 2015, Jaap became an independent interim-manager with projects at Ziggo/UPC, Bouwfonds, several municipalities in Brabant. In 2019 he joined Trifaire (consultancy firm specialized in Utilities, Telecom and Mobility) and he is currently working for Maastricht as Senior Advisor MEA-Industry.

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