We don’t want to be preachy or boring but this blog is where we share our values and experiences and write about the issues shaping the future of our businesses and our society. Catch a glimpse into our lives and find out what’s new in our world...

Monday, 25 March 2013

Five Cafés to Work From in Brussels

Karsmakers' cosy interior
There are many great cafés in Brussels, but the main criteria for this post is that they must have free Wi-Fi and be comfortable enough to work in.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Five Ways to Save Water at Home

Source:  www.unwater.org
This year's UN World Water Day is part of the International Year of Water Cooperation.  Based on the concept that water cooperation builds peace through socioeconomic development and environmental sustainability, this year's reflection focuses on the economic benefits created by preserving water resources.  Some of these problems seem distant and almost abstract to many of us.  But water is a finite resource and its use can deeply affect your local community. 

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Going Beyond Recycling Towards a Zero Waste Future

Source: The Guardian
Try to picture three big trucks full of garbage and you will have a rough idea of the amount of solid waste produced by every man, woman and child every year.  It is estimated that in Europe alone, we produce 3 billion tons of waste each year and almost 90 million tons of this is hazardous to the environment.  These numbers go beyond logic.  It is clear that we need to tame the monster we have created.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Five Good Reasons to Cycle to Work

Reiner cycling on a very snowy Brussels road
Spring is just around the corner, so there are fewer excuses to delay your good intentions.  Instead of spending lots of money on going to the gym, why not cycle to work?  Here are five good reasons for taking your bike out of storage and getting fit!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Gap Between Environmental Awareness and Environmental Behaviour

Source: http://ec.europa.eu
Almost all Belgians (97%) agree that it’s important to protect the environment, according to a survey published in November 2012 by Test-Achats/Test-Aankoop, the Belgian association for consumer protection.  But does this also mean that they act on it?

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

What is Sustainable HR?

Source: http://www.kauri.be
At a recent Kauri event, the Belgian CSR organisation brought together representatives from the HR industry with companies to discuss how to approach human resources (HR) in a more sustainable way.  So what is sustainable HR and why do we need it?

Monday, 4 March 2013

Media Relations from the Commission Frontlines

Source: Sustainability Consult
At the 12th Sustainability Communications Lunch today, we were joined by Joseph Hennon, Spokesman for European Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik.  Joe gave us some insights into the life of an official Commission spokesman.  Like most media professionals, his job is part handling incoming questions from the media and part pitching stories to the media, particularly linked to key policy areas like resource efficiency, green growth, waste, clean air and water.