Sustainable & inclusive entrepreneurship

Aligned with our agenda for foreign trade and development cooperation, the Netherlands strives to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth at home, in developing countries and worldwide. These efforts are aligned with international climate agreements as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations.

Creating enabling conditions and measures for inclusive growth will boost the global efforts in achieving sustainable developments in economic, social and environmental objectives. The Netherlands has extensive knowledge and experience in climate adaptation, climate change mitigation and circular economy. Combined with a strong track record in promoting corporate social responsibility and public-private cooperation, the Netherlands can significantly contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth in other countries. Areas of attention for sustainable and inclusive growth worldwide include:

  • International climate action
  • Mobilising the private sector for the SDGs
  • Digitalisation
  • An integrated approach to value chain sustainability and corporate social responsibility
  • Investing in a future-proof trade and investment system
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All sub-themes

Climate

Climate change presents itself in many ways. Rising sea levels, changing weather patterns and severe droughts affects all countries. Taking concrete climate measures today will benefit us all: increased food security, healthier cities, and business opportunities.

Water, energy and food nexus

The increasing impact of climate change and population growth on natural resources require us to address challenges related to water, food and energy in an integrated manner. This nexus is critical for sustainable development and the security of these three resources.

Circular economy

We need to change the way we produce and consume, as ecosystems and biodiversity are currently under threat. The transition to a circular economy is key to achieving the SDGs and ambitious climate targets. The Netherlands works in partnerships worldwide to exchange knowledge and accelerate the transition towards 100% circular by 2050.

Healthy living

Rising living standards and improvements in healthcare and technology mean that people are living longer. Cooperation between multiple disciplines is crucial in order to create measures and innovative solutions that enable healthy living and save people’s lives.

Smart mobility

With increasing rate of urbanisation, mobility and quality of life is becoming an urgent issue. The Dutch government works closely together with international business and research communities in developing innovative technologies to solve mobility, environmental and safety issues.

Smart cities

As the global population continues to grow, more and more people are moving to the cities. Pressure on infrastructure, services and resources is ever increasing and demand smarter urban solutions.

Data innovation

Automation today increases in all aspects of society. This means that vast amounts of data can be gathered and analysed to create new possibilities in addressing societal issues, such as energy efficiency, food production, medical services, healthcare and climate change.

Secure society

In modern society, security covers a broad range of topics. Resilient societies have the appropriate means in place to anticipate unforeseen threats in such a way that the core fabric of society remains intact and functioning.

Top sectors

The Netherlands strives to create integrated joint solutions across sectors through partnership between government, companies and research and knowledge institutions. This approach, known as ‘Triple Helix’ is proven to be successful. To maintain top level engagement in helping the world to solve global challenges, all businesses in the Netherlands are engaged in the following nine key sectors nominated by the Dutch governments.