Five years ago, after months of deliberation we decided to buy a new family car in China. We took in consideration the amount of friends and family we wanted to transport, the safety of the car, and for the size of the car (a 7- seater) the emission and fuel efficiency. It turned out that the … More Volkswagen and business ethics (CSR is not enough)
my preferred way in meeting clients or getting to university is to take the train, but sometimes I can take my bike for a short (30 minutes) ride to get to an event I am interested in. Luckily enough,the headquarters of the Dutch association of multinational companies (VNO-NCW) is situated near to where I live, … More The role of long term contracts in your climate & CSR strategy- three issues to ponder on
My Moroccan- Dutch kick-box instructor asked me what I did for a living, and when I told him I worked in business ethics, he immediately told me he could do with some advice as well. He has an interesting background in his career: as a kick-box champion in Europe, he set up a series of … More What triggers you to make a difference? Culture change and business ethics
One of the joys of living in Europe instead of China is having most of the webinars and online meetings on decent times, instead of having to wake up at 3.30 am to engage in a technical conversation on climate change in the united nations working group (UNEP-FI Carbon portfolio). This week is the final … More Climate performance and ESG risk aversion- two birds, one stone?
The Following is an excerpt from the PhD Proposal for the ‘Future of Business Ethics’ PhD Project that I am part of and will start with 6 others, Beginning Jan 2015. ( China (and India, Indonesia) are bringing are rising as an economic powerhouse in the business world of today. With the rise of the … More What’s My PhD Research all about: CSR, Chemicals, Asia and the West, Data..
A Great Chemistry- first start on research on CSR and Chemical Industry in China I wrote an artcile for the German Chamber of Commerce on what makes a Chemical Company a successful one in China, and highlighted the CSR structures and strategies in those Companies. Its on page 18 of the Magazine Ticker of the … More A Great Chemistry- first start on research on CSR and Chemical Industry in China
What is it like, to have your second permanent repatriation imminent on your doorstep? Well, for a start, this is the 17th time I am moving from one city to another in my short life. I feel like I am in the familiar zone in thinking and handling, its not a comfort zone, but very … More Here, there and everywhere- Maaike Eline moving around the Globe (again)
I finished the draft article on CSR and the Chemical Industry in China for the German Chamber of Commerce, in the meantime here is a link to business opportunities (free reports to download!) in West China. I thought it would be fitting to send this link, as I was finishing my article this week, I … More Convincing CSR starts with business Success and opportunity
Q: “When would you trust your Chinese Employee not to think corrupt anymore, after three years?” A: “More like ten years” said the Manager. I was interviewing a Western Manager of a Multinational in China this week, about the Sustainability and CSR issues that were of importance for that company nowadays. We were talking about … More The rise of the insensitive standards to fight corruption.
In an multiparty democracy coalitions are often necessary to form a new government. In Holland its quite common for political parties on national level to start negotiations 24 hours after the elections, and it can take more than a hundred days before the parties agree on what to do and how to rule in the … More The Changing Role Of CSR Coalitions