Conference Natural Capital | Let's Talk Business!

12 October 2016

Platform BEE, an initiative of IUCN NL, Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, is pleased to invite you to the international crowd-conference Natural Capital | Let’s talk business! on 23 and 24 November 2016 at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Products and services provided by nature are the cornerstone of our economy. Over the past 60 years, however, 60% of the world’s ecosystems have been degraded. This means we all need to start doing business within the boundaries of our planet.

Today, a sustainable business delivers not just monetary returns, but value in a broader sense. And the good news is: more and more frontrunners show how a commercial enterprise can make a profit and contribute to a better planet at the same time. 

Conference programme

On Wednesday night the founding partners of Platform BEE, IUCN Netherlands and the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW), reflect on the results of their collaboration and the way forward. Speakers include Coenraad Krijger (Executive Director of IUCN NL), Cees Oudshoorn (Secretary-General of VNO-NCW) and Maarten Camps (Secretary-General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs).

The second conference day focuses on examples of businesses and initiatives working in Natural Capital. The programme will start with speeches by Sarah Cornell (Coordinator of the Planetary Boundaries research laboratory at Stockholm Resilience Center), Chad Holliday (Chairman at Shell), Heleen Herbert (Chief Commercial Officer at Heijmans), Mark Gough (Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition) and Wout Dekker (Chairman of Rabobank Supervisory Board).

The morning programme is followed by several break-out sessions in the afternoon. 

The conference concludes with an evening programme, including a conference dinner and dinner speeches by Paul Hohnen (Sustainability Consultant) and Jan Peter Balkenende (former Prime Minister of the Netherlands).


Ready to further embrace business that makes your success sustainable and your sustainability a success? Please register here for the conference Natural Capital | Let’s talk business!

*Update* Thanks to extra funding and our sponsors, we can now offer the entry tickets to the conference for free. Be quick because gone = gone.


Exhibition and Sponsorship

Partner the frontrunners and meet visitors as exhibitor. As an exhibitor you will be visible everywhere: on the website, in the catalogue and at the conference itself. For more information, please visit the website.

This conference is organized by Platform Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Economy (BEE). Platform BEE is founded by the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands and is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of The Netherlands. English will be the conference working language for all sessions.

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