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E-waste compensation - a way forward in circularity

Business and consumers buy almost three billion mobile phones, tablets and laptops across the world, every year. However, the rapid development of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is also making it one of the fastest-growing waste streams. As demand for sustainable acquisition grows, the technology industry is under pressure to address their sustainable purchasing policies. E-waste compensation could set the standard in the electronics industry in the future.   Dutch company Closing the Loop already offers a ‘circular service’ to businesses enabling them to buy their devices in waste-free manner. The service has now been adopted in a new certification programme called TCO Certified Edge which links the purchase of every new device directly to the recycling of an end-of-life device. This type of e-waste compensation is recognised as a way forward in circularity.

Global Pride 2020 launches 24-hour online podium to celebrate diversity

Achieving gender equality is one of the global goals defined by the United Nations, together with empowering all women and girls. Everyone is entitled to equal treatment, opportunities and the right to live in safety. But even today, the LGBTI community still needs to fight for their rights in some parts of the world. For 50 years the Pride movement has advanced LGBTI rights, but this year COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of Pride marches around the world. This spurred the launch of the first online Global Pride event.

Think, move and pay it Forwards

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Reversing desertification through innovation

An estimated 2 million people live in areas susceptible to desertification. Desertification is largely a man-made problem caused by urbanisation, overfarming, deforestation and climate change. Reforestation is the most natural way to halt the process and replenish depleted soil. Trees also absorb CO2, thus slowing down climate change. Together with its partners, the Dutch Land Life Company is on a mission to reforest the world’s 2 billion hectares of degraded land.

Smart software speeds up COVID-19 triage

Speed is vital when triaging COVID-19, as quick detection saves lives. When the WHO declared the SARS COV-2 outbreak a pandemic in early March, Delft Imaging Systems realised their CAD4TB technology used to detect tuberculosis could easily be adapted to triage COVID-19. By the end of the month, they had adapted their artificial intelligence software to be able to detect COVID-19 abnormalities in the lungs.  

First Dutch digital trade mission kicks off in Silicon Valley

Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, will kick off the first Dutch digital trade mission in Silicon Valley. This way, Dutch and American experts can continue to share knowledge and explore opportunities to innovate together in addressing societal challenges, in spite of the corona crisis.

Combatting corona with soap and water

Few products are more essential in the race to stop the coronavirus than soap. Today, with no vaccine against or cure for COVID-19, it forms the first line of defence in the battle against the spread of the virus.   While they are considered the most basic hygiene products, soap and water are still not always readily available in some parts of the world. In 2010, Anglo-Dutch company Unilever joined forces with governments and NGOs to launch its Sustainable Living Campaign in developing and emerging countries. As part of that campaign, Unilever’s Lifebuoy soap brand set itself the ambitious aim of getting 1 billion people to improve their hand-washing habits by 2020.