RSM corporate magazine explores food sustainability and security

Food sustainability and security isn’t a local issue; it’s a global one. The summer 2018 issue of RSM Outlook – the magazine for alumni and corporate friends of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) – brings readers an exploration of these challenges, and how research and business skills among the RSM community contribute to sustainable agriculture, fighting hunger, and innovation in food production and distribution.

In one of the main features, Prof. Rob van Tulder of RSM’s Partnerships Resource Centre outlines the societal challenges faced in ensuring food sustainability and security for all in the face of climate change and continued population growth.

Big picture solutions

Long-term solutions are required to ensure food sustainability becomes a reality. RSM alumna Meiny Prins (Priva and Sustainable Urban Delta) and RSM Executive Fellow Willem Ferwerda (Commonland Group) talk about the big picture solutions they are driving forward.

Another feature reveals insights from organisations involved in food industries that have made a strong commitments to food security and sustainability. Comments come from RSM alumni and corporate partners including Caroline Sikking, Sustainability Manager, Cargill; Volkert Engelsman, CEO, EOSTA; Conny Braams, Executive VP Unilever Benelux; and Feike Sijbesma, CEO DSM.

Positive culture

And alumnus Bart Cornelissen is senior finance manager with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In RSM Outlook he talks about his career journey since graduating from RSM and his work with the world-famous foundation.

RSM alumna Marcella Bremer, author of Developing a positive culture where people and performance thrive, and Dirk van Dierendonck, professor of human resource management at RSM, discuss about what it takes to encourage a culture of positivity in the workplace and why a sense of organisational and individual purpose is integral to success.

Entrepreneurial journeys

Readers can also discover the entrepreneurial journeys of inspiring RSM alumni who are on a quest to create a positive culture, impact and networks worldwide. RSM alumnus Derek Roos founded Mendix, a ground-breaking company that is on a mission to ‘solve the biggest challenge in digital innovation: to empower IT and business teams to collaborate like never before, while experiencing unmatched speed and control.’

RSM Outlook also profiles the entrepreneurial activities of FlinderFly founder Emma Verhagen (BScIBA 2011 and MSc Business Information Management 2012), and the founders of Airpaq.

Alumni worldwide

Sue Martin, RSM’s new director of corporate and alumni relations, outlines her future plans for RSM’s global alumni community.

Over the years RSM Local Chapters have been established globally. Here RSM Outlook highlights the successes of Local Chapters in Spain and Germany, and reports on recent Local Chapter activities in London.

A round-up of alumni-related developments, networking opportunities, insights and a whole lot more.

RSM Outlook also presents all the good things happening at RSM: mentoring, STAR’s 40th anniversary, and the I WILL Award winners. See the full magazine.

RSM Outlook

RSM Outlook is RSM’s corporate magazine, which was launched in 2005 to enhance communication between the school and its alumni, corporate relations and business professionals all over the world. RSM Outlook features news, enterprising alumni, the movers and shakers in the network, lifelong learning opportunities, forthcoming events, and academic and executive interviews.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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