RSM STAR Sustainability Forum 2021

RSM STAR Sustainability Forum 2021

RSM STAR Sustainability Forum, Thursday April 8 2021

How have sustainability efforts been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? Have there been opportunities for change? And what can we learn from these unusual times? The COVID-19 pandemic has affected multiple sectors and facets of society over the past year, and on the 8th of April, we delved deeper into whether this shift in dynamic could prove to be a catalyst for fundamental change, or whether it has rather inhibited sustainability efforts. 

This year’s edition of the RSM STAR Sustainability Forum, with the theme of “Sustainability in Times of Change”, took place online and was partly broadcasted from the Polak studio. The aim of the Forum was to provide a platform for critical dialogue regarding current efforts towards change, and the necessary steps needed to prioritise sustainability in the future. The event started with inspiring speeches from key-note speakers on topics relating to sustainability and the pandemic, followed by a challenging panel discussion with professionals from KPN, FrieslandCampina, Shell, NS, and Philips. Besides, the RSM-KPMG Sustainability Master Thesis Award was awarded to Florian Frenken for his research on reducing carbon footprint and costs of returns in the online retail industry. Runner up was Maurits Pluimakers with his thesis on reducing the carbon footprint in the shipping industry. Workshops followed in the afternoon, during which smaller groups of students will work with representatives from FMO, Nexio Projects, Impact Institute, Diversion, Spaak, and O My Bag to solve issues on sustainability. To wrap things up, an online networking session took place to allow students and the companies attending the workshops to interact more informally.

We hope to see you at the event next year!