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Danish Association of Consulting Engineers

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Globally, buildings account for 30% of energy consumption and almost a third of CO2 emissions. Making construction one of the most polluting and most challenging sectors to tackle. To accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) there needs to be a universal shift in the way we design and construct buildings and infrastructure projects. The need for more roads, bridges, and buildings will continue to increase. Thus, sustainable solutions and designs need to be implemented worldwide. FRI’s (the Danish Association of Consulting Engineers) mission is to help engineer a better and more sustainable world for all to enjoy by offering consulting, planning, and project management services.

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FRI is a trade association of around 300 Danish consultancy and engineering firms with more than 100 years of experience. Providing consulting services, planning, and project management primarily on a technical-scientific basis. In addition, member firms provide services in economic as well as non-technical fields. FRI member firms employe 13,000 people in Denmark and 28,000 worldwide. The total turnover of FRI members is €2.6 worldwide.

FRI members work closely with international financial institutions (IFIs) towards the SDGs, addressing global issues in a local context. FRI aims to make a significant contribution both directly and indirectly to the achievement of all 17 SDGs.

FRI adheres to a strict ethical consulting code, works to influence government policies, prepares industry analysis and reports, and provides tools and guides for its members.


Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability NELIS

NELIS

NELIS

Sustainability Strategy Company
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The mission of the Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability (NELIS) is to connect, inspire and empower a new generation of sustainability leaders across the world.

The original idea behind NELIS was that there is an urgent need in the world for “next generation leadership,” which integrates social and environmental considerations into decision-making regardless of whether we are talking of agriculture, business, urban planning, politics, education, health or other sectors of society. Without the willingness to give sustainability considerations at least equal weighting with other priorities, it is unlikely that humanity will be able to flourish in co-existence with other species on Earth. It seems equally unlikely that an entirely new approach to leadership and decision-making will be realized top-down from within the institutions and structures of present national and/or international bodies or organizations.

NELIS argues that only by linking a new generation of sustainability practitioners across the world in a collaborative network, will humanity be able to shift towards a more humane and ecologically sound model of social and economic development. NELIS works Towards One World in Harmony.

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VIA University College

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VIA University College

Higher Education
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VIA University College, founded in 2008, is Denmark’s largest university college and third-largest higher education institution. It offers over 40 degree programmes in areas including health, teaching, design, and business, across its eight campuses in Jutland, in the west of Denmark. The university college also has 18 research centres, and are part of the Danish Resilience Lab partnership, which brings together researchers, business and education institutions to discover new ways to make Danish cities more climate resilient.

VIA University College has a strong emphasis on fostering entrepreneurship amongst its students and researchers. In fact, in 2018, it was named Denmark’s most entrepreneurial institution of higher education, by the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship. One of its many initiatives includes a start-up incubator for students, whereby aspiring innovators can receive mentorship, funding and other support from the university to help their ideas turn into reality.


Grundfos

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Grundfos

Mechanical Engineering
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Grundfos is a pump manufacturer, based in Denmark, with an annual production of more than 16 million pump units.

Through 83 companies they are directly accessible in 56 countries, and through their network of partners, distributors and subdealers, they are present in even more. The company employs around 19,280 people today. Poul Due Jensen founded the company in 1945 from his basement in Bjerringbro, Denmark. The first pump made was a water pump. Through the decades, we have sharpened our skills, and to this day, we take pride in moving water to where it should be. Using as little energy as possible when doing it.

“The UN has set 17 very ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 15 of these 17 goals relate directly or indirectly to water. I am placing particular significance on goal 6, that relates to access to clean water and sanitation for everyone. We and our technology can make a real difference to the world in this area. We are – in my clear opinion – a SDG 6 company.

Our knowledge and water technology can move the world in a positive direction. By purifying surface water for drinking. By making water available in refugee communities. And by moving water energy efficiently, so that we take care of the globe while doing so. We are making a difference because we can.”

Mads Nipper, Group President & CEO


Rosendahls

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Rosendahls

Printing
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Rosendahls is a Danish graphic and electronic communication company founded in Esbjerg in 2001. Limiting their environmental impacts is a central aspect of their business. In order to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable operations, they hold a number of certifications. First, their environmental management systems are assured under the ISO 14001 certification and the European Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). These voluntary schemes commit the company to continuously improving their environmental performance, particularly through lessening their consumption of energy, water and chemicals.

In addition, they offer their customers the option to have their products printed on either Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Nordic Swan label certified paper. FSC certification ensures that forests are not harvested at a rate that is beyond their replenishment rate, in order to avoid net deforestation. The Nordic Swan label is the Nordic environmental certification, and indicates that a product has the lowest possible environmental footprint while delivering similar quality and function as equivalent products.

Finally, Rosendahls is a certified CO2 neutral company under the Climaware scheme. They achieve carbon neutrality by measuring their greenhouse gas emissions, and purchasing offsets through schemes predominantly in developing countries.

Rosendahls actively measures and monitors the environmental impacts of their operations. Recognising that machinery is a significant source of emissions, they are exploring more efficient technology to help reduce their footprint.


Telenor Group

Telenor Group

Empowering Societies

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Connectivity is a fundamental service for human development – access to a mobile phone or internet connection can bring access to key services like education and health information, to mobile banking and weather updates. While mobile phone access is almost ubiquitous, there are still 1.09 billion people lacking access to a mobile broadband connection. Telenor Group aims to empower societies across the world not only by providing access to telecommunications, but leveraging the benefits of mobile connectivity to reduce global inequality and accelerate sustainable development.

Sigve Brekke, Telenor

Telenor Group is a leading telecommunications company across Scandinavia and Asia with 174 million customers and annual sales of around USD 13 billion (2018). The company holds #1 or #2 positions in most of their markets. Connectivity has been Telenor’s domain for more than 160 years, and their purpose is to connect their customers to what matters most. Telenor Group is strongly committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, with a central focus on SDG 10 ‘Reduced Inequalities’, due to their strong conviction of the power of connectivity to bring people closer together. Across all business units, they are committed to multiple initiatives including teaching children and young people to be more resilient online, using mobile technology to increase birth registration, connecting unbanked populations to financial services, and fortifying occupational health and safety and human rights across their extensive value chains.


Nordic Impact

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Nordic Impact - Katapult

Impact Investors
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Nordic Impact is the investment branch of EXP Group, a Norwegian private impact investment firm specialising in sustainability and social entrepreneurship. The majority of their investments are made through their Katapult platform, where they invest in a network of impact startups aiming to address social and environmental issues, particularly those using disruptive technologies and artificial intelligence.

In addition to impact investments, Nordic Impact, through Katapult, provides a number of other support programmes for impact startups. Since 2017, they have held an annual conference called Future Fest, whereby companies and investors can meet, collaborate and exchange ideas. They also run a unique training program for startups called the Katapult Accelerator, which is a three month intensive program to help innovative firms to develop and grow.

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Sparebank 1 is an alliance of 14 Norwegian financial institutions. The organisation provides management and business development services to their member banks, and facilitates inter-organisational cooperation and capability sharing. Sparebank 1 is a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, as well as a member of the Norway 203040 alliance, a business-led climate initiative. Four of Sparebank 1’s members are also members of the UN Global Compact.

Sparebank 1’s members are pioneering sustainable finance solutions. In early 2018, Sparebank 1 Boligkreditt issued the world’s largest green mortgage bond, equivalent to €1 billion, which will allocate funds mortgages for energy efficient homes. In order to incentivise safer and greener driving, Sparebank 1 has developed an app that monitors driving habits and cuts insurance costs for low-impact driving.  In addition, the group is highly transparent about their environmental impact – each year they produce a ‘Climate Scenario’ report detailing the groups emissions from electricity consumption, transport and more.

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UN Global Compact

UN Global Compact

UN Global Compact

Corporate Sustainability Initiative
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The UN Global Compact aims to mobilise a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders.

To make this happen, the UN Global Compact supports companies to:

  1. Do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; and
  2. Take strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.

The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with 13,000 participants and other stakeholders across 170 countries.

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Sustainia

Sustainia

Sustainia

Accelerating Sustainable Transformations
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At Sustainia we work with companies, cities and organisations alike to help them develop successful sustainability strategies, amplify their sustainability brand and communications efforts, and build mindset transforming digital tools.

As one of the world’s leading communicators of sustainable solutions, we have clients and collaborators from all corners of the world. From international organisations, such as the UN Global Compact, C40, and the Asian Development Bank, to cities, municipalities and companies in all sizes.

Based in Copenhagen, we are 15 professionals with combined and extensive experience in sustainability, climate change, project management, analysis, communication, user experience and graphic design – not forgetting a passion for building a sustainable world.

We're on the lookout for interns to start in February 2019

Follow the link to find out more and apply through the Hub. We do not currently have any more open positions, but are always interested to hear from high achievers with a passion in sustainability. Are you an exceptional analyst, UX designer or experienced marketer? Write to us and prove you're worth having a conversation with.

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