Everybody has needs and wants. Some people want very basic things, like shelter, food and at least some sense of physical security. Other people are looking to maximise their careers, travel around the world and want to find personal fulfilment. What all these people have in common is that they want better lives. And, in a globalised world, these people are all connected.
I imagine a world in which social responsibility is not something exceptional but where it is the norm and not limited by geographic, ethnic, religious or other borders. Where individuals take care of their communities; companies understand and optimise their social and environmental impact; governments put their citizens’ welfare above political and personal gain; and where global solidarity is taken seriously and development aid is provided and received in an effective and efficient manner. In other words, I imagine a sustainable world. I believe that this is possible.
I aim to facilitate these processes at all levels by making good use of my particular set of knowledge, skills and experiences.
- On an INDIVIDUAL level I commit to doing as much as I can to positively affect the lives of those around me.
- On a MICRO LEVEL I help companies understand and improve their social and environmental impact and, by re-examining their business model and thinking out of the box, find ways to maximise their economic, environmental and social bottom lines at the same time.
- On a MACRO LEVEL I work with governments, and those that advise and influence them, to improve their social policies, particularly those affecting poor women and children, to overcome technical and political obstacles and ensure equitable progress.
- On a GLOBAL LEVEL I work with NGOs and international organisations to inform and facilitate global processes that render providing and receiving development aid more effective and efficient.