People on a mission

Changemakers are tenacious about the greater good. They are committed to something bigger than themselves and believe progress is always possible. The collection of stories below shine light on the people whose mission is to build a future proof world through collaboration and with innovative ideas.

Meet the changemakers

Jan Kempers: one green bottle at a time

HEINEKEN has just announced that 100% of its beer sold in the Netherlands has been brewed using green energy. Here, Jan Kempers, Program Manager Sustainable Development at HEINEKEN Netherlands Supply, explains how the world’s most international brewer is decarbonising its supply chain.

Rafał Brzoska: a changemaker delivers

Logistics operator InPost has revolutionised the Polish parcel delivery market with its automated parcel lockers. Now, CEO and founder Rafał Brzoska is planning rapid expansion in European markets as sustainability tops the agenda and Covid-19 increases demand for automated logistics.

Bart-Willem ten Cate: why we need biofuels on the road to 2030 climate targets

Bart-Willem ten Cate, Low-Carbon Strategist at FinCo Fuel Group BV, has been advocating for sustainability measures in transport for almost two decades. He believes “sustainability is becoming a licence to operate”, and tells us why low-carbon fuels have to be part of the energy transition – and how young people are key to success.

Kaitlin Crouch: the right person in the right place at the right time

Kaitlin Crouch is Climate Lead at ING and the lead editor of ING’s Terra report, which was launched in 2019 followed by a second report in October 2020. Her work is about establishing what the Paris Agreement means for individual companies and how financial institutions can support them and help them to cut through the noise.

Jan Klerken: ahead of his time: a changemaker on a mission to clean up food

Jan Klerken, founder of Scelta Mushrooms, may have retired after close to 50 years in the business, but he says he won’t rest until the food industry is “100% clean”. Here, he explains how he turned the company around in pursuit of sustainability, and we hear how mushrooms are the unlikely stars of the circular economy.

Badar Khan: energy company National Grid is determined to be part of the solution on climate issues

As the outlook on global climate change grows more dire by the year, there is growing public demand for corporations to become part of the solution. A 2019 study found that 59% of consumers expected any company they did business with to take action on climate issues — up from 39% just a year earlier.

Hervé Balusson: algae is the sustainable food additive of the future

The rest of the world may have been slow to catch on, but seaweed and other algae have been dietary staples in China and Japan for centuries. These days, it's found in everything from sushi to cooking oil to cosmetics. And if Hervé Balusson has his way, it could be the key to saving the planet.