Dialogue Natural CapitalPicture versnellen

Ministry of Economic Affairs

When it comes to ‘natural capital’, better investment strategies and innovative revenue models are essential for leveraging the business case for sustainable business practices. What is needed is a combination of shared goals, more and clearer information, and the resulting societal awareness.

These are the conclusions, in a nutshell, of the dialogue that was held in late 2015 between the Dutch central government and a number of different societal sectors. The aim of the dialogue was to gain insights into the next steps for the government and these societal sectors as they work together in the area of natural capital. All parties approached this topic from the shared belief that innovative partnerships are essential for ensuring the resilience of natural capital. You can find the full paper below.



  • SMEs and agriculture-based organisations: Foreco, Huiberts Bloembollen, KAVB, Oogenlust, Metta standaard, Natuurmonumenten, VHG hoveniers in het groen, Vlinderstichting
  • Large businesses and supply chains: ASML, BAM, CREM, Desso, DSM, Eneco, Groningen Seaports, Heijmans, Heineken, Interface, IUCN NL, MVO Nederland, NS, Philips, Platform BEE, Schiphol, True Price, VNO-NCW
  • Accountants: BDO, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, NBA, PwC, Raad voor de Jaarverslaggeving
  • Finance: ABN AMRO, Achmea, ASN Bank, Commonland, De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar, Groenfonds, IUCN NL, J. Safra Sarasin Bank, NLII, Rabobank, RVO.nl, SNS Bank, Triodos Bank, Triodos Foundation, VBDO
  • Local governments: CBS, De 12 Landschappen, City of Haarlem, NEVI, PBL, PIANOo, Province of Noord-Brabant, Province of Noord-Holland, Province of Zuid-Holland, RIVM, VNG, Water board Noorderzijlvest, RWS, WUR
  • Dutch central government: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment


To identify the next steps for ‘Natural Capital’, by

  • Organising 5 workshops with leading parties and participants of running programs
  • Formulating prior actions
  • Specifying the role and actions of parties and cooperation

Role and activities

Organising dialogue | co-facilitating 5 workshops and 3 sub sessions | processing results | writing a memorandum