A regular Friday at the office

It’s been a bit quiet here lately, while I was trying to recover from a bad cold and just in general trying to keep up with a lot of different work things that are going on. Today was one of those days were some of those things come together.

Generally, I spend most of a week at my assignment for the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines. The past week has been a bit strange, as I’m starting to prepare for handing over my tasks to my successor. She is with us a few weeks right now, which is great as there’s a lot that I want to share before I finalize my work at the end of the year. But, that doesn’t mean the work is done: communicating effectively about the OECD Guidelines and what it means to (Dutch) businesses is of course continuous work. By the end of this year I will have put a lot of new things in place to do this, but my co-workers will need to continue with those things.

But at the same time I’m working on a few new projects. Friday is a day usually reserved for those other things. Today is a good example.

I spent much of the day in Utrecht. The first meeting of the day focused on responsible business practices in Myanmar, with a fellow independent consultant. It’s a topic that I’ve been meaning to explore following the CSR Asia Summit back in September. Since then, I’ve been curious about what Dutch organisations, government and companies are doing to ensure that business operations by Dutch companies are established while taking into account risks on social and environmental issues. So energizing to talk to someone who also wants to do more with this – so I’m confident that we’ll be able to collaborate on this topic in some way.

Following this, I continued on to a next meeting: to discuss a project of producing short corporate films for (Dutch) companies active in China to showcase the reality of how these companies do business – focusing on their CSR activities. This cooperation with CHFC has been in the making for a few months now, and we’re currently talking to different people to get this started. Excited to be working on this, which I hope will be a way for companies to show customers through a more effective medium in what way they work on responsible business practices.

My Friday finished back in The Hague, with my weekly hour of studying Chinese: working with my teacher on pronunciation, building sentences, figuring out new characters (and yes, my knowledge of Japanese helps SO much) and generally trying to make sense of this language.

Looking forward to another Friday (or Wednesday, which are often similar to this!)

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