Creating positive impacts on the people and the planet, with Simon Schillebeeckx, Handprint

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Simon Schillebeeckx talks about Handprint and the positive impacts businesses can generate on the environment to restore it, beyond sustainability.
S02E14 Simon Schillebeeckx, Handprint

When you think about regeneration, you have to think about think global, and act global.

Simon Schillebeeckx, Professor Planet to some, is an entrepreneur and academic, constantly looking for the best ways to match sustainability theory with practice – in this case, the impact that business can have on the environment and the means to restore it. His initial work with Mangrove Trust aimed to improve the transparency of climate financing and to develop tools to monitor reforestation projects. Now, Handprint, a Singapore-Bangkok-based company, aims to facilitate corporate projects to protect and restore nature and support people across the Sustainable Development Goals.

In this inspiring conversation, Simon shares his experiences of how sustainability and climate change mitigation are perceived in other cultural contexts and how to stimulate commitment and positive action. He also talks about the necessity to engage at the local level while thinking globally and the dangers of adopting a tunnel vision, which would only look at one parameter (e.g. CO2 emissions).

Dr. Simon J.D. Schillebeeckx is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Handprint, a Regeneration-as-a-Service platform that helps companies grow with the planet by integrating and automating regeneration into their daily business processes. Simon also co-founded the Global Mangrove Trust, a non-profit working on large-scale mangrove restoration and conservation. Simon is also Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business of the Singapore Management University. Before his move to Singapore in 2015, Simon obtained a PhD in Management from Imperial College London, he worked in sustainable innovation consulting and read Corporate Social Responsibility at Nottingham University and Commercial Engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

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