Maria van der Heijden

CEO, CSR Netherlands

Maria is the driving force of MVO Nederland  (CSR Netherlands), Europe’s largest sustainable business network. With over 2500 companies and 60 colleagues, she works passionately on sustainable innovations, improving existing value chains and lobbies for ambitious CSR policies supporting a sustainable economy.

Maria has over 30 years of experience in various sectors of Dutch and international businesses. As a responsible CEO, she is experienced and skilled in stakeholder management, governance, revenue models, social entrepreneurship, and marketing.

Maria thinks and acts in the interests of people, planet, and profit, she is a pragmatic leader and a real connector, linking businesses, organisations and politics.

Maria is also co-founder of Women on Wings, a social enterprise that aims to co-create 1 million jobs for women in rural India. In 11 years - 240,300 women have an income and provide their 700,000+ children with better education and nutrition.

In addition, Maria is a Supervisory Board Member of Cono Kaasmakers and Rabobank West-Brabant Noord.


Thursday 11th October

Plenary 2 - Safer pharma: Partnerships for cleaner water, healthier products, and innovative solutions

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