• Favourite desk gadget: smartphone
  • Takes inspiration from: people
  • Three words to describe her: idealistic, energetic, committed

Jobien is our sustainability manager. Besides patrolling the office to check how much paper we’ve used during the day, she plays a key role in our sustainability strategy. After completing MSc degrees in biology and sustainable development at the University of Utrecht, she worked for over eight years in the Dutch paper industry and obtained her PhD in energy improvement potential at different levels of the paper chain.

Embedding sustainability in the food industry isn’t just her job, it’s her passion. Her knowledge about sustainable production, her interest in what nature creates and determination to make a difference make her a true role model and most importantly, mean she loves her job (as well as Asian food and Indian pale ale).

Jobien’s passion helped us to develop our sustainability program, which underpins the entire business across three core areas of agriculture, operations, and people. It’s also thanks to her (and our) hard work that we achieved the EcoVadis gold ranking and are in a position to commit to 100% sustainable sourcing by 2030.

She works to embed sustainability in every department and every process. On the one hand, it means working on the long-term strategy of the company and on the other, it involves achieving immediate improvements through short-term projects. One day she could be working with our agronomists or training our farmers, the next she might be focusing on an energy-saving project in one of our factories. In short, Jobien is the true leader of our sustainability journey here at SVZ.

Do you want to know more about our sustainability efforts? Send her an e-mail to info@svz.com

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