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Season’s greetings and best wishes for the new year

Towards the end of the beautiful film HOME by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, we hear an inspiring rallying cry: We don’t have time to be pessimists.

In many cases, solutions to our most pressing problems are already in place. What is lacking is their recognition and the courage to implement them on the kind of scale that is necessary to make a difference globally.

What if there was an easier way to connect real ideas and solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges with the brains and capital needed to inspire real change?

One of our most important initiatives this year has been the scale up of our innovation community Global Opportunity Explorer together with the UN Global Compact and SUSTAINIA in collaboration with strategic partners from the business sector and academia. So far, the community contains more than 1000 sustainable solutions from cities, corporations and pioneering start-ups from all over the world.

In 2019, the Global Opportunity Explorer will house even more of the most cutting-edge sustainable innovation out there, and we will continue our mission to strengthen the community and scale the kind of solutions making our world greener and fairer.

“Inspiration unlocks the future. Technology will catch up” is a phrase created by one of my favorite directors Hayao Miyazaki in the movie “The Wind Rises”.

We don’t have time to be pessimists! Great action begins first as a thought. Inspired leaders and organizations are working smarter not harder.

I am confident that the blend of Inspiration, ideas and sustainable solutions will win going forward.

Thank you for your continued support throughout the year, I look forward to an exciting 2019!

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Bjørn K Haugland

DNV GL Chief Sustainability Officer Bjørn K. Haugland.

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