8 Decent work and economic growth

Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth

Sustainable Development Goal 8 focuses on economic growth, which, incidentally, is only sustainable if capital, labour and raw materials are used responsibly and if profits and incomes are distributed fairly between citizens and businesses. At NHL Stenden we are highly committed to decent work and likewise teach our students to take a responsible view of this issue.  

Within the Vital Regions, we, at NHL Stenden UAS, actively work on making processes more sustainable through education and research. The Green Economics & Process Optimisation professorship, for example, conducts research into how we can realise as well as embed this more effectively. Our students, as well as our lecturer/researchers, contribute to resolving sustainability issues through minors or as trainees and graduates at companies. 

Sustainability and the Vital Economy 

We offer various minors that touch on the circular economy and on future-proof entrepreneurship. In addition, within our Vital Economy research group, Matthias Olthaar, professor of Green Economics & Process Optimisation, is actively involved in several areas in research into and creating awareness about the need to make business more sustainable. As a professor of Purposeful Entrepreneurship, Aleid Brouwer works on developing knowledge, among other things, about circular entrepreneurship, sustainable employment and strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems. 

‘I think it’s good that we’re working together and are willing to face uncomfortable truths. This also means we have chance to look at the opportunities the future can bring – without being naive’ – Matthias Olthaar, professor of Green Logistics. 


circular economy

Minor Circular Start up

Starting a business that helps create a circular economy where you are challenged to create sustainable and recyclable products.
CfE studenten

Minor Social Entrepreneurship

Learning how entrepreneurship can be used to improve and empower disadvantaged communities.
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Professorship Purposeful Entrepreneurship

The professorship works to develop knowledge about circular entrepreneurship, sustainable employment and strengthening entrepeneurial ecosystems, among other things.
Lectoraat Green Logistics doet onderzoek naar circulaire bedrijfsmodel

Professorship Green Economics & Process Optimization

The world and economy are changing rapidly, and it is essential for companies to move with these changes to remain competitive.

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1

No poverty

A major social problem that we would like to eliminate.

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geen armoede
Goal 2

Zero hunger

Focuses on sustainable and friendly food production and less waste.

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geen honger
Goal 3

Good health and well-being

Tackles smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption to ensure healthy lives.

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goede gezondheid welzijn
Goal 4

Quality education

Our main goal: to provide knowledge and skills for all.

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kwaliteits onderwijs
Goal 5

Gender equality

An equal position in governance and business is key here.

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gender gelijkheid
Goal 6

Clean water and sanitation

We focus on water quality and efficient water use in the Netherlands.

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schoon drinkwater sanitair
Goal 7

Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

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betaalbare duurzame energie
Goal 9

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Sustainability and innovation of mobility and infrastructure.

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industrie innovatie infrastructuur
Goal 10

Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

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ongelijkheid verminderen
Goal 11

Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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duurzame gemeenschappen
Goal 12

Responsible consumption and production

More efficient use of resources and sustainable production and consumption.

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verantwoorde consumptie productie
Goal 13

Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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Goal 14

Life below water

Focuses on clean and livable seas and oceans. Plastic does not belong there.

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leven in het water
Goal 15

Life on land

Focuses on resolving conflicting concerns while respecting nature.

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leven op het land
Goal 16

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Focuses on peace and security, because insecurity has a lot of impact.

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vrede justitie
Goal 17

Partnerships for the goals

Deals with partnerships needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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