The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) has provided Dutch smartphone manufacturer Fairphone a guarantee for a 9-million euro ABN AMRO loan. The guarantee was signed on 21 December 2018 by Eva Gouwens (CEO Fairphone) and Tjerk Opmeer (Managing Director of International Programmes at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency)
This world’s first ethical and modular smartphone. The social enterprise strives to have a positive impact on every aspect of the smartphone’s life cycle. The objective is to motivate the industry to take steps to adopt more responsible production methods. For example by improving working conditions and eradicating child labour when mining for raw materials such as tin, gold and tungsten.The Fairphone consists of 6 components (the display, camera, battery, core, top and bottom) which are easy to replace when one of the components malfunctions or when a technological improvement comes onto the market. This way you do not need to replace the whole smartphone, they become easier to repair and the product lasts longer. It’s the sustainability story behind the Fairphone which makes the product unique.
After visiting the Consumer Electronic Show Las Vegas this January Sylwia Kechiche, Principal Analyst, GSMA Intelligence raised some conclusions:
January 4, 2019:
With the frase "The new Municipality is all of us and together we are our new Municipality" acting Mayor Jan Pieter Lokker opened the New Year's reception of the brand new Municipality of Vijfheerenlanden.
From the first of January 2019, the municipality of Vianen, Leerdam and Zederik were nog only brought together in the municipality of Vijfheerenlanden, but it will also fall under the Province of Utrecht. This means that residents of Leerdam and Zederik move from the Province of Zuid Holland.
In his speech, not only the rich history of Vijfheerenlanden is mentioned, but the Mayor express especially the new identity because the power is that there are many identities and thats its recognition is beyond dispute. The new municipality is therfore part of the diversity and asks the residents to strenghten existing identities and simultaneously work on the new story which each inhabitants can recognize himself and what is focused on the future of Vijfheerenlanden.
United Smart Cities and the Industry Association BTG have announced a far-reaching collaboration during the BTG Business Event in Noordwijk. Thanks to the now announced collaboration with BTG, Branch Association for ICT Telecommunications Great Users, the two parties can join forces in supporting cities to become smarter and more sustainable. more......