“Doing Good and Doing Business” in The Hague

How the city enables event planners and organisations to combine societal commitment with economic success.
11th Oct, 2019

The Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, two major peace conferences initiated by the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, have consolidated the city’s reputation as International City of Peace and Justice.

This historic past has shaped The Hague and the values it represents today. With the peace palace as its beating heart, thousands of people work from within the city to contribute to a better, safer and more just world. Hundreds of international organisations reside here, contributing to The Hague’s far-reaching influence and prestige. One of these organisations is the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.  

A hub for international expertise and knowledge

The Hague is a popular destination for top-level international conferences and events. The city is a frontrunner in a range of industries, including Peace and Justice, Legal and Finance, Cyber Security, IT and Tech as well as Energy and Renewables. Through utilising its profound knowledge infrastructure and international expertise, event organisers can maximise every events legacy and impact.

Not just event organisers increasingly recognise The Hague as a destination that caters to their needs. More and more start-ups and NGOs find their way into the city and use its DNA to make their own contribution to a more just and peaceful world. Many of the firms that settle here have constructed a business model that focusses on finding innovative solutions to global challenges.

An ideal environment for impact entrepreneurs

Conform to the ethos “Doing Good and Doing Business”, the municipality of The Hague has focussed on creating an environment that helps innovative organisations fulfil their ambitions. The municipality does so by providing easy access to valuable networks, capital, talent and national as well as international markets.

A partnership that complements The Hague’s ethos, is the collaboration between The Hague’s ImpactCity and the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). EVPA has committed to creating positive impact by means of Venture Philanthropy – the use of capital to support social, ecological and societal endeavours. This year EVPA’s annual conference and theImpactFest, Europe’s largest impact meet up, are organised simultaneously on 5-7 November. ImpactFest gathers more than 1000 attendants from all over world to demonstrate that societal engagement and a contribution to the greater good can and should go hand in hand with economic success. ImpactFest’s themes evolve around the Sustainable Development Goals as defined by the United Nations.

„Doing Good and Doing Business“ – Fam Trip

You’d like to learn more about combining societal commitment and economic success? Sign up for our Doing Good and Doing Business Fam Trip, get to know The Hague and meet EVPA on-site.  


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