We operate as a virtual laboratory of ideas, inclubating initiatives that contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.
Together with the United Nations, leading international organizations and countries set an ambitious target for 2030 - to work jointly on Sustainable Development Goals and improve life on planet Earth. We fully support this intention. Through instilling sustainability mindset and adding the long-term positive impact to the decisions at the level of company, city and country executives, we can change the way things are done to a more holistic, conscious and safe way that will define the future of our planet.
What we earn by providing our services, we use it to fund nonprofit initiatives.
Think Tank AlterContacts
We act as a virtual laboratory of ideas that develops practices for sustainable solutions, helping communities to become more resourceful, and shorten the path to a more prosperous world. You can read more about our Services here.
Non-profit Stichting AlterContacts Foundation
Our key initiatives are aimed at Eradicating Ignorance, Empowering Entrepreneurship, and helping organizations to instill the mindset of sustainability and system thinking to design solutions for a better world. What does it mean in practice? Learn more about our Initiatives here.
To confirm our commitment to conduct all our activities in a responsible and sustainable manner with well-assessed long-term implications on people and the environment, we have our principles, values, and behaviors written in the Charter. It is applicable to everyone who is directly involved in our activities: co-founders, board of directors, experts, advisors, members, volunteers, partners, and suppliers. Additionally, we have started the process of validating our Partner's commitment to the UN Ten Principles, to align the mission with a joint vision.
We operate as a network of volunteering experts and partners.
Among us are simple people, entrepreneurs, PhDs, independent professionals, scientists, TED speakers, world award winners in their own fields, researchers, graduated from distinguished universities, certified by forward-thinking institutions such as IDEO, the Institute for the Future, the Singularity University and other more exotic sources of knowledge. They have broad T-profiles, capable to apply their expertise across different systems, situations, scenarios, disciplines, industries and markets.
Among our Partners are local communities, municipalities, NGOs, foundations, educational institutions and sustainable, socially responsible businesses.
Achievements & Awards
On 28 June, Think Tank AlterContacts presented the Lockdown Economy at the United Nations Conference celebrating Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Day 2021. We presented insights on entrepreneurship during the pandemic based on Lockdown Economy, the field research from 330+ entrepreneurs across 5 continents, 41 countries, and 78 different economic activities. Showing what role they are playing in restoring the global economy!
The UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs has registered Lockdown Economy as one of the SDG Good Practices, Success Stories and Lessons Learned. Our initiative has become one of the "inspiring breakthroughs and success stories that are showing results and impacts all over the world, and several good practices can be replicated and scaled up to address existing gaps and constraints."
AlterContacts Academy for Sustainable Development was registered as a partner of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative. HESI was created in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The partners of the initiative are UN-DESA, UNESCO, UNEP, UN Global Compact's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UNU and UN-Habitat.
On 30 March 2021, the Lockdown Economy initiative by the Think Tank AlterContacts was chosen by the Dutch representatives in the European Parliament as the national finalist from the Netherlands for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2021. For its contribution to promoting European and international understanding and providing role models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.
Social Innovation Tournament
Lockdown Economy Challenge was nominated for the Social Innovation Tournament 2021 of the European Investment Bank Institute. For its innovation in scaling social impact initiatives.
Hero of the Year 2020
On 20 October 2020, the team of the Lockdown Economy received the Gold award in the 13th Annual 2020 Women in Business and the Professions World Awards®. In the category "Hero of the Year | Helping Others During COVID-19".
Startup of the Year
On 20 October 2020, Think Tank AlterContacts was named the Bronze winner as a Social Impact Startup of the Year 2020 in the 13th Annual 2020 Women in Business and the Professions World Awards®.
Non-profit Organization of the Year
On 10 September 2020, Think Tank AlterContacts was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award as a Non-profit Organization of the Year 2020 in The 17th Annual International Business Awards®
United Nations Registration as an Acceleration Action for SDG
In August 2020 the Lockdown Economy was registered as an initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery efforts in the United Nations SDG Acceleration Actions with the hashtag #SDGaction36773.
We track and measure our own contribution to Sustainable Development Goals. Our recent SDG Baseline Assessment - that reflects how aligned our operations and strategies are with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption - on SDG Action Manager by Global Compact received 88.6%.