Everybody knows superheroes like Batman, Spiderman and Superman – they’ve got striking costumes and get to brag about their achievements in comic books and blockbuster movies. The real heroes however, often go unnoticed and rarely receive recognition. We’re talking about Humanitas’ volunteers who take time to help people in need and make meaningful contributions to other people’s lives. On World Humanism Day – June 21st – we wanted to give these superheroes the attention they deserve – and inspire others to discover their own hidden heroism. read more
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‘If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space’ – some inspiring words from Jim Whittaker, the first American to climb Mount Everest, in 1963. Clearly a man who’s taken a good look at the world and who’s drawn the right conclusions. In 1990, he led The Earth Day 20 International Peace Climb, an expedition to reach the summit of the Everest, which was the first time in history that mountaineers from the United States, Soviet Union and China climbed a mountain roped together. read more
We are proud to announce that Maarten van Huijstee has joined the Advisory Board of the ASN Bank, together with Willemijn Verloop. Both new members are strongly committed to international issues such as human rights and social entrepreneurship.
ASN Bank has officially announced the accession of Willemijn Verloop and Maarten van Huijstee to the Advisory Board of the bank. Both new members are involved with international issues such as human rights and social entrepreneurship. Their joining increases the capabilities and expertise of the Board and strengthens it in its advice on how the ASN Bank can contribute to a more sustainable society.
ASN’s Advisory Board consists out of five members, including Femke Halsema (President), Hans Kamps and Jan van der Kolk.
"With their involvement and knowledge of the international community, Willemijn Verloop and Maarten van Huijstee fit the sustainable mission of ASN Bank well," says Jeroen Jansen, CEO of ASN Bank. "They acknowledge the important role banks can play in a more sustainable society. Not merely with funds their customers entrust to them, but also by taking position in long-term social issues such as environment, human rights, biodiversity, health care, education and housing."
"ASN Bank proves that social and sustainable banking can be successful. The bank contributes to a world with more renewable energy and encourages fair trade while boycotting child labor and the arms industry. I like to make a contribution to a bank that proves financial services can deal with social objectives," says Willemijn Verloop. "With the knowledge and expertise I have gained over the years, I hope to contribute to the sustainable mission of ASN Bank. A mission in which money is a means - not an end," adds Van Huijstee.
Since 1960, ASN Bank has committed to contribute to a more sustainable society. The bank takes into account climate, nature, vulnerable populations and the needs of future generations in all its activities. Customers can pay with ASN Bank, deposit savings and invest in ASN Investment Funds. The bank also provides financing for projects and organizations that fit its sustainability mission. ASN Bank is an independent bank and part of SNS REAAL.
Another breakthrough: the UEFA Executive Committee has awarded the KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association) with a Hattrick Award for its action plan ‘Football for everyone’. It was declared Best Social Project of 2012. The plan promotes gay acceptance in Dutch football and was initiated after a BNN tv show called ‘FC Gay’, which featured the kick-off of the campaign; our commercial ‘Homo? Boeit geen flikker’ (Gay? There’s nothing queer about it). The UEFA Hattrick awards are part of the broader Hattrick program in European football which aims to support the development of the sport and to bring ‘best practices’ to attention. Congratulations!
The sun was shining, the weather was sweet and we were hanging out with some of our favorite footballers – who were moving us, instead of their feet – telling their stories and sharing their first memories of football with us. We feel privileged to have been able to produce a series of short documentaries, of which this is the recapitulatory result. Honest portraits of benevolent captains shedding a positive light on their sport.
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What we have here is a new Prada short film directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. The film delightfully pays homage to French New Wave love triangles (à la Truffaut’s Jules et Jim and Godard’s Bande à part) and stars French actress and model Léa Seydoux as a beauty pursued by a couple of fashionable gents who happen to be best friends. The filmmaking is exquisite, which perfectly suits the brand’s aesthetic. A charming, self-deprecating story, with no fewer than three explicit brand plugs—one for each of its mini acts. Well done. We’ve added a couple behind-the-scenes pictures for you to enjoy.
Radio is a magnificent medium – you never have to be alone. The right music on the right moment can make your day. Listening to Q-music feels like hanging out with a bunch of friends – your Q-Entourage. This Q-Entourage consists out of four Q-music dj’s, which represent the positive, social energy Q-music transmits to its audience. They spread good vibes and they’re always on your side – all you have to do is tune in to the right radio station. Q is good for you.