Building a better world | Ballast Nedam Development and their road to 2030

October 12, 2023

During this Vision Dinner, Onno Dwars, CEO of Ballast Nedam Development, will take you through the major challenges that lay ahead. It is not only a question of saving our planet, but also on radically changing the conduct of your business to fit a drastically changing world. How can you take a pro-active stance in reducing emission in your industry, instead of always lagging behind? And how do you collaborate with governments and NGOs, instead of working against them? Mr. Dwars will elaborate on how taking the lead is no longer an opportunity, but a necessity. With his understanding of both the industry and the urgency of the situation, it promises to be an evening that will push you forward on the road to 2030. We cordially invite you to this event.

  • Small scaled Board of Directors meeting
  • Open dialogue by means of the Chatham House Rule

Onno Dwars, Ballast Nedam Development

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Onno Dwars


As CEO Onno pushes boundaries to make the world a better place for both humans and nature. The moral compass is leading in everything the company seeks to accomplish. Hence why IFC (World Bank) is a strategic business partner and shareholder and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are the cornerstone of the company. Construction and urban Development goes far beyond the project itself, Onno leads a company that develops the environment of the future. It is all about holistically designing environments in which people ultimately can live longer, happier and healthier lives. This is why Ballast Nedam and its shareholder Renaissance Holding is adding value for present and future generations in the Netherlands and abroad.

Onno is part of the next generation of futureproof and green leaders. Leaders that lead a movement and create business with a powerful purpose. He has won the ABN-AMRO Bank 'Sustainable Top 50' in 2019 and the 'Green Leader Award' among many other awards. At Delft University of Technology he was awarded with the Msc in Civil Engineering in 2004. Onno is a great influencer to change law and policies, going much further than legislation by delivering better results year after year compared to industry standards. He does not only talk the talk, he walks the walk. In 2021 Ballast Nedam’s residential housing developments cut away 69% average on CO2 emissions compared to legislation. Onno is a well known face in business new media outlets.

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Most business leaders know that moving fast is the key to growth, innovation and development. However, an impasse seems to strike CEOs of major companies when it comes to the reduction of CO2 emissions or keeping up with other sustainability goals. Why do we fail to keep up with the necessary change, and are we fully aware of the implications for our planet, but also for our own professional careers? CEO Onno Dwars might have to come through with the honest truth.


Location: Headquarters Ballast Nedam, Rotterdam
17:30 - 20:30

You are welcome at this small-scale and in-depth Vision Dinner (Chatham House Rule). After Onno’s presentation, there is room for a lively discussion between him and the other participants. The program, including dinner, starts with a walk-in at 5.30 pm, an official start at 6.00 pm and ends at 8.30 pm. Afterwards, there is an opportunity to network and have a drink. Participation is free.


Vision Dinner for Members of the Executive Board

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  • Participants have to meet the previously described target audience.
  • If applicable, our partners will be presented with every application.
  • During all our sessions, the Chatham House Rule applies. This means that the participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. This means that no report, no photos and no recordings are made of the meeting. The presentation will also not be distributed to the participants afterwards.

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