Florus van Loon about #MazarsForGood

Florus van Loon, recruiter, explains what sustainability means to him and gives examples of how he sees the MazarsForGood theme within the organization.

What does sustainability mean to you?

To be honest, if you asked me this question a couple of years ago, sustainability wouldn’t have meant much to me. In the last couple of years, under the influence of my girlfriend, who is very sustainabilityminded, my interest has grown. At this moment, sustainability means expanding my knowledge on topics such as the circular economy, the plastic soup and discussions about the best way forward. This knowledge slowly starts to influence my life. Although I still don’t separate my trash (which I definitely should be doing) and I use way too much plastic, I am trying to change. Some of the changes I have made in the last couple of months are that I am buying sustainable and long-lasting clothes and I have shifted my finances to a sustainable bank with green initiatives.

Besides the care for the environment, I think it’s really important to give people opportunities to learn and get educated. Educated people tend to be healthier, well-functioning in social networks and have more social trust. Besides that, it’s really important to know yourself. To get in touch with your inner self and learn who you are and what your purpose is in life.

How do you see the topic MazarsForGood within our organisation?

What I really like about MazarsForGood is that I see that a lot of people are enthusiastic and intrinsically motivated. This is something I recognise in the decisions Mazars makes; we really want to do our part in reducing climate and environmental impact, educate our employees and be there for the city we work in. I see this in the broad training and development opportunities at Mazars, examples such as unconscious bias and new parenthood. Educating people on these topics is something you would not think of at first, but those topics are really helpful in daily life. I hope that we can engage increasingly more people, so we can have a good impact and create a sustainable world for future generations. 

Do you have an example of reducing climate & environmental impacts at Mazars?

In my opinion, reducing climate & environmental impact is a mindset. It’s something you have to be aware of on a daily basis. In the morning, you can get into your car, or take the bike or train. You can buy concealed plastic food or bring your own. You can decide to print everything or take your laptop along. I see that those individual decisions can create discussions and insights for our fellow colleagues.

A good example is a Mazars meeting that we had a couple of months ago in Germany. We were all invited to a recruitment meeting in the office of Mazars Berlin. Our first response was to buy airplane tickets to Berlin. But then I was inspired by a podcast about the environment. That made me change my mind, I decided to book a train ticket, and this was a great ride. It was not only a new experience to travel such a distance by train, but I also had enough space to study and do my work while travelling. My enthusiasm about this journey inspired others to think about the opportunity to take a train instead of a plane.

It’s my hope that those small things will influence people in thinking more about their footprint, and how they can reduce it.

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#MazarsForGood

Mazarians explain what sustainability means to them and give examples of how they see the MazarsForGood theme within the organization.

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Corporate social responsibility

At Mazars, we have committed ourselves to being MazarsForGood – that is a global citizen devoted to having a positive impact on the world and the communities in which we operate. We are dedicated to contributing to society in the best possible way, whether through providing quality services to our clients to help them achieve sustainable growth, enabling our talented people to reach their highest potential or contributing to the public debate with positive insights for the future.

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