“I am delighted to be able to congratulate Schiphol Group with its 100th year anniversary. Schiphol’s mission is ‘Connecting the Netherlands’. After having spent a substantial part of my life in Cincinnati, a great city still close to my heart but suprisingly with only one direct international flight connnection, I now value the unique position of the Netherlands as an international mainport, through both Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam harbour even more than before. In our competitive world growth is vital, but in my view this is only permissible in the context of a sustainable growth business model, which serves economic, environmental and social goals at the same time. This core principle underlies my company’s Sustainable Living Plan. I am thrilled to say that I have always counted Schiphol Group as a staunch ally in this endeavour, and for good reason.
In 2014 Schiphol received the Airports Going Green Award, and the company has gone from strength-to-strength, including a circular lighting partnership with Cofely and Philips. Following the December 2015 Climate Summit in Paris, I would like to express my hope that Schiphol will continue its sustainability focus, for example by teaming up with its business partners in order to swiftly implement science-based targets consistent with the agreed Paris goal of keeping global average temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius.
If so, Schiphol’s second centenary couldn’t be off to a better start, and I would like to wish you all a pleasant journey.”