About 

Marcel Jacobs

Marcel Jacobs, a recognized and rewarded subject matter expert specialized in sustainable value chains and circular procurement. He strongly believes that the there is an urgent as well as increasing need to drive transparency in supply chains, to actively manage impact on resources and clear communication. It is important to collaborate and engage stakeholders, in order to structurally create a positive impact across the value chain or when implementing circular economy.  

In his previous role as director supplier sustainability he worked within Royal Philips' Group Procurement. Next to development of an innovative and leading Sustainable Sourcing strategy 2020, he managed specific programs like Supplier Sustainability Performance ('beyond audits'), Circular Procurement to support Philips' ambition to deliver 100% circular solutions by 2025, Responsible sourcing programs through collaborative stakeholder engagement at origin (mines) or minerals. He developed an innovative and disruptive SSP - Beyond audit approach. This approach enables Royal Philips to increase transparency, achieve higher levels of supplier engagement and driving structural impact in its value chain. Between 2007 and the end of 2013 he worked at Office Depot Europe in the role of Sr. Manager Sustainability Europe. In this role he created various tools for example a supply chain risk model based on environmental and social/ethical aspects to support procurement and supply chain identifying hotspots as well as opportunities beyond tier one suppliers. Another example was a GreenScan product identification and reporting tool that supported sales and marketing to increase value add and increase transparency towards customers on identifying green office products. Since 2004 he is active in the sustainability arena, started as sustainability officer within Philips Lighting being responsible for sustainable sourcing and eco-design. 

Areas of expertise: Sustainable Production & Consumption, Circular Economy, Sustainable & Circular Procurement, Green Marketing, SDG's (Sustainable Development Goals) ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System), SA8000 (Social Accountability), ISO26000 (sustainability), ISO20400 (Responsible Procurement) and BS8001 (Circular Economy) UN Guiding Principles for business and human rights and Due Diligence (OECD Guidelines)


Monique Schmitz

After completing the HEAO marketing & sales in 1995 Monique Schmitz started her career in the world of job employment agencies and recruitment agencies. She has had several different tasks and responsibilities among which managing and coaching teams, analyzing and reorganizing branches and covering areas among which are the largest in the Netherlands. During this time, in her career she managed branches through mergers but also was responsible for some if not the most important and largest corporate clients and prospects. In other periods she worked as an account manager and (business) coach.

During these times a very clear vision on recruitment and general business management developed and she is more than ones recognized and hired for it. The bases of this vision lie within a deep cooperation between organizations and its people. Make sure you know where people’s competences, talents are. Not just superficial but in depth. How can you use these talents in your company? “There are so many people not participating simply because often companies (read management) don’t bother to sincerely check how they could let the competences be used to grow their companies” says Schmitz. “The same goes for management”, she continues, “take some time to really figure out what it is that thrives people and use it for your benefit”.

The last few years of her career Monique Schmitz has been more focused more on processes in general and change processes in particular. This is where she even more developed the believe that asking the right questions, getting all stakeholders on the same page and creating transparency mainly through getting the facts straight and not being afraid to speak your truth are absolutely necessary in order to move forward successfully. Being one of Circl8 founders she will mainly be involved in general management, talent management and sustainable Human Capital.