Socially Conscious and Green Office

TNI owns its office building, originally built in the 19th century as a school. It is zoned for cultural and educational purposes by the City Council.

TNI strives to attract tenants that share TNI’s vision and values. In 2021, it housed:

  • a childcare centre
  • a meditation centre
  • two non-profit organisations (consumer rights with respect to food; a support organisation for animation filmmakers)
  • a Dutch streetwear company associated with the hip-hop scene of Amsterdam

TNI is committed to upholding environmental standards and contributing to a just transition to more sustainable economies. We strive to do this in our own conduct as an organisation, as well as by seeking the structural change we believe necessary through our programmes.

Since their installation in mid-2017, solar panels installed on the roof of our building have enabled us to save 38 tons of CO2 and have generated a total of 53.78 MwH of solar energy, continuing to provide the anticipated third of our electricity needs annually. The balance is sourced from wind energy supplied by local farmers. In addition, we continue to invest in insulation of the office building, and make every effort to reduce our energy consumption. In 2021, with few staff using the office due to Covid-19, energy consumption was very low. Our energy supplier repaid a significant proportion of the costs charged in advance between mid-2020 and mid-2021, which resulted in a net credit.

We separate our waste (paper, glass, chemical, plastic, batteries, ink cartridges) for responsible recycling purposes. Only recycled or FSC-certified paper is used for printing. Printing is kept to a minimum and the default setting for office printers is double-sided.

We encourage staff to consider travelling only where strictly necessary, and to use trains for short distance trips. We reimburse travel costs to and from the office on the basis of public transport only. We have also invested in improving our video conferencing facilities and online facilitation skills to help minimise the necessity for travel, and encourage staff wherever possible to travel by train rather than fly or drive. None of our staff uses a car to travel to work.