The idea behind Closing the Loop was born during a project I did in Tanzania in 2010. My former company brought mobile phones to Africa for reuse. I saw firsthand the damage mobile phones do at the end of their life-span. Closing the Loop is the result of a long-term effort and strong local networks. I am proud of that.
Joost de Kluijver
I grew up in South Africa and Ghana. I studied IT and Hospitality in the Netherlands, then got interested in communication and workflows of organizations and projects. Started my own company. In the course of my professional activities, I came across the world of electronic waste and recycling. At Closing the Loop I focus on strengthening the existing networks.
Working in Telecoms and the IT sector gave me access to the latest technology without realizing how many resources were needed and what would happen to this technology once it becomes obsolete. Joining Closing the Loop is really closing the loop for me in bringing together my passion for technology in a commercial environment and having impact now in a tangible way that makes sense to my children.
IT is creating a positive contribution for our welfare for many years. The only challenge though is that it is lagging behind in our effort to make this world more sustainable and circular. As being active within IT for more than 15 years I'm now glad to contribute to a circular business model which results in sustainability for IT.
As a business developer I am experienced in expanding, developing and overall commercial growth. Over the last 8 years I have been active in hospitality and e-commerce, and ever since I got my first it hardware my personal interest for circularity, sustainability and e-waste has been evolving. Closing the Loop is an ambitious, innovative and creative company that represents an eagerness to make a difference in a rapidly changing climate.
Josefien de Kool
The future includes me, and I am committed to working to accelerate circular and innovative solutions. I joined Closing the Loop because it puts me in the front lines along with companies working to enhance a circular economy, not just talk about it. I am applying my international experience in public and private sectors in Russia and the US building partnerships.
Closing the Loop has an innovative and effective business model for circularity and the reduction of e-waste that combines social, environmental, and economic value. I am applying what I know about business and environmental science & policy to support the development of solid operations and procedures for use in Europe & Africa at CTL. I am the person on the team to make the supply chain fully responsible and compliant.
Jan van Berne
Jan van Berne is a hands-on investor actively helping and driving growth for scale-ups. Jan holds board positions in companies including Closing the Loop and Eco- Movement. Jan has over 20 years of international operational (in more than 14 countries) and M&A experience. He invests in biotech and agritech, IT, media, and telecom, with a strong focus on impact and sustainability.
We're always looking for interesting and ambitious colleagues. Check out our vacancies page for more information!
Marketing and Communications Intern
About the company
Closing the Loop is the world’s leading provider of Green Procurement services for IT. We offer organizations the opportunity to take steps in sustainability in a fun, pragmatic and easy way. Our customers use our services to engage with their employees in their sustainability efforts, to increase their commercial potential, and to reach key impact KPIs. Our in-house developed service, Waste Compensation, enables our customers to compensate all the waste produced by their workplace IT us. At the same time they are helping to solve the problem of the world’s largest growing waste stream: electronic waste. We enable this by collecting one piece of scrap IT from developing countries for every one piece our customers use.
About the Internship
As a Marketing and Communications Intern you support the Marketing and Communications Coordinator in strengthening the Closing the Loop story. You will explore the market, watch and translate trends into useful online content, strengthen our social media channels, write website content and check facts around circular economy, sustainability and the IT sector. You will also oversee the content strategy (e.g. creating a structure for materials, and indicate which materials need to be upgraded).
What do we expect?
- You are completing a Bachelor's degree in marketing, or (business) communication;
- You have a commercial mindset in writing, but care about sustainability. You can see the link between sustainability and business;
- You are a good communicator, especially across cultures;
- You have excellent English writing skills and preferably a working proficiency in Dutch;
- You have experience with Adobe products (InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat);
- You are precise and quality-driven;
- Knowledge in the field of electronics and/or circular economy is an advantage.
Tasks & Responsibilities (examples)
- Organize and write blogposts;
- Organize and manage the media folder;
- Support the Marketing and Communications Coordinator with content creation;
- Be responsible for and manage the content strategy.
What do we offer?
- A varied and challenging internship (24-32 hours);
- 4-6 months internship;
- Competitive internship compensation;
- A young and enthusiastic team;
- The coolest social enterprise in the Netherlands;
- Plenty of room for your own ideas and initiatives;
- A beautiful Amsterdam based office on the Herengracht (currently working remote);