Council on International Educational Exchange - Business and Sustainability

The Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)  gives American students a first intro into Dutch business and sustainability. TheRockGroup teachers help students realize their own leadership skills critical to the governance of sustainability in today’s contemporary world and into the future. From this course the students are able to take their training in sustainability and apply it in future business ventures to create a more sustainable business and economy. Through this program we have reached over 100 American students in the past 4 years.


The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), based in Portland USA, has been the world leader in international exchange since 1947. They offer students, professionals and educators the most comprehensive and relevant programs. CIEE operates over 175 study abroad programs in over 40 countries including the Netherlands. The CIEE Amsterdam course that was hosted by TheRockGroup addressed the topic of Business and Sustainability.

Our Work

Here in the Netherlands we are known for our excellence in sustainable business practices, recognized by both national and global companies. That is why TheRockGroup and CIEE together designed a program for students interested in learning more about the new, up and coming world of sustainable business, in a country of unique cultural and societal characteristics. A combination of classroom work, guest lectures, company visits/excursions and community engagement activities provide students with first-hand experiences to better understand the Dutch sustainable business culture.

During the business and sustainability course students learn about sustainable business in the Netherlands and throughout the world. The course begins with an overview of culture and history that gives context to the contemporary sustainability and leadership practices here in the Netherlands. TheRockGroup provides guided site visits and discusses successful business case studies and promotes creativity and sustainable practices in the business world.