Bill Clinton, former President of the United States and international ambassador of the Postcode Lottery, visited the new office building of the Charity Lotteries in Amsterdam. The Lotteries have transformed a long-vacant office building into the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands (BREEAM Outstanding). Here, from October onwards, the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the BankGiro Lottery and the FriendsLottery will continue their mission for a better world.

The highest achievable sustainability classification
Bill Clinton was fully informed about all the ecological, environmental and energy measures that have been taken. These have resulted in BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification for the design of the building. This is the highest possible classification in the Dutch Green Building Council’s international quality mark for sustainable construction. It means that not only is the building sustainable, but that the entire construction process and business operations comply with the most stringent regulations. These include standards for the travelling time of employees, the air quality in the building, toilets that are flushed with rainwater, and also the involvement of employees in the construction process.

Bill Clinton: “I've appreciated the Postcode Lottery's commitment to fighting climate change for many years, and their new office will be yet another example. This state-of-the-art retrofitted building is a smart approach to sustainability, and I hope organizations around the world will be inspired by it and follow the Postcode Lottery's lead."

Sustainable demolition
BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification was also awarded for the initial demolition work. Sustainable demolition is still in its infancy in the Netherlands. In March, the building was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ at the International BREEAM Awards 2018. The jury was particularly impressed by the way in which employees and local residents have been involved in the design and in implementing the many aspects of the sustainable renovation of the building from the outset.

Clinton has been visiting the Netherlands for the international AIDS conference AIDS2018, where he spoke about a breakthrough in the fight against AIDS. This has been achieved through a large-scale AIDS control project run by the Aidsfonds and CHAI (Clinton Health Access Initiative) in Swaziland. The number of new HIV infections there has decreased by 44% in recent years. The project was made possible thanks to the players in the Dutch Postcode Lottery, with a total contribution of 10.8 million euros.

The Clinton Foundation and the Postcode Lottery
Bill Clinton and the Postcode Lottery maintain warm ties with each other. Founded by the former President in 2001, the Clinton Foundation has been supported in its international and climate work since 2005.