About MVO Nederland & International CSR
MVO Nederland is the Netherlands' national knowledge centre and network organisation for corporate social responsibility (CSR). Going by our motto of ‘changing together,’ we inspire, connect and strengthen affiliated companies and industry organisations in their process of evolving towards sustainable operations. As a partner of MVO Nederland, you will be able to draw inspiration from the numerous events and networking sessions we organise, while our range of practical tools will help you put CSR into practice. Visit our website for a full list of the benefits of partnering with MVO Nederland (in Dutch), as well as further information about our activities in various areas of CSR, such as International CSR (ICSR). More specific information is available on the Dutch version of the website.
About the CSR Risk Check
The Dutch government expects internationally operating companies to implement corporate social responsibility (CSR). The basic principles in this context are the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises. A letter to the Dutch parliament, dated 29 March 2012, further specifies the Dutch government's views on compliance with the OECD guidelines, such as through the performance of a risk assessment (due diligence). This involves you assessing which CSR risks you are likely to encounter in your business activities, such as during procurement/imports, in your production abroad, or when exporting your products. Risks may occur in relation to working conditions, the environment and corruption, for instance. Besides seeking risk transparency, you are expected to take measures to mitigate the risks you have identified. The CSR Risk Check is a useful CSR risk assessment tool, giving you an overview of the issues you may encounter in your organisation or company, including earlier on in the production chain. The risk check is easy to fill in and will instantly give you a list of possible issues for each country and/or product in the form of a risk assessment.
MVO Nederland teams up with knowledge partners in finding sources on risks, formulating advice and verifying information. The following organisations have contributed to the development of the CSR Risk Check:
The Dutch National Federation of Christian Trade Unions (CNV) does not just look after the best interests of its members and workers in the Netherlands. Through its CNV Internationaal wing, CNV also helps promote Decent Work in developing countries by strengthening workers' positions through strong social partners and by advancing sustainability in the chain. CNV Internationaal seeks to protect workers' universal rights, such as a living wage, healthy and safe working conditions and job security, freedom of organisation and the right to collective labour agreement negotiations. In doing so, CNV Internationaal emphasises personal responsibility and social dialogue. CNV Internationaal currently operates in 16 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Human rights are often under pressure when there are economic interests at stake. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights offer companies clear standards and responsibility when it comes to preventing and reducing the violation of human rights. ICCO plays an important role not only in raising awareness among companies and government bodies of 'why' they have to respect human rights, but also in showing them 'how' they can go about doing that.
Netherlands Enterprise Agency
The Dutch government is a key stimulator and driver of the debate on CSR. Corporate Social Responsibility is not only beneficial to people and planet. A good reputation, a pleasant working environment and healthy business operations will all help make companies more innovative and more productive. The government wants to encourage companies to seize CSR opportunities. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency advises entrepreneurs on sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international operations by providing financial support and helping entrepreneurs find business partners, knowledge and networks.
SOMO is an independent, not-for-profit research and network organisation working on social, ecological and economic issues related to sustainable development. Since 1973, the organisation investigates multinational corporations and the consequences of their activities for people and the environment around the world. Next to SOMO’s research activities, SOMO hosts several network organisations including the OECD Watch en Electronicswatch.
There is more to CSR than simply doing business in a socially responsible way and managing risks. Tapping into the growing trend towards a sustainable economy will open up strategic opportunities, not only in the Netherlands, but also internationally. The CREM consultancy helps companies make the link between CSR and their business strategy, for example by identifying the business opportunities available to a company. CREM boasts ample expertise of sustainability in relation to international chains and emerging markets.
Water Footprint Network (WFN)
The Water Footprint Network was founded in 2008 to solve the world's water crisis by advancing fair and smart water use. WFN is a dynamic, global network that drives innovation and inspires the changes we must all make to keep humanity's water use within the earth's ecological limits. WFN sets a widely acclaimed, global water footprint standard and are open source, providing world class, practical tools, data and advice that are needed to rethink and improve global water use.
If you have any questions about the CSR Risk Check or about International CSR, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.