These are the most Frequently Asked Questions about the CSR Risk Check. If you cannot find the answer to your question below, please fill in this contact form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

What is a CSR risk?

A “CSR risk” does not refer to financial uncertainty, but to a risk relating to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Responsible Business Conduct (RBC). We define a CSR risk as a business practice - an operational risk - within a value chain that can harm people, the planet or the economy. Although there is no single academic definition of a CSR risk, internationally accepted themes include corruption, employee well-being, corporate ethics and environmental impact. On this page you can find a more extensive overview of each CSR theme.

Who is the CSR Risk Check for?

The CSR Risk Check is for companies that are exporting to, importing from or have production facilities in foreign countries. After completing the CSR Risk Check, you will know which international CSR risks your business activities are exposed to and what your options are for managing them.

What is CSR risk management?

CSR risk management consists of eight steps, one of which is completing the CSR Risk Check. Please find the complete roadmap here.

Where do we get our information from?

We always use public external resources so that we can refer you to the source for more information. In addition, we keep the information as up to date as possible.

How is the information kept up to date?

The CSR Risk team constantly updates risks and advice in the extensive database. We do this in a number of ways. First, we ensure that sources are no older than five years, by checking whether there are more recent sources or by removing the risk/advice if it is no longer up to date. Secondly, we have a large number of sources that appear periodically and which we update annually (or more often). Thirdly, we monitor newsletters, where we extract and update new sources. Finally, users and CSR experts alert us to new sources, which we then update.

How do we assess the relevance of the information?

MVO Nederland does not assess the severity of an identified risk or the chances of it occurring in relation to a specific business endeavour. As a company, you are responsible for: 1) interpreting the severity of risks in relation to your company's activities; and 2) the formulating and implementing appropriate measures to avoid or mitigate these risks.

What if the CSR Risk Check does not show any results for my search?

CSR risk information is not (yet) available for all countries and products, so if no results are found, that does not mean that there are no risks. We are constantly working to make the tool as complete as possible. If you have any suggestions for useful tools or relevant sources for specific countries/products that should be included in the CSR Risk Check, please fill in this contact form with your suggestions!

Why do I only receive general risks for my product group?

Try searching for a more specific product group. For example, if you enter 'textiles', you will not get results for 'cotton', because textiles are not necessarily made of cotton. You are advised to enter cotton as well, as a more specific product.

Do I have to create a user account?

No, it is not necessary to create an account to use the CSR Risk Check. There are, however, benefits to having an account:

  • Automatically save your searches;
  • Store your reports in a personal overview;
  • Receive notifications about updates for your country/product of interest.

How is the report (PDF with risks and advices) generated?

Product and service-specific search: The product list is based on SITC codes (Standard International Trade Classification). These codes have different levels of specification. For example, the main category is “fruit and vegetables (general)” and under this category, products are divided into subcategories. When you search for a specific product, such as oranges, you will see the results of this specific product and all (main) categories to which this product belongs. In this example you will also see the category “vegetables and fruit (general)”. The same is true for raw materials and semi-finished goods.

Country-specific search: If you only search for a country, you will see the results of that specific country. The results that belong to a combination of product and country will therefore not be shown.

Combination country-product search: If you search for a combination country-product, you will see the results of your specific combination, the results for the country in general and the results for the product in general. If you fill in the combination oranges and Colombia, you will see the results of this combination and the combination of “vegetables and fruit (in general)” with Colombia. In addition, you will see results that are generally about oranges and 'fruit and vegetables (in general)'. Finally, you see results of Colombia in general.

Who can help me when I get stuck?

The CSR Risk Check team at MVO Nederland is on hand to offer you tips or help you determine your next steps. Find our contact information here.