The Hague, 2 March 2022. The Dutch Governmental Organisation, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) is taking an important step forward in promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). A system is being developed that will make the effects of its policy in this area more transparent. The RVO receives help from consultancy firm Empact, which proved to best meet the expectations of the RVO during the tender process.
With a multidisciplinary team of scientists, IT specialists and CSR experts, Empact will develop a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning system (MEL) with which the RVO can assess the effects of its policy to stimulate the CSR efforts of subsidy and funding recipients. to measure. At the moment it is only the case that organizations that receive subsidies must commit themselves to, for example, OECD guidelines and UN human rights treaties. However, it is not clear to what extent the intended effects are actually achieved, because this has not yet been measured.
With the development and, in the second phase, the commissioning of the MEL system, the RVO gains direct insight into the effectiveness of its efforts in this area via a dashboard. In this way, it can make its own policies even more effective. The RVO will also soon be able to proactively and very specifically steer organizations and help them improve their performance. Martin de Jong, Founder of Empact, sees this as a logical step: “We have seen for years that there is an increasing need to determine the actual effect of government policy. It is great that RVO is joining this movement and has given us the confidence to carry it out.”
Empact is a boutique management consulting company that specializes in connecting CSR and organizational goals. Empact mainly enables customers to independently implement their policy.