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CSR voter guide compares policy ambitions of Dutch political parties

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MVO Platform has developed a voter guide (MVO Kieswijzer(opens in new window) ) on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Accountability for the upcoming Dutch general elections of March 2017. This guide contrasts the policy ambitions of political parties, comparing the statements of the eleven biggest Dutch political parties on nine topics including: decent work, access to justice for victims of corporate abuses and tax avoidance.


The ChristenUnie [Christian Union] political party stands out as having the most elaborate and outspoken policy proposals on CSR, followed by the Partij voor de Dieren [Party for the Animals] and GroenLinks [Green Party]. Many other parties fail to mention a strong role for the government in CSR and Corporate Accountability policy. Among these are the VVD [People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy] and PVV [Party for Freedom], both currently indicated as the two largest parties in the polls.

The MVO Kieswijzer(opens in new window) is available in Dutch only. These are the most important conclusions:

MVO Platform Expectations

Companies are not the only ones responsible for CSR; governments have an important task, as legislator, market actor and facilitator of CSR and Corporate Accountability and by setting the right example. “The Dutch Government has to make it clear to companies what is expected from them. This means clarifying what is expected as a minimum standard, and explaining how companies can be more ambitious in their Corporate Accountability goals. If necessary, companies should be held accountable for their involvement in environmental or human rights violations.” (Suzan van der Meij, MVO Platform coordinator).

You can find the MVO Kieswijzer here: in new window)

MVO Kieswijzer developers

The MVO Kieswijzer was developed by the MVO Platform(opens in new window) , with thanks to Amnesty International(opens in new window) , CNV Internationaal(opens in new window) [trade union], FNV Mondiaal(opens in new window) [trade union], Foundation Max van der Stoel(opens in new window) , Oxfam Novib(opens in new window) , Schone Kleren Campagne(opens in new window) [Clean Clothes Campaign], SOMO, Tax Justice NL(opens in new window) and UNICEF Nederland(opens in new window) .

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