About this website

This website contains information on the development and implementation of International Corporate Social Responsibility (ICSR) agreements. The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) provides this information for a large number of agreements. The website contains extensive information about agreements that have been concluded and about others that are currently being developed. The website refers to agreements that are facilitated by other parties. Full information can be found on third-party websites.

What is the SER’s role?

The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) was founded to connect or to enhance relationships between diverse parties through dialogue. Traditionally, it has done so by bringing employees and employers together in an advisory body on socio-economic issues.

The SER is drawing on its knowledge and experience to help the parties involved in developing IRBC agreements negotiate terms satisfactory to all. The parties involved in such negotiations consist of the representatives of the relevant sector (usually industry associations), trade unions, NGOs and government.

The SER facilitates a great many agreements in this fashion. It should be noted that the parties are under no obligation to make use of the SER’s services.

The negotiation and signing of an agreement is only the first step: in the period thereafter, the parties must hammer out the details. Here too, the SER can play a role. Expert staff help the businesses and other parties implement the relevant agreements.

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