Projects: Consulting with Impact

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Berenschot carries out assignments and develops successful CSR consulting products that have an impact in society

Below is a selection of our assignments.

Living Wage Workshop

Berenschot under contract to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs tested the concept and application of a living wage among different stakeholders at a national and international level. The objective of the assignment was to stimulate companies to apply a living wage in the commercial chain and to create greater consensus among different stakeholder groups concerning its definition and implementation.

2030 MEE Roadmap for the Chemical Industry

Berenschot was asked to manage the process for formulating a supported ambition statement regarding an annual CO 2 reduction target for the chemical industry in the Netherlands. The CO 2 emission of the chemical industry is one of the largest CO 2 emission factors in the Netherlands and a key social issue. For the industry itself it is a growing cost item and a competitive factor on a global scale. The continued existence of certain plants may depend on this factor.

Berenschot helps sectors and individual organisations take their first step into sustainability

Many organisations already have a number of processes/projects that fit well into sustainability thinking. During a one-day workshop, Berenschot introduces the new sustainability language and all relevant themes are reviewed in a structured way to identify these processes/projects. We then review the further implementation of sustainability as an opportunity and give some thought to the next steps.

Sustainable employability in actual practice

The employers’ and workers’ organisations (united in the Metalektro Consultative Council) have recognised the urgency of sustainable employability in their sector for some time. Six pilot organisations conducted a project titled ‘Life-course Aware Personnel Policy’ during the period 2009-2010. Specific points of reference and tools were deployed in these pilot companies on the basis of Berenschot’s process-based approach, which resulted in increased employability of personnel. Berenschot was given a major role in coaching the pilot organisations.

2030 MJA3 (Long-term Energy Efficiency Agreement) Roadmap for the Dairy Industry

Berenschot was asked to manage the process for formulating a supported ambition statement for the dairy industry. The dairy industry consumes approx 26 PJ each year in its dairy plants. The idea was to create an energy-neutral and green dairy chain by having farmers generate an equivalent amount of sustainable energy as that consumed by the dairy plants using solar, wind and biofermentation energy. In short, two links in a chain that could help one another, but that are not necessarily motivated to do so on the basis of their own interests. Indeed, farmers are individual entrepreneurs and will make their own comparative assessment.

Biofermentation Breakthrough Session ‘Agro meets Chemistry’

Berenschot, under contract to NL Agency, ZLTO, Tebodin and DSM, on 27 March 2013 organised a biofermentation breakthrough session titled: ‘Agro meets Chemistry’. The instigation for this was the growing demand for clarity and progress in the breakthrough of biofermentation to become economically profitable. Given its references in the area of chain projects and sustainable development, Berenschot was engaged.

Does PEFC certified timber meet the principles adopted by the municipality of Utrecht?

To meet its sustainable procurement objective, the municipality of Utrecht formulated ten principles for the purchase of timber and timber products. These principles were adopted from the FSC certification label. FSC is a certification label for sustainable timber. The certification label pertains to the management of forests/plantations and to the commercial chain.

Structuring CSR efforts on the basis of the ISO 26000 standard, including self-declaration

Blycolin has been active in the field of CSR for a long time. An example, for instance, is its participation in the Long-term Energy Efficiency Agreement (MJA3) in order to reduce the energy consumed by its washing plant. In addition, Blycolin has invested in a sustainable linen line with Fairtrade and GOTS certification. Blycolin is furthermore active in a number of (sector) networks, as well as the CSR Netherlands network, and provides material and financial support to many charitable causes.

Sustainable Utrecht2040 Alliance Factory

Berenschot organised the alliance factory for Utrecht2040 and its regional partners. The alliance factory is an effective, creative and fast method of networking for the purpose of forming alliances between different parties in relation to specific themes. Participants in the Sustainable Utrecht2040 Alliance Factory included among others the Utrecht2040 partner projects that had received a nomination for the 2011 Sustainability Award. The alliance factory held on 8 September 2012 dealt with the themes ‘awareness creation & behaviour’, ‘energy’ and ‘the economy’.

Long-term Energy Efficiency Agreement (MJA3) Preliminary Study

The Long-term Energy Efficiency Agreement (MJA3) is a covenant between the Dutch government and the Dutch business sector. The covenant stipulates that participating sectors will realise an energy efficiency improvement of 2% per year until 2020.

Berenschot and the World Sustainability Centre

Work is currently well underway on the Afsluitdijk (Ijsselmeer Dam) with the objective of making it sustainable. One of the elements of this work is the World Sustainability Centre (WSC), named Brinker, a centre with sustainability as its central theme. The WSC is to become, among other things, an inspiring and informative engaging centre where all sustainability-related developments converge. Water is a key theme in this respect.


The CEEP-CSR Label was designed to meet the need for making corporate social responsibility and involvement demonstrable. The CEEP-CSR Label is supported by the European Commission and issued at the European level to public service providers who put CSR into actual practice. The label was developed at the European level, is managed by the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP) and is jointly financed by the European Commission.

As a CEEP partner, Berenschot supports the development and distribution of the label. We provide information about the label and support organisations in applying for the CEEP-CSR Label. Click here for additional information.

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