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Corporate social responsibility

At CBI, the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the main focus. CSR entails improving and taking into consideration the social and ecological circumstances when promoting imports from developing countries. As an executive organisation of the Dutch government, CBI supports the latter's objectives while encouraging a combined approach to trade and development policy.

CBI's actions are informed by the conviction that trade is a way of:

  1. establishing sustainable and inclusive economic growth; and
  2. encouraging employment in small and medium-sized enterprises in countries with lower incomes.

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CSR in various processes

Introducing CSR in an organisation is not easy. CBI provides support in this dynamic process, working together with specific partners such as FMO, ITC and MVO Nederland (Dutch).

When a project is being monitored or assessed, CSR also plays a role, as well as in the knowledge development of experts (local and otherwise) and CBI staff. The CSR policy of CBI is integrated into:

  • value chain selection (country and sector)
  • value chain analysis and business case development
  • programme implementation
  • evaluation.

Among the CBI objectives is the intention of contributing to SDG 8, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Read more about SDG 8