Fund for Responsible Business pillar 1 step-by-step plan

To participate in the Fund for Responsible Business (FVO) scheme, you will have to go through three successive steps. Has your company already taken action relating to Responsible Business Conduct (RBC)? If so, we will determine – in consultation with you – whether you are eligible to skip step 2.

1. Orientation and application

  • Request a no-obligations meeting with an RVO.nl adviser regarding a possible application. You can do so either by email (fvo@rvo.nl) or by phone (+31 (0)88 042 42 42).
  • After the interview, complete the mandatory quick scan form so we can advise you on your next step. The advice related to the quick scan will allow you to progress to the next phase.
  • Analyse the RBC risks or transgressions within your value chain or chains, as well as your internal business processes that may be contributing to RBC risks or transgressions. This is what we refer to as the risk assessment.
  • At the end of this phase, you may apply for a subsidy for local/regional impact research (Project A) and/or implementation (Project B).

2. Impact research (Project A)

Following the risk assessment in Step 1 (the orientation), you will start in-depth research into RBC risks or transgressions on site and within your company or companies:

  • Stakeholder analysis: identify potentially vulnerable groups and the other parties and stakeholders involved;
  • Investigation within the chain: examine your value chain to identify RBC risks or transgressions;
  • Investigation of causes of RBC risks or transgressions: examine the underlying causes of possible RBC risks or transgressions;
  • Connection with the company: analyse your internal business processes and determine the extent to which they prevent RBC risks and transgressions.

3. Implementation (Project B)

Upon completion of the impact research (Project A), you will commence the activities designed to tackle RBC risks or transgressions and reinforce the measures taken within your own company in relation to due diligence.

Implementation of measures (Project B)

The following activities are necessary in order to combat and prevent RBC risks or transgressions:

  • Local implementation: execution of measures;
  • Internal implementation: execution of internal measures within your own company.

Structural embedding (Project B)

  • Local or regional monitoring: monitor the impact of the measures and improve them where necessary;
  • Internal monitoring: monitor your in-house measures and adjust them where necessary;
  • Transparency: inform your customers and stakeholders about how your company is tackling RBC transgressions within your chain.

To conclude this phase, you will draw up the final report, which will specify what the FVO project achieved and how the measures will remain effective once the project has been completed.

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