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We entered into partnerships with several societal organizations in the fields of social entrepreneurship, responsible business or circularity. What we have in common with these organisations is the ambition to make an impact on society. With our partners we share knowledge, expertise and competencies, and we also learn from them.

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Partnership PwC Netherlands & Social Enterprise NL

Wineke Haagsma, Stefan Panhuijsen (Social Enterprise NL) and Bert van Son (MUD Jeans) on the value of social enterprises and the collaboration with PwC.

Social enterprises

Social Enterprise NL

We are one of the founding partners of Social Enterprise NL, and we have extended our partnership again. Social Enterprise NL is a nationwide platform which unifies and represents social enterprises, shares knowledge and works on acknowledgement and recognition.

Social enterprises are an important pillar in the transition to the Impact Economy. They take the lead and show that it is possible. We are proud that we can accelerate this movement through the collaboration with Social Enterprise NL.

Social Enterprise NL is very much looking forward to the coming years to make even more impact together with PwC. Mark Hillen of Social Enterprise NL: “Over the past 9 years, PwC has shown that it is of great added value to the development of the social enterprise movement, both through direct support to entrepreneurs and through ecosystem-enhancing initiatives such as research into the relationship between municipalities and social enterprises. We are therefore very proud and grateful that we can extend this collaboration.”

One of the initiatives of Social Enterprise NL is the development of the Social Entrepreneurship Code that aims to enhance the acknowledgement and recognition of social enterprises towards customers, financiers and other business partners. We were involved in the realisation of this code and we perform assessments to ascertain if social enterprises qualify for the Code in order to be entered in the register that is linked to the Code.


We are launching partner of Ashoka in the Netherlands. Ashoka aims to stimulate and support the most innovative entrepreneurial solutions to the social and environmental challenges we face today.

Buy Social

We are partner of Buy Social. This network advises organisations who want to purchase products or services from social enterprises.

Nyenrode Business University

We contribute to the workshops of Nyenrode’s basic and advanced course on Social Entrepreneurship. To make this course accessible for social enterprises, we provide scholarships for them. We also, together with Nyenrode, conduct research into the social enterprise sector.

Responsible business

MVO Nederland

We are a partner of the Centre of Excellence for Dutch companies that supports corporate social responsibility by developing and sharing knowledge regarding the circular economy and sustainable development.


We are a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a global CEO-led organization of over 200 leading international companies. The organization aims to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world. We contribute to research and events of this organization about sustainability reporting.


The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development defends the interests of institutional and private investors who wish to contribute to sustainable development. VBDO, together with PwC, publishes the Tax Transparency Benchmark, an investigation into the way listed companies report on their tax policy.


Blue City

Blue City is a Rotterdam based circular incubator network for innovative social enterprises that link together their residue streams. The result is an ecosystem in which the waste of one social enterprise constitutes the raw material for another. PwC shares knowledge and expertise with Blue City and contributes to building a regional network of large and small companies that operate, or aim to operate, sustainably.  


Madaster is a social enterprise whose mission it is to eliminate waste by providing materials with an identity. Madaster collects information about (used) materials in buildings and their origin in the Netherlands, in order to stimulate and facilitate re-usage. We assessed the building materials of our Amsterdam Office, in order to create a so called ‘material passport’ of the building.

Plastic Whale

We are a partner of Plastic Whale that aims to remove plastic waste from waterways and re-use it for new products. One of the boats they use to clean the canals in Amsterdam has been sponsored by PwC and is made partly of plastic waste from PwC offices.


Giving Back

Giving Back supports ambitious school pupils and students, mainly from non-western migration origin, with their study and career choice. We offer these students part-time jobs and we provide coaches for them.


AIESEC is an international student organization that offers opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills. Together with AIESEC we set up a project to create work experience places for refugees with a residence permit (‘statushouders’). The Dutch government has labelled this project as best practice in the context of ‘Social Return on Investment’, the social requirements in public procurement in the area of deploying people with disadvantage at the labour market.

Contact us

Wineke Haagsma

Wineke Haagsma

Head of Corporate Sustainability, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)65 170 13 44

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