The government finds it important that companies are transparent about their social responsibility activities and policies. Therefore, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy carries out a bi-annual study, known as the Transparency Benchmark. This study is held amongst the largest companies in the Netherlands and aims to measure their transparency in reporting on corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Normally, in the odd years, the Transparency Benchmark forms the basis for the Cristal Prize. This prize is awarded to the company that has the best CSR reporting in view of the Transparency Benchmark. In the even years the Cristal Prize goes to the organizations with the most inspiring example of reporting on a specific theme. However, last year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no Crystal Prize ceremony. Instead, there was an online Crystal event of which the theme fitted the current situation well. This year, the Transparency Benchmark as well as the Crystal Prize ceremony will take place again.


Digital Crystal event in November

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
We have decided to postpone the Crystal Prize award to 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, we will organise a digital Crystal event in November, with programming that will correspond closely with the present situation in both form and content. .

2018 Crystal Prize for transparency awarded to PLUS and Philips

Winners of the Chrystal Prize 2018
On 29 November 2018, two organisations were named the winner of the 2018 Crystal Prize: PLUS and Philips. They both excel in terms of chain transparency, according to their annual corporate social responsibility reports

Nominees Crystal Prize 2018 announced

Crystal Prize Award
Monday, October 22, 2018
Four organizations have been nominated for the Crystal Prize (Kristalprijs) 2018 on the theme of Chain Transparency.