Assessment process

Self-assessment

Companies who are part of the regular research group and have a publicly accessible annual report are requested to fill in a self-assessment. Based on the questionnaire within the self-assessment tool, the participating companies are able to assess themselves on their CSR performances. After a check the self-assessments are used to assign the scores. If the organization has not filled in the self-assessment, the assigned research team of EY will determine your score.
When you submit the self-assessment before 1 July 2021, you will receive a personal analysis of your score on the Transparancy Benchmark 2021.

Opportunity for commentary

After the provisional scores have been set, a company can comment on the score by using the e-tool (in case a company disagrees with the outcome). After this commentary round, EY will handle the comments and the final scores will be determined by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Correspondence with the panel of experts

When, after this, you still disagree with the (final) score, you can make use of a special procedure. During the entire benchmarking process, and after the final scores are determined and announced, you can inform the Ministry that you disagree with parts of the process. You can do this by e-mail:
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Mrs. Monique Boon
transparantiebenchmark@minezk.nl

The Ministry is supported in dealing with the objections by the independent panel of experts.

Panel of experts & jury

The quality of the 20 highest scoring annual reports is then further evaluated by a panel of experts who can make minor adjustments to the scores. Afterwards the 3 highest scoring annual reports will be submitted to the jury, which selects the winner. Thus, the final score of a company is the result of the self-assessment, EY’s analysis of the response on the questionnaire completed by the companies, the assessment of the top 20 performed by the panel of experts, the choice of the winner (by the panel of experts) from 3 nominees proposed by a jury and the official adoption of the final scores by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The Ministry is supported in dealing with the objections by the independent panel of experts.

Panel of experts & jury
The quality of the 20 highest scoring annual reports is then further evaluated by a panel of experts who can make minor adjustments to the scores. Afterwards the 3 highest scoring annual reports will be submitted to the jury, which selects the winner. Thus, the final score of a company is the result of the self-assessment, EY’s analysis of the response on the questionnaire completed by the companies, the assessment of the top 20 performed by the panel of experts, the choice of the winner (by the panel of experts) from 3 nominees proposed by a jury and the official adoption of the final scores by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.