Who will receive the 2018 Crystal Prize?
The award of this year's Crystal Prize will be based on applications instead of the Transparency Benchmark. Eligible submissions should be rousing, pioneering best practices of transparency in corporate social reporting.
2018 Crystal Prize theme: chain transparency
Whereas many organisations report partly or fully transparent chains, others still struggle to achieve chain responsibility and transparency. One of the basic principles of CSR is chain transparency, which is included in such directives as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
What level of transparency do organisations provide on the chains in which they are engaged, on the potential risks for the company, and on the direct and indirect risks for people, the environment and natural capital? The winner of the 2018 Crystal Prize will be the organisation that best represents a rousing example of chain transparency.
Who could apply?
Eligible contestants for the Crystal Prize are organisations in the Netherlands that report on their CSR activities publicly. While the Transparency Benchmark research group may nominate itself, we expressly invited accountants, communication specialists, journalists and others to report best practices as well.
Applications could be submitted until midnight on 7 September.
After a panel of experts has made an initial selection, the Crystal jury will pick a champion.
Crystal Prize award ceremony in late November
The Crystal Prize will be awarded in Antropia in Driebergen on November the 29th. This event will also include workshops on the theme of chain transparency.
This prize is a joint initiative by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants (NBA). The contest is organised by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl).
New format for Transparency Benchmark
As of 2018, the Transparency Benchmark will be biennial. The next Transparency Benchmark will take place in 2019. The updated criteria will emerge in November 2018, focusing more on chain transparency and the Sustainable Development Goals.