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Development through sustainable enterprise

English abstract of SER advisory report Ontwikkeling door duurzaam ondernemen (2011/10)


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A mature private sector is a critical factor for countries wishing to take advantage of globalisation.
Effective economic cooperation with developing countries should therefore focus on promoting local enterprise as the driver of sustainable growth and decent work, including the enabling environment.

Through international corporate social responsibility Dutch companies can make a significant contribution to sustainable growth in developing countries, in close cooperation with the social partners and civil society organisations.
Specific measures implemented within the context of development cooperation policy can increase the impact of this contribution.


In this advisory report, the Social and Economic Council discusses these measures.
It prepared the report in response to a request for advice from the Dutch Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Ben Knapen, dated 15 March 2011.