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Foundation for Pension funds, Work and (Re)Integration (PWRI) wants to stimulate businesses to include rather than exclude people. This is called ‘inclusive enterprise’. PWRI is working together with Locus and the hallmark Social Enterprise Performance Ladder (PSO).

PSO
The Social Enterprises Performance Ladder (PSO) is a practical and objective instrument as well as a stimulant for large and small organizations that (want to) do business in a more socially responsible way. The instrument was developed by TNO and is used to make the contribution of employers to the employment of people with a vulnerable labor market position concrete, measurable and visible. For more information read below or visit www.pso-nederland.nl

Frequently asked questions
  1. How is my company’s position in the Inclusiveness Portfolio determined?
    Your company’s willingness and desire to be certified by PSO and/or climb the PSO Ladder are determining factors. If this accurately reflects your company’s aspirations, chances are the PWRI will include your company in the portfolio.
  2. Will my company be included in the Inclusiveness Portfolio for an indefinite period?
    No, the portfolio contains a maximum of 50 companies. The selection is based on PSO certification.
  3. How can I register with PSO and what must I do after that?
    The PSO application process is described step-by-step in the factsheet 'Working with the PSO (in Dutch)‘.
  4. How much extra money will PWRI invest in my company?
    This varies for each company. For more information, contact PWRI at n.pattavina@bestuursbureaupwri.nl.
  5. Where can I go as an employer if I have any questions about inclusive enterprise?
    You can email all your questions about inclusive enterprise to n.pattavina@bestuursbureaupwri.nl.
PSO
The Social Enterprises Performance Ladder (PSO) is a practical and objective instrument as well as a stimulant for large and small organizations that (want to) do business in a more socially responsible way. The instrument was developed by TNO and is used to make the contribution of employers to the employment of people with a vulnerable labor market position concrete, measurable and visible.

The PSO is user-friendly and was developed by the leading Dutch Research Organization TNO, in close cooperation with organizations in a number of sectors. It recognizes employers in the Netherlands that have made above-average social contributions. A growing number of companies in the Netherlands is asking for the inclusion of social clauses in B2B – business to business – procurement. Certified organizations include Philips, as well as a number of companies in the construction and healthcare sectors.

The PSO also encourages other organizations to undertake more socially responsible business. Our goal is to solve social problems by encouraging more social entrepreneurship and by helping more people with a vulnerable labor market position and/or people with a disability to become permanently active in mainstream organizations.

Unique
  • The PSO works with standards based on TNO’s Employers’ Survey of Labor
  • One generic model for all regular employers (large, small, all industries and SMEs).
  • Primarily intended to provide an insight into the performance of organizations. It is therefore not an ISO-type management system.
  • Growth model/ ladder approach.
  • Distinctive, independent review, not complicated and low administrative burden.
PSO measures actual contributions:
  1. Quantity
  2. Quality
Quantity
Direct contribution: individuals with a vulnerable labor market position working at organizations, proportionate to the total workforce. Indirect contribution: purchase or outsource work to other companies with PSO recognition and / or sheltered workshops. This is also called chain stimulation. Weighted direct contribution (weighting): Starting position for intake. Weekly scope (number of hours). Type of employment (employment, secondment, work placement, etc.).

Qualitative assessment
Companies/organizations must comply with minimum quality requirements and complete a checklist:
  • suitable work
  • integration
  • performance and development
  • accompaniment
The companies are largely free to choose how they meet these criteria.

Audit
The companies/organizations that comply with the requirements will be certified by PSO. During an audit, a calculation tool and checklist are tested to display the actual contribution of the company/organization and whether it has achieved steps 1, 2 or 3. If an organization cannot meet the requirements of step 1, for any given reason, it can submit a plan specifying how it will achieve step 1 within two year. During these years, the company will be granted ‘aspirant status’ on the PSO Ladder. After these years, another audit will be performed to measure and understand which steps have been taken to achieve a sustainable and more social way of doing business.