We are involved in several programmes of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI). CBI was an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that became part of RVO in 2015. These are some of our activities for RVO and CBI:

Programme management support

We help programme managers design and implement programmes. Currently we provide support to CBI’s cocoa programme in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Training and coaching on sustainable business

For CBI, we provide training and coaching on sustainable business to companies in developing countries, such as Egypt, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Pakistan. We help them develop ambitious CSR strategies.

Child labour risk assessments

We conduct risk assessments for companies that apply for RVO’s Fund against Child Labour (FBK). This fund helps businesses that (1) want to carry out research into the root causes of child labour and seek to take measures to prevent it in their international supply chains, and (2) are taking measures to prevent child labour in their own organisation.

Facilitation of workshops and conferences

For CBI, we chair meetings on many different sectors, such as cotton, fish and seafood, motion control, garments, footwear, tea, honey, processed fruits and vegetables, and natural ingredients for health products. We also facilitate CBI peer groups, bringing together representatives from the European private sector (importers, wholesalers, retailers etc.), trade associations, research institutions and sector experts to share views and experiences on key market and trade trends and developments.

Tailored intelligence for companies in developing countries

Rupa Ganguli and Bart Slob did research on the market opportunities for shapewear and beachwear from Colombia, as part of CBI’s portfolio of tailored intelligence product on export opportunities to European markets. CBI produces general market intelligence studies for about 25 sectors.


Workshop with Egyptian and Jordanian CSR experts. Photo: Bart Slob

Visiting a home textiles manufacturer in Giza, Egypt. Photo Bart Slob

CSR training with cocoa cooperatives and exporters in Sierra Leone. Photo: Bart Slob

CBI conference on trade promotion. Photo: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Workers at a bed linen manufacturer in Giza, Egypt. Photo: Bart Slob

CBI peer group on tea. Photo: Bart Slob

CSR training for Egyptian engineering companies. Photo: Bart Slob

CBI peer group on processed fruit and vegetables. Photo: Bart Slob