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The Netherlands

Regional Expertise Centre (REC)

REC The Netherlands works in: The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Main contact: 

't Goylaan 15
3525 AA Utrecht
The Netherlands

tel: +31 (0) 30 2720313
fax: + 31 (0) 30 2720194

Solidaridad the Netherlands was established in 1969. For many years, we worked at building sustainable supply chains worldwide from our office in Utrecht. In 2008 an organizational change was initiated: Solidaridad started to build up a global network with 9 regional expertise centres (RECs).

Solidaridad network

The aim of the Solidaridad network is to shift the centre of gravity of our organization to the South. Projects are no longer coordinated from the Netherlands. Policymaking is jointly done by the 9 RECs. The implementation of that policy is better underpinned by the knowledge and experience of the local REC teams.

Solidaridad the Netherlands focuses on market linkage in the North, development of certification standards, fundraising and campaigning to raise awareness for a sustainable global economy. It has a fundraising- and campaigning-website focussing on a Dutch targetgroup.


If we have vacancies you will find these in our jobs section.


Campaign shows Mars' sustainability

Cocoa manufacturer Mars turned into a leader in sustainability. Together with Solidaridad, Mars campaigned to promote sustainable cocoa in the Netherlands.

Dutch companies support responsible soy

FrieslandCampina, CONO and Keurslagers support responsible soy produced by family farmers in India and Brazil. Solidaridad stimulated these three Dutch companies to do so.

First sustainable supply chain of sugarcane

North Sea Group works with Solidaridad on the first large-scale sustainable supply chain of sugarcane ethanol from Brazil to the Netherlands.

We offer


REC The Netherlands works on sustainable supply chains in close collaboration with Solidaridad's worldwide network of expertise centres and local partners. Together we deliver the following services:

To companies

  • Supporting companies to implement corporate social responsibility (CSR) related to sourcing in developing countries.
  • Developing sustainable business concepts in order to broaden the marketplace for sustainable products from developing countries.
  • Supporting sustainable business initiatives with marketing and communication to inform business partners and consumers.


  • Developing certification standards for sustainable production and fair trade (such as Fair Trade and UTZ CERTIFIED).
  • Seeking dialogue with stakeholders and the public using our knowledge, experience and views on sustainable economic development and corporate social responsibility.


<p>REC The Netherlands is proud to work with partners like:</p>

Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH)

Mission of IDH is the acceleration and up-scaling of sustainability within mainstream commodity markets.


A multinational dairy company owned by the dairy co-operative Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina.


A Danish international fashion label that stands for sustainability in the textile chain.


An independent consumer label for fashion brands that are committed to produce their collection sustainably.


The leading chocolate manufacturer in the world and manufacturer of other food products.

Sara Lee

The market leader in coffee and tea in the Netherlands with a number of prominent consumer brands like Douwe Egberts and Pickwick.


A world-wide certification programme for responsibly farmed coffee, tea, cocoa and palm oil.