Support Inclusive European Legislation
In 2022, Solidaridad Europe helped to put in place regulatory frameworks and supporting policies to ensure products sold at the European market are produced in a sustainable way.
Create Impactful Corporate Partnerships
As a result of our work, 51 partners have improved their sustainability policies or practices.
Activate European citizens to demand an economy that works for everybody
We activated 173 thousand citizens to demand an economy in which goods originating from the Global South are produced sustainably.
Collaborating with donors
We have been able to achieve this, thanks to our donors, particularly the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who contributed all together over 38 million euros income for Solidaridad Europe in 2022.
Developing mutually beneficial partnerships
Our impact in 2022
Solidaridad Europe generates support and commitments for making international value chains more sustainable, with a focus on improving the livelihoods of farmers, miners and workers in producing countries beyond Europe’s borders. Developing mutually beneficial partnerships is the single most important aspect of our work in Europe. As such, we partner with hundreds of players across global value chains, from donors and companies to knowledge institutes and civil society organizations. With offices in the Netherlands and Germany and partnerships in various European countries, there are ample opportunities for us to explore.
Change that Matters Stories
In its current form, the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive fails to consider the issues experienced by millions of smallholder farmers at the beginning of agricultural value chains worldwide. How can this potentially ground-breaking directive better equip companies in Europe to support smallholders to become part of a more sustainable value chain?
As the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU were negotiating a compromise on the EU regulation on deforestation free products, Solidaridad joined other civil society organizations in calling upon them to maintain a high level of ambition and refrain from any harmful trade offs.
Endemic sustainability issues within global cocoa supply chains, including child labour and deforestation will continue unless efforts are coupled with the payment of a higher farmgate price for cocoa, according to the 2022 Cocoa Barometer. The report finds that a combination of public policies, private sector purchasing practices, and agricultural solutions are needed.
The pivotal role of smallholders in the palm oil sector, currently contributing to around 30% of global production, is often overlooked in the sustainability agenda, as policies tend to focus on large industrial plantations. Supply chain-wide smallholder inclusion is crucial for sustainable palm oil production.
Organization & Governance
We recruited and onboarded many new colleagues in the course of 2022, and 17 new employees joined. We are happy to see that they all landed well in their teams, and we are looking forward to seeing them grow and blossom at our organization. The goal of the diversity policy is that Solidaridad’s staff should reflect the European population wherever possible.
Solidaridad has its own salary structure, which is based on job descriptions. The tasks and responsibilities are described per job function. The functions are weighed on the basis of the following four characteristics: knowledge and experience, independence, social skills and risks, responsibility and influence. Solidaridad’s salary policy follows that of the Dutch government.
In 2022 zero integrity breaches were reported. The employee survey showed an overall score of 83% on Integrity and values, with 95% of staff indicating they feel they can raise any concern they have, and 97% indicating they would report a breach known to them. This suggests the integrity system is working and staff feel they have a safe place to work. Nonetheless, we will continue to improve upon building a moral compass that provides a safe place to work and enables safe participation in our projects.
Analysis of the results for 2022 in comparison to 2021 and the budget for 2022
The total income in 2022 was Euro 38,056,758; an increase of Euro 4,835,737 compared to 2021. Income from subsidies decreased by Euro 3,074,661 compared to 2021, and was Euro 1,431,402 higher than budgeted. Income from other fundraising increased by Euro 7,910,398 compared to last year, and was Euro 8,352,356 higher than budgeted.
The total expenditure in 2022 was Euro 38,135,212, which is Euro 5,012,152 higher than in 2021, and Euro 9,290,211 higher than budgeted. Of the total expenditure, Euro 37,084,015 was spent directly on our objectives. The cost of interest and investments was Euro 87,196. This has led to a negative result of Euro 165,649 in the statement of income and expenditure in 2022, where 2021 had a result of Euro 139,789. The result of 2022 is partially affected by the reserves for financing assets and innovations, leading to an addition of Euro 153,757 to the continuity reserve.
The full audited annual statements of 2022 can be found below.