Most transparent about sustainability for third year in a row
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December 19, 2014
Out of all the Dutch knowledge and research institutes, Wageningen UR is the most transparent with regard to sustainability in its education and research programmes and its operational management. In 2014, Wageningen UR topped the Transparency Benchmark leader-board for the third year in a row. The Transparency Benchmark, a project run by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, was published on 20 November 2014.
Despite the tighter criteria, Wageningen UR rose by 14 places to finish at 52 in the general rankings. In the category Universities and University Medical Centres, Wageningen UR was the front-runner, repeating its achievement of 2012 and 2013.
Transparency BenchmarkIn its annual report for 2013, Wageningen UR explained its vision of sustainability and corporate social responsibility and set out its strategy to achieve it. Research, education and operational management were all measured against a sustainability yardstick and explained in detail in the report in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative. Wageningen UR scored 153 points on a scale of 200 on the Transparency Benchmark 2014.
Higher up the transparency ladderWageningen UR scored higher than its fellow-institutes on almost all counts. ‘Even so, we intend to climb higher up the transparency ladder,’ says Fennet van de Wetering, Sustainability Coordinator at Wageningen UR. ‘For example, by communicating on the impact Wageningen UR has on its surroundings. Dialogue with our stakeholders and the link with the strategic plan will, of course, continue to be important.’