View on impact
Our social impact report has been published!
More than 5 million people benefit from Rabobank Foundation’s support worldwide, according to our most recent social impact study. Abroad, we reach almost 4.7 million farmers via the cooperatives and organisations that we support. And we reach almost 450,000 people in the Netherlands as well. This shows the scale and the range of our work.
We began studying our impact several years ago, and this is the third time that we have published a report on our activities. We base our research on information that the organisations provide by means of detailed questionnaires sent each year. We also conduct case studies in which we talk to the people whom benefit from our support. In this case two HAS-students conducted a research in Kenya and employees of ZOdIEZiJN en Radio509 talk about their activities.
Self-reliance, what does it mean?
Self-reliance is a broad term. To be able to measure the impact of our work, we have specified it. We are looking at self-reliance on two levels: on the level of the organisations we support and de people who eventually benefit from it.
In the Netherlands we focus on paid and/or useful work, financial self-reliance and disabled sport. We measure amongst others how many people get access to education, work and sport activities. Abroad we examine if savings and credit organisations or producer organisations operate efficiently and professionally. We study their members’ confidence, their growth and financial position. We also take into account the number of different services which have been provided to the members and de prices paid to the farmers.
Measuring Impact: an ongoing process
Over the coming years, we aim to continue our research into our impact, and to improve upon it, in part because we ourselves want to become a better organisation. The goal of our impact analysis is not only to account for our spending: it also helps us refine our own policies.