Winner 2016

Alliander has received the Crystal Prize, the top honour of the Transparency Benchmark. Second place went to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, and Dutch railway company NS came in at number three. This is the seventh time the prize has been awarded. The initiative is part of the Transparency Benchmark (TB).

A bold winner

The jury awarded the Crystal Prize to Alliander because social policy and dilemmas are regular topics of discussion within the company's Management and Supervisory Boards. They are strongly committed to this in the long term and question the focus on increasing capacity. The goal of being carbon neutral by 2023 is a bold one. Alliander is also leading the way by exploring other avenues of long-term value creation. The jury would like to see more companies take up this trend in the future. Furthermore, Alliander not only engages in transparent reporting on its social performance, but actively involves its stakeholders in this policy as well. Notably, stakeholders who are close to the organisation have a greater voice in the identification of material issues. This form of innovation likewise demonstrates a focus on society that the jury is pleased to honour with the Crystal Prize.

Second and third prize

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol came in second place. The airport is addressing a number of highly tangible dilemmas regarding the airport’s future position, and also explains its own views in this matter. The jury admired the accessible design and the way in which insight into the value creation process was provided. This earned Schiphol the innovation prize last year.

Third place went to NS for its efforts to accept accountability for issues that did not go well during the past year, and not to shy away from difficult topics. In the report, the NS Management Board and Supervisory Board demonstrate an awareness of issues that offer room for improvement.

Most innovative

This year Heineken N.V. had the most innovative annual report with its value creation model. Heineken specifies where it buys the products it needs, and states the geographic origin of its various types of capital. The company's report also stood out from others by identifying the dilemmas Heineken faces in high-risk countries.

Fastest rise in benchmark rankings

UMCG saw the fastest rise in the 2016 Transparency Benchmark ratings, moving up 118 spots from 197th to 79th.

Read the jury report with the complete rankings.

The prize for CSR reporting is an initiative of The Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants (NBA) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. With the Transparency Benchmark and the Crystal Prize, the Ministry aims to stimulate and improve corporate social reporting on a broad scale.