“If you have a lot, you should share a lot.” With this in mind and with the belief that it is important for everyone to participate in work and society, the Zorg van de Zaak Foundation was founded by Marius Touwen in 2015.
In the Netherlands, it is regulated by law that care for employees is delivered by the businesses. The employer provides this care for his employees through Zorg van de Zaak or other parties. In this way they always receive good support on social, psychological, medical or lifestyle area which is paid for by the employer. A privilege that not everyone has and this is precisely what the Zorg van de Zaak Foundation wants to improve.
The goal of the Zorg van de Zaak Foundation is derived from the mission of Zorg van de Zaak: We believe that people are happier when they participate in work and society. Based on this belief, we support programs that provide opportunities to people who do not get enough chances to participate to their full potential in society.
Values that play an important role are:
30 years of experience in development projects at GAIN, Hivos and other organizations, including five years of work experience overseas.
Bärbel Weiligmann has been working in the non-profit sector for twenty years. For five years she lived in several developing countries, where she worked as economic advisor for agricultural projects. Now she has been living in The Netherlands for ten years, where she worked for a Dutch NGO focusing on the sustainability of coffee, cocoa and tea supply chains. At the moment she is working for GAIN a network organization of industry, on finding a solution together with industry to the 'hidden hunger' in the value chain.
25 years of experience in development projects at FAO and Oxfam Novib, of which fifteen years in Africa.
Gine Zwart had been active in the non-profit for her entire career. She worked and lived in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tanzania for the FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Now she works for the international NGO Oxfam, where she is engaged in the global food and agriculture sector and travels widely throughout the world. Besides that she is project coordinator for the Fair Bank Guide at Oxfam.
23 years of management experience including at the Achmea Foundation and Center for Social and Welfare. Also employment expert at Zorg van de Zaak.
Pauline Jansen started working as a board member representing the Workers Council of Zorg van de Zaak. Since 1999 she has been working in the occupational healthcare sector of Zorg van de Zaak and its predecessors. She previously worked as a cultural worker and community worker at a regional caravan center, refugee coordinator and the cluster manager for employment projects. In the period from 2010 to 2012 she was a board member of the Achmea Foundation.
Leo has been employed as Senior Contract Director at Zorg van de Zaak and his predecessors since 1973.
Leo van Veen represents the Workers Council of Zorg van de Zaak (for a period of four years) within the board of the foundation. His paramedical background, his experience with the organization of projects, external customer relationships and knowledge of the internal organization of Zorg van de Zaak are a pleasant addition to the activities of the foundation. In his private life Leo recently was active in the field of aid projects in Gambia and southern Senegal, and in 2016 he supported a project in Madagascar (with support from immediate colleagues).
Susanne is a medical doctor and during her studies she already started volunteering for different organisations.
In 2016, Susanne became involved with the Zorg van de Zaak foundation and helped the board with all kinds of support for over a year. In doing so, she has been able to participate in the discussions during the board meetings, where she had some valuable contributions with some new perspectives from her study and / or field of work. Since August 2017 she officially became a board member.