Social involvement is for everyone
Marius Touwen initiated the establishment of Zorg van de Zaak Foundation in 2014. ‘Over five years later, the Foundation has achieved a lot, but there is a lot to do in the world. ‘I understand that some people are now giving up hope, but if everyone does that, it’s the beginning of the end.
Why did you decide to set up the Foundation?
I have always had a strong feeling that you have to give away some of what you earn. Of course I could have transferred all the shares of Zorg van de Zaak Netwerk to my children. But I was looking for a construction that could make a continious difference. This has been realized. The Foundation has 25% of the shares of Zorg van de Zaak Netwerk.
You could also support charities.
Sure. Before the establishment of Foundation, we were sponsor of Doctors without Borders. Their vision is very much in line with that of Zorg van de Zaak Netwerk. Doctors without Borders also became the customer of Zorg van de Zaak Netwerk. But not much later they suddenly chose a cheaper occupational health and safety service. Then we stopped sponsoring and started looking for a better construction.
Is social involvement in veins of Zorg van de Zaak Netwerk?
I speak to a lot of people who think it is important that Zorg van de Zaak Netwerk always makes an extra effort for others; so on top of the social task that we are already playing.
Has the Foundation been successful so far?
Yes. I love what has been achieved. I also see that the board has always worked carefully. Sometimes rules for financing are interpreted very black and white. But a lot has been done.
While the Foundation is successful, the poverty gap in Western countries becomes bigger.
I think that’s terrible. And it is also a democratic process. In the United States, President Trump is dismantling ‘Obamacare’. It makes me even more combative. I understand that some people are now giving up hope, but we should not do that.
Is there a permanent role for the Foundation in the future?
Absolutely. Zorg van de Zaak Netwerk is a commercial care company with a social task. That includes giving something to the people. Without condition and on top of what you do anyway. That is what we stand for.