Ms. Maria Van Der Heijden
Director, CSR Netherlands (MVO Nederland)
From July 1, 2016 Director Director of CSR Netherlands
Maria is the driving force of MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands), Europe’s largest sustainable business network. With over 2500 companies and 60 colleagues she works passionately on sustainable innovations, improving existing value chains and lobby for ambitious CSR policies supporting a sustainable economy.
Maria has over 30 years experience in various sectors of Dutch and international
businesses, both large (Rabobank and Randstad) and medium and smaller companies (Flower auction FloraHolland, Women on Wings). As a responsible CEO, she is experienced and skilled in stakeholder management, governance, revenue models, social entrepreneurship and marketing.
Maria thinks and acts in the interests of people, planet and profit. She is a pragmatic leader and a real connector, linking businesses, organizations and politics. She is results-oriented and goes beyond the existing frameworks.
Maria is co-founder of Women on Wings, a social enterprise that’s aims to co-create one million jobs for women in rural India. The results prove the success; in eleven years’ time 240,300 women have an income and provide their +700,000 children better education and nutrition.
In addition, Maria is Supervisory Board Member of Cono Kaasmakers and Rabobank West-Brabant Noord.