The GSRD Foundation has an independent and professional board representing the corporate, public and philanthropic world

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Organizational structure

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The GSRD Foundation is supervised by a board that consists of members related to G-Star and members external to G-Star. The external members of the board are:

Michiel Steeman is professor in Supply Chain Finance at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. Steeman has broad experience in the world of philanthropy and specifically has on the ground knowledge about setting up, managing and scaling development projects.

Frederik Vossenaar works at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and brings 20 years' experience working for the Agricultural Counsellors Network of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture. He has comprehensive knowledge about setting up public-private partnerships, and sector development.

Frouke Bruinsma is Corporate Responsibility Director for G-Star RAW C.V. and since the set-up closely involved in the daily management of the Foundation.

The board is also supported by a specialised philanthropy advisor:

Rien van Gendt is the former executive director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation and holds many more positions in the world of philanthropy both on national and international level. Van Gendt worked in both public and private sector before joining the Bernard van Leer Foundation. Van Gendt was awarded with the Distinguished Grantmaker Award and received the Compass Prize of the European Foundation Centre for its contribution to the foundation sector.

Board secretarial tasks are carried out by the G-Star Corporate Responsibility Department who has broad knowledge of the social and economic situation in G-Star production countries.

The GSRD  Foundation is member of the Association of Foundations in the Netherlands (known by its Dutch acronym FIN) and follows the code of conduct of the FIN ( In addition, the GSRD Foundation is considered a Public Benefit Institution (known by its Dutch acronym ANBI). 

You can read more about the GSRD Foundation policy and the financial statement here.

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