Tilburg University: Fair & Green

Tilburg University is committed to a sustainable society and encourages researchers, teachers, support staff, students, and stakeholders to actively contribute to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Labor practices

  • Gender policy
  • Toffe Peer Award 2014

Employment and labor relations

Tilburg University is fully cognizant of the vital role that employment plays both in the life of the individual worker and in society. The university has a policy of equal treatment of all employees and condemns discrimination, even if unintended. We avoid hiring temporary workers and jobs that are preponderantly temporary in nature.

What are we doing?

  • We only work with organizations that are legally recognized.
  • All suppliers and subcontractors are placed under contractual obligations.
  • Individuals who are engaged by KCS to perform work for the university are subject to the terms and conditions of employment of Tilburg University.
  • When assessing job applications, the final selection of a candidate is made on the basis of suitability for the vacant position; in the event of equal suitability for a position, preference is given to candidates from the target groups of persons with disabilities or of ethnic minorities.
  • In the case of equal suitability for job openings in job categories in which women are underrepresented, preference is given to female candidates.
  • Pursuant to the principles of the Collective Labor Agreement, permanent employment contracts are the standard.
  • Temporary employment contracts are restricted to ‘urgent grounds’.
  • Project to prevent unintended discrimination against women.
  • Workforce reviews have been conducted at various Schools and Services and will be rolled out university-wide in 2014 (comprising coordination of the workforce with short and long-term goals and departmental plans), making it possible to better prepare for future developments and thereby prevent organizational jolts as far as possible.

Recognition through HR logo

From July 2013, the university has been authorized to bear the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers Incorporating the Charter & Code logo (HR logo). This means that the university works in accordance with the 40 principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. This logo further demonstrates the university’s commitment to the fair and transparent recruitment of researchers, and that it offers its academic staff appropriate terms and conditions of employment. The logo additionally is a mark of a stimulating working environment and one that provides opportunities for career advancement. Tilburg University has also drawn up an action plan for the years ahead, setting out a plan of improvement measures to maximize its compliance with the principles set out in the Charter and the Code of Conduct.

Our agreements

The NVP (Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organisation Development) Recruitment Code.

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Working conditions and social protection

Tilburg University offers a social protection plan for situations of unemployment, illness, medical care, and old age. Our working conditions comply with the national laws and regulations. Working conditions and the terms and conditions of employment are required to be reasonable in nature (respecting the provisions of the collective labor agreement).

What we have achieved

Tilburg University offers reasonable terms and conditions of employment and working conditions. We also offer options to work from home and take considerations of psychosocial work pressure into account.

What we are doing

  • We conduct an annual personnel survey to gain insight into employees’ views on working conditions.
  • In the event of illness, university employees are entitled to full continued payment of wages for the first nine months and may not be dismissed.
  • Employees who need medical care are offered various options for taking paid or unpaid leave.
  • Employees whose contract of employment with the university is terminated may be entitled (provided certain conditions are met) to an unemployment benefit under the Unemployment Insurance Act (Werkloosheidswet, WW) and to a supplementary benefit under the Netherlands Universities Enhanced Unemployment Scheme (Bovenwettelijke Werkloosheidsregeling Nederlandse Universiteiten, BWNU).
  • Unemployed former staff members can receive guidance at the Career Center.
  • Older staff members can choose to take a Multi-Option Pension or part-time pension.
  • We have a Fit for the Future policy.
  • Various options are available for customized arrangements with older staff members.
  • We offer options to work from home.
  • We take considerations of psychosocial work stress into account.
Our agreements

Collective Labor Agreement of Dutch Universities and Dutch laws and regulations.

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Social dialogue

Tilburg University recognizes the value of social dialogue and respects employees’ right to join a labor union or to form their own association. The organization further has regulations for the appointment of representatives and offers these representatives the requisite facilities.

What we are doing

  • Social dialogue is firmly embedded in the organization in the form of various participation bodies.
  • The university is a member of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the sector's employers’ organization.
  • Staff members are free to join labor unions and can apply for reimbursement of the costs of membership, as well as for leave to attend activities. 
  • There are also provisions for leave in connection with membership of such bodies as the Dutch House of Representatives and European Parliament.
  • Procedures for reorganizations are laid down in the Collective Labor Agreement and the Reorganization Protocol.
  • Toffe Peer Award 2014

Our agreements

Reorganization Protocol.

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Occupational health and safety

Tilburg University works to promote and maintain maximum physical, mental, and social wellbeing among its employees, and further aims to prevent any injuries to health arising as a consequence of working conditions. The university has therefore laid down a clear Occupational Health & Safety and Environment policy. This policy provides for a continuous cycle of steps aimed at tracking down any possible negative impacts of university activities on the environment or on working conditions, as well as for reducing these as far as possible while at the same time promoting sustainable developments.

What we are doing

  • Risk Inventory and Evaluation (RI&E) on working conditions.
  • Company emergency response organization.
  • Provisions for computer monitor ergonomics.
  • Health check.
  • Company fitness scheme.
  • Policy for pregnant employees and students.
  • Sufficient training of employees, in areas including knowledge of software like Anti-RSI software and health and safety risks.
  • Active policy for students with a disability.
  • Provisions for desktop modifications.
  • Clear safety rules for contractors.
  • Information and instruction for students on what to do in an emergency, and on Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)and arm, neck and shoulder complaints (CANS).
  • Provisions for people with occupational disabilities.

Our agreements

Collective Labor Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities,  Dutch laws and regulations and the Accessibility Guide.

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Personal development and training at work

Tilburg University wishes to give all employees the scope to develop their skills, participate in training programs and courses, and to advance their careers on an equal-opportunity and non-discriminatory basis. We organize various labor management programs for this purpose, which are designed to promote employee health and wellbeing. We also offer assistance to former employees in the form of training, advice, and help with finding a new job.

What we are doing

  • Employees are entitled to three career development interviews per year.
  • Employees are entitled to two days devoted to career development per year.
  • Tilburg University’s Career Center offers courses oriented toward career development (e.g. Career Pitstop).
  • There are regulations on training facilities (in Dutch) for employees.
  • Current and former employees of Tilburg University qualify as internal candidates for job openings at the university.
  • Employees subject to reassignment are given explicit priority for job vacancies at Tilburg University.
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