November 30 saw the action meeting of the National Coalition on Financial Health. Queen Máxima, honorary president of SchuldenlabNL and outgoing Minister for Poverty Policy, Participation and Pensions Carola Schouten gave a speech, just like a year ago, when the NCFG was officially launched. During the networking moments, guests could stop by BioCheck for a stress measurement and content on their own workload capacity.
The NCFG is an initiative of SchuldenlabNL, Deloitte, ING and VNO-NCW, with the aim of forming a partnership between companies and organizations that want to improve the financial health of their employees. And this is badly needed, because 1 in 5 Dutch people have problematic debts.
In the past year, more than 40 companies have joined. A great development, because ’employers can mean a lot when it comes to debt problems,’ explains Ingrid Thijssen, board member of SchuldenlabNL, during her introduction. ‘Moreover, the companies themselves also benefit; employees with debts are sick more often and function less well.’
LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD
As the NCFG enters its second year, it is time to look back at lessons learned and look ahead. This is also the time to hand over the chairmanship. Departing chairman Hans Honig, CEO Deloitte, is proud of the movement that has been set in motion. And of the unique collaboration between private and public parties. ‘Financial health is essential for a healthy and resilient society,’ he emphasizes. ‘But: without reach no impact.’ That reach is heading in the right direction: with more than 40 companies connected, more than 660,000 employees get access to various debt relief interventions. And more companies want to join. So the reach goal of 1 million is approaching.
Want to know more about the NCFG? Check out the NCFG website: www.ncfg.nl