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Domain-Transcending Standardisation with Standard Business Reporting (SBR)

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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Standard Business Reporting (SBR) is a widely supported solution for the Dutch (business) society. Standard Business Reporting provides governments and businesses with an unequivocal, cost-effective, secure and adaptable method for the exchange of business information between organisations in a reporting chain.

Before the introduction of SBR, companies were asked by various government agencies to deliver the same information in multiple ways. For the same data definitions, different data sets were used. Thanks to the introduction of SBR similar data sets are being used for similar data definitions, so companies can deliver the requested information with the proverbial click of the mouse. This leaves them with more time to focus on their business.

With Standard Business Reporting (SBR), the Dutch Government and the businesses in the Netherlands have come to an agreement regarding the way accountability information is being reported. This leads to an undisputed set of financial information.


Standardisation

Standardisation within SBR has proved its long-term added value to the participating organisations. Due to the underlying agreements SBR can count on broad support and acceptance among participating organisations and all these parties comply with them strictly. Standardisation (of data, processes and technologies) offers all participating organisations advantages in effectiveness and efficiency.


Transparency

With a system that is based on the standardisation of data, processes and technologies, it delivers a huge contribution to the unambiguous interpretation of financial facts and figures. Tax figures, annual reports or major statistics are all based on the same definitions. This enlarges the financial transparency considerably.


Public-Private Governance

The Dutch government has set the ambition that in 2017 citizens and companies are able to handle all their affairs with the government digitally. In the elaboration of this intention, it soon became clear that businesses are an essential link in the joint realisation of this ambition. Within SBR, public and private parties are working closely together, based on an efficient governance structure, to make the eSociety possible in the Dutch business world. By focusing on the entire chain instead of looking just at their own responsibilities, SBR is a success because of the shared responsibility.


Benchmarking possibilities

The legal requirements for companies to provide information to the government were often seen as a burden. After all, the companies received little or no information in return. Thanks to SBR it is not only possible for the Dutch government to return aggregated information; trade associations, for example, can supply their members with relevant information. Thanks to the exchange of information using SBR, benchmarking is made possible. This makes it even more attractive for companies to use SBR, knowing that they can compare their own results to their competitors. Thanks to the digitalisation of the information exchange, companies get information faster and more reliable information than before. As a result they can respond quicker to observed changes.

Award info
Award category: the public sector as partner for a better society - european, national and regional level
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2015
Project type
Sector: cross-sectoral
Type of activity:
Keywords: Administrative burden reduction, digital single market, openness and interoperability, standards, digital reporting, compliance, transparency, benchmarking, reliable data, public-private governance
Short English description: Standard Business Reporting (SBR) is a widely supported solution for the Dutch (business) society. Standard Business Reporting provides governments and businesses with an unequivocal, cost-effective, secure and adaptable method for the exchange of business information between organisations in a reporting chain.
Further information
Organisation: Logius, the Digital Government Service of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.sbr-nl.nl/english-site/
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Netherlands
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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Domain-Transcending Standardisation with Standard Business Reporting (SBR) (52.0784557, 4.340173999999934)
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