Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2023)
17.6 milion
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2016)
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2016)
No data
Organization-based (ILO, 2016)
No data

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit

Total volunteering by type

Total volunteering by age group

Total volunteering by gender

Direct volunteering by gender

Organization-based volunteering by gender

Measurement work

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  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
    • Time Use Survey
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
    • Social Survey
  • 2016
    • Labour Force Survey
  • 2017
    • Social survey
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022
  • 2023
  • 2024

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?

No data

VNR Reporting

Report on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

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Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 11

However, the majority of social services for vulnerable groups are provided by volunteer organisations which are largely funded through government grants.

Paragraph 2, page 36

The Netherlands ranks high on reducing poverty, holding the top spot in Europe, and also performs well internationally in reducing inequality (SDG 10) thanks to low income disparity and a high level of social cohesion and civic participation. In the new Leave-No-One-Behind (LNOB) Index in the Europe Sustainable Development Report, the Netherlands ranks sixth out of 31 European countries. However, wealth (as opposed to income) inequality is high in the Netherlands, compared to other European countries. People trust each other and the government, but in recent years they have been spending less time with family and friends or doing voluntary work. 

Paragraph 3, page 63

The SDGs Commission has been active in engaging local stakeholders in society, including individuals, families and communities, interest organizations, and religious institutions, civil society, academia, the media, voluntary associations, the private sector, industry, parliament and higher councils of state in support of and to spur on their agency to actively contribute and drive SDG implementation.

Paragraph 4, page 67

Currently, with two coral nurseries that grows six different coral structure, the empowered youth volunteers, are planting corals, doing underwater clean-ups at popular beaches and give presentations to other kids creating a generation of environmentalists, conservationists and create more knowledge about marine life.

Paragraph 5, page 85

Dushi Challenge Kòrsou encouraged the community of Curaçao to grow their own sweet potatoes. Dushi Challenge Korsou organized the distribution of sweet potato cuttings together with a group of volunteers among residents of Curacao.

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