1987-1999 National Ombudsman
2000-2013 Member of the Council of State
2015-2016 Chairman of the investigative committees on confiscation settlement ('Teeven deal')
'Why I said yes when asked to sit on the Board of Trustees of the foundation? Simple: because I believe it is important that companies behave in a socially responsible manner. In recent years, the attention for corporate social responsibility has grown enormously. And rightly so: we should expect companies, and certainly very large concerns like Volkswagen, to pay attention to the interests of their customers as well as, for example, the environment.'
'With its cheating software, VW deliberately misled and injured consumers. Consumers thought they were buying a clean diesel car, but actually bought a pig in a poke: a serious polluter with a lower residual value. A pig in a poke that may also experience problems during periodic roadworthiness tests. VW has also deliberately misled governments by failing to comply with the applicable emission regulations. Although incidentally, you might also claim that these same authorities have failed in their enforcement activities, thus allowing this to happen for so long.'
‘The fact that Volkswagen has stubbornly defended itself in the face of these accusations and has categorically rejected all claims in Europe so far, does not make this any better. All in all, plenty of reason to take on the company. The advantage of a collective claim is of course that you are much stronger together. Volkswagen can not just get away with this.'