Madaster strives for social impact. In order to secure this ambition Madaster has been organised in 2 independent organisations since its inception in 2017: Madaster Foundation and Madaster Services. The Dutch non-profit foundation with a public status (ANBI) called Stichting Madaster Foundation provides independent supervision of the realisation of the objective of Madaster. The company Madaster Services focuses on the Madaster Platform, which it develops, markets and manages.
In the vision of the Madaster Foundation, waste from the built environment can be eliminated by giving materials an identity through a materials passport. Madaster Foundation has signed a partnership agreement with Madaster Services to ensure that social impact is and remains central to Madaster. The formal objective of this agreement is as follows: “The registration, organization, documentation, storage and exchange of data regarding any materials, components and products used in the (built) environment should be facilitated to such extent that the material consumption of the economy can last for future generations through circularity and the circular economy. Identification information about materials registered must be available for individuals, businesses, organizations, science, education, NGO’s, governments, etc. as efficiently as possible through a sustainable service that is compliant with data privacy and security requirements”. Madaster Foundation has a global focus and has formal partnerships with local sister organisations in the countries where Madaster Services operates. Read more about the Madaster Foundation at www.madasterfoundation.org.
Madaster Foundation has outsourced the development and management of the Madaster Platform to an executive service company: Madaster Services. In this way, financial stability can be created to facilitate functional and geographical development, as well as market-based remuneration for employees and capital providers. Madaster Services manages the platform in the areas of technical development, operational processes, administration, communication and user support.
Madaster Services is transparent in its pricing policy (based on the so-called cost price plus principle) and makes no distinction between different users (the so-called level playing field pricing). Madaster Services consists of an implementing organisation per country where the platform is operational.
Ownership and supervision
Madaster Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation with directors and an independent supervisory board. The foundation owns the image and trademark rights of Madaster. Madaster Services is a multi-entity company active at home and abroad. The company has several shareholders and has been made possible by a grant from the European Commission and a large-scale crowdfunding campaign. The supervisory structure between Madaster Foundation and Madaster Services ensures that data remains strictly user-owned and cannot be used to maximise profits, but always to support the social impact as laid down in the articles of association and contracts of the various Madaster organisations.