Committing to sustainability
As a collective of engineers, consultants and project managers, Royal HaskoningDHV has a deeply rooted understanding of the physical and social environment. In our everyday work we digitally transform this ingrained knowledge to create efficient designs that both minimize negative environmental impacts and maximize positive social impacts and society’s resilience to climate change.
We recognize that the challenges the world faces need to be addressed urgently, and can only be tackled by enacting systemic change in the way we conduct business. We aim to have a direct impact on society by going beyond the Triple Bottom Line framework:
- From managing stakeholders, to partnering with stakeholders.
- From managing environmental impacts, to improving the environment.
- From saving money, to creating economic value for the community.
Our promise is to ‘Enhance Society Together’ with our clients and other stakeholders through innovation and co-creation. This is a commitment we choose to make; not because we have to, but because we care about shaping our environment so every member of society can lead a dignified life. We have integrated our sustainable business strategy within our overall strategy Strong22 in order to better leverage our key services, technology and innovations as a force for good, and build on the intrinsic motivation of employees.
We deliver on our promise to ‘Enhance Society Together’ by asking ourselves, our clients, and partners our 4 Questions for sustainable growth.Erik Oostwegel: “I see it as our role to keep innovating and bringing future-proof solutions to our clients, helping them to grasp the opportunities these challenges bring. By doing so, we contribute to society. We do that by going beyond the original brief by asking the 4 Questions. We are using them in hundreds of our projects.”
Asking these questions inspires us and our clients to align our desires with the needs of society. In 2015, these needs were embedded in the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. By specifically targeting 9 of these goals we will turn our inspiration into action. We will continue to refine the detail of our ambitions and will complete a framework to measure our progress every year. In doing so, we monitor updates on the global CS / SDG measurement framework created by GRI and UN SDG.
By routinely checking and transparently communicating on the progress of our sustainability efforts, we will fulfil our promise to ‘Enhance Society Together’ and ensure prosperity for all. Read more on our contribution to the SDGs in the Responsible and Sustainable Business Update (see right hand column).