Our ambition is to run a financially healthy business by putting our intelligence into practice with clients and partners in creating a positive impact on people, our living environment and the economy. We do this for example by designing smarter cities, airports, ports and buildings; making them more environmentally friendly and healthier. We are reinventing industries producing clean energy and fresh water by using smart data and digitising information flows and models. We drive inclusive sustainable development with our clients in areas that we master and can actively influence.

Our purpose is to Enhance Society Together. Enhancing Society Together is integral to the way in which we unlock our full potential. During 2017, we started the process to refine and focus our CSR 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. This process is expected to be concluded in 2018.

Corporate social responsibility

Making our contribution relevant and actionable

To embed Enhancing Society Together, our contribution to inclusive sustainable development, in our daily practice, we use 4 Questions. These questions guide our conversations to determine our added value for society, be in our own operations or in projects.

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.”

Products & Services

Our biggest contribution to inclusive sustainable development comes from integrating new ideas, technology, innovations and sustainability into our products and services. More and more, we connect the digital with the real world. Working together with our clients and partners, we use data and algorithms to translate insights into foresights. Combined with our expertise we can help our clients to define, solve or even prevent problems. Together with our clients we adapt and learn from latest technologies to grow our societal intelligence. We invest in our people, innovation and technologies to efficiently integrate sustainability into our (engineering) assignments. In addition, if and when required or possible, we actively contribute to enhancing the communities who live and work in the surroundings of our project locations.

Through our products and services, together with our clients and partners, we focus our contribution on Sustainable Development Goals that we can actively influence:

SDG6: Clean water and sanitationSDG7: Affordable and clean energySDG9: Industry, innovation and infrastructureSDG11: Sustainable cities and communitiesSDG12: Responsible consumption and productionSDG13: Climate actionSDG17: Partnerships for the goals


Sustainable and efficient management of our operation reduces risks and helps to ensure long term continuity of our business. Together with our partners, we aspire to contribute to a selective set of  Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG4: Quality educationSDG8: Decent work and economic growthSDG13: Climate actionSDG17: Partnerships for the goals

We operate in a variety of cultural, social and business environments. We fundamentally believe that society can only be served when all stakeholders act ethically and adhere to the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact. These principles are embedded in our daily business through our Code of Business Principles.

The detail of our ambition will be refined during 2018 and aims to include a measurement framework. We will closely follow the updates on the global CSR/SDG measurement framework which is currently being created by GRI and UN SDG.

Corporate Responsibility in the Annual Report

Our commitment to integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability into all our business activities, and the progress we have made during 2017, is described in Royal HaskoningDHV’s Annual Report

See how we enhanced society together in our projects