Corporate responsibility

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.
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Enhance Society Together

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.

Eric 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.

Erik Oostwegel CEO
Erik continues: "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.

BrITE Foundation

The BrITE Foundation is a charity fund set up and run by Royal HaskoningDHV’s employees.

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Ecovadis Gold Medal 2022

Ecovadis Gold medal

Universal sustainability ratings provider EcoVadis assessed our Corporate Social Responsibility practices in 2021 and awarded Royal HaskoningDHV Group the Gold medal for the sixth consecutive year.
The company’s Global Supply Chain Rating is highly valued in the industry and illustrates the performance of more than 40,000 companies worldwide rated by EcoVadis. The index places our company in the top 2% of architectural and engineering firms and in the top 5% for overall CSR performance among all businesses rated.

UN Global Compact certificate

UN Global Compact

Royal HaskoningDHV supports the UN Global Compact (UNGC) network since 2008. We embrace the 10 UNGC principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption which are integrated in our Global Code of Business Principles. We actively show our commitment to these principles in our tenders and offers and share our principles on integrity and compliance with suppliers and sub-contractors through e-learning. Our activities are reported annually through our Communication on Progress (COP).
CO2 Prestatieladder certificate

CO2-Performance Ladder (CO2 Prestatieladder)

Our Dutch branch, HaskoningDHV Nederland B.V., is certified for the CO2-Performance Ladder, level 5 (highest level). This certification scheme stimulates CO2-reduction in our operations and in our projects.

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Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) 

In August 2022, the global Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) approved our near- and long-term targets to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within our global operations. The Science Based Targets initiative drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling organizations to set science-based emissions reduction targets. By setting these targets, we are taking responsibility for our climate action and delivering on our purpose of Enhancing Society Together.

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