Erik Oostwegel | Royal HaskoningDHVI am delighted to present our Annual Report for 2014. It describes our progress in developing a strong, sustainable and profitable business: one that plays a leading role in our markets and makes a positive contribution to society through our projects.

We are pleased to announce that we achieved a significantly improved net result of €6.3 million for 2014, compared with a €3.4 million net loss in 2013. The operational result (EBITA recurring) remained stable at €14.7 million.

These results reflect our commitment to build on our strengths. We aligned investment and effort towards developing leading market positions and continue to be recognised as one of the world’s top 50 international design firms.

We are evolving from a Europe-centric company to a transnational organisation. We have focused on excellence within our operations to deliver added value to clients and improve our bottom line success. During the year, we enjoyed positive and sustained support from clients and recorded our highest average score yet in client satisfaction surveys. This is a great achievement and I am proud of the commitment and contribution of our teams across the world.

Our primary role is to provide expert services and products that support clients in achieving their objectives. Increasingly those objectives are intertwined with the wider challenges our world is facing. In 2014, our promise to Enhance Society Together came together around four global challenges: urban, water, transport and industry. You will see throughout this report examples of our smart, innovative and inspiring solutions. And how these relate to one or more of these challenges. 

Throughout our activities and in partnership with our clients and stakeholders, we are committed to contribute to a better world. To do so, we need a strong financial basis from which to operate; we need the best team working on our behalf; we need to develop our leading positions in markets in which we excel; and we need to operate efficiently and effectively on our clients’ behalf. This remains our focus for the future. 

Our strategy is starting to pay off and we intend to lead in our chosen areas of expertise and we look forward with confidence to the years ahead. We hope you enjoy reading about our progress and exploring the many ways in which our work is already making a positive difference in society.

We hope you enjoy reading our report and we welcome your feedback.

Erik Oostwegel
Chairman of the Executive Board