Employees in the Netherlands raised money to donate 100 holidays to spend time providing technical expertise in the areas affected by typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. We set up a construction planning and control department, project control system and provided guidance on building 20,000 new homes safely, sustainably and cost effectively.
Around 600 staff from the Infrastructure group have been involved with activities in the city of Utrecht, assisting with a range of projects, from painting a school to helping in a homeless shelter. Several Saturday Schools were organised for less fortunate children in South Africa and in the Netherlands.
In the United Kingdom, we set up a 12-month partnership with Brake to sponsor the charity’s Zak the Zebra community road safety campaign. Joe Burns, spokesperson at Brake, said, “We’re able to send Zak, our mascot, out to local campaigns throughout the country thanks to fantastic support from Royal HaskoningDHV, support that will bring real benefits to communities facing risks of dangerous roads. We look forward to working together through the Zak campaign, making the most of both expertise in transport planning, and the passion for making our roads safer for all.”
In India volunteers from our office in Noida celebrated India’s Independence Day with children at the Grace Care Children’s Home. They organised games, singing and dancing activities and finished by flying kites with the children, an Independence Day tradition symbolising freedom.
Supporting students worldwide
Across the world, our offices have been involved in developing links with universities and creating opportunities for students. For example, five students worked at our Peruvian office in Lima. We supported two students from Oman by offering training on one of our project sites. We have been working closely with the Malaysian branch of Nottingham University, putting forward final year civil engineering projects for students to participate in. Our Maritime & Waterways business has provided traineeships to local students, including two from Myanmar studying at the Myanmar Maritime University who received training on structural engineering and master planning for port projects.
In Indonesia colleagues hosted a blood donation clinic at our office in Jakarta. Nearly 100 bags of blood were donated over a three-hour period. The event served to increase awareness about giving blood and encouraged people to become donors. We continue to respond to local events where we can.