Our projects can have an impact on local communities and the environment at any time during the project cycle. Boskalis promotes prosperity, invests in local communities and prevents and mitigates adverse social and environmental impacts, as part of its corporate social responsibility strategy. Maintaining and optimizing our social license to operate is essential to Boskalis’ business activities and the long-term creation of shared value.
Impact of our activities
Boskalis seeks to prevent potential adverse social and environmental impacts arising from our activities and services, and otherwise to mitigate or remedy them. We aim to hire as many local workers as possible on projects, and offer fair employment and decent working conditions. In addition, we purchase goods and services from local suppliers wherever possible. We endorse the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on responsible business conduct.
Our activities promote global and local prosperity in a variety of ways. These include the provision of protection against flooding, helping to meet the growing demand for (renewable) energy and land reclamation for residential, commercial and recreational development. Through the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways we facilitate growth in world trade.
Community investment programs
We seek community engagement and actively involve local residents and governments in both our plans and their execution. Our local project and office staff develop community investment programs that are supported by Boskalis’ management. One ongoing example is the Boskalis Beach Cleanup Tour, an initiative of NGO North Sea Foundation, to raise awareness of plastic soup. Boskalis has been the main sponsor since 2013.
More about our impact
Building with Nature
Boskalis proactively developed Building with Nature to gain insight into the impact of hydraulic engineering projects on ecosystems.
Impact on the environment
Boskalis provides sustainable solutions for ports, offshore energy and infrastructure markets.
Online CSR Report
Since 2009 we have published an annual CSR report in which we provide our stakeholders with details of our performance in the area of sustainability. Read more about our impact on local communities.