We recognize that our sustainability ambitions involve addressing complex and often cross-sector challenges and that we cannot achieve these ambitions working alone. Innovation, collaboration and partnerships are therefore essential elements underpinning our strategy to help us on our sustainability journey.
Cross industry collaboration
A member of our Board of Management currently chairs the Executive Board of NABU, the Netherlands Association of International Contractors, where we are involved in processes related to Dutch policy around responsible business conduct. One of the topics currently being addressed is responsible business conduct in an international perspective.
Another organization where we play an active role is VNO-NCW, the employer federation of the Netherlands; sustainability and responsible business conduct topics are on the agenda of several committees we participate in. We are also represented at the Vereniging voor Waterbouwers, the Dutch association for the maritime industry. This organization, active in climate-related topics as they relate to the Netherlands, acts as a knowledge sharing platform on topics such as emission reduction among fleets, biodiversity and the Building with Nature (BwN) approach.
Participation in platforms
In February 2020 we joined the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) and the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) for a workshop in Zurich, to discuss the concepts and challenges involved in financing sustainable maritime infrastructure projects with representatives from major international financial and insurance institutes.
- Through our participation in the EcoShape consortium, which promotes a Building With Nature (BWN) approach to coastal protection, we are engaging with financiers and policymakers to accelerate and scale up sustainable and nature-based solutions.
- As sole dredging contractor, we participate in a new working group of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) to explore funding for nature-based solutions in the port and waterway infrastructure.