To the Stakeholders of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.
Bureau Veritas Netherlands (Bureau Veritas) was engaged by Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) to provide independent verification of selected performance disclosures to be presented in its Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2015 (the CSR Report). The objective of the verification is to provide assurance to Boskalis and its stakeholders over the accuracy and reliability of the reported information and data.
The engagement was conducted by a multidisciplinary team including assurance practitioners with knowledge of non-financial data.
Scope of work
The scope of our verification engagement covered the performance disclosures made by Boskalis against the following selected indicators: EN16, LA1, LA2, LA4, LA7, LA8, LA10, LA11, LA12, LA13, SO1 and HR2, according to the criteria set out in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 3.1 guidelines. The reporting boundary for the selected key performance disclosures covers Boskalis’ global operations.
The reporting period is from 1st of January to 31st of December 2015. The scope of the verification work included quantitative performance data only, and we did not verify any other information that may be presented in the CSR Report.
Responsibilities of Boskalis and Bureau Veritas
The collation, calculation and reporting of the data is the sole responsibility of Boskalis. Given the nature of its business and taking materiality into account, Boskalis has chosen to report partially on certain indicators (see chapter “Scope”, page 72, for details.) The responsibility of Bureau Veritas is to provide independent assurance to stakeholders on the accuracy and reliability of the selected key performance disclosures, and to express our overall opinion as per the scope of engagement defined in this statement.
Bureau Veritas undertook the following activities:
interviewing relevant personnel with responsibilities for the collection and management of information relating to the selected performance disclosures;
assessing the acceptability and consistent application of the reporting criteria;
reviewing the systems and processes for collecting and aggregating key performance indicators data as presented in the CSR report;
assessing the understanding and application of the reporting criteria and verification, on a test basis, of calculations and reconciliations with supporting documents;
performing analytical procedures and detailed checks on selected datasets. A limited level of assurance was undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the International Standard on Assurance Engagements 3000 – Assurance Engagements other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information (‘ISAE 3000’), incorporated to Bureau Veritas internal protocol for the assurance of sustainability reports.
Limitations and Exclusions
This statement should not be relied upon to detect all errors, omissions or misstatements.
The scope of the verification work did not include information relating to activities outside the defined reporting period, statements of a descriptive or interpretative nature, or of opinion, belief, aspiration or commitment to undertake future actions. Our Conclusion Based on the verification work we carried out and the evidence we were presented with, as per the scope of work above, nothing came to our attention to suggest that factual information, performance metrics and data contained within the CSR Report, as far as the selected performance disclosures are concerned, are materially misstated. Statement of independence, integrity and competence Bureau Veritas is an independent professional services company that specialises in quality, environmental, health, safety and social accountability with over 185 years history. Its assurance team has extensive experience in conducting verification over environmental, social, ethical and health and safety information, systems and processes.
Bureau Veritas operates a certified1 Quality Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, and accordingly maintains a comprehensive system of quality control including documented policies and procedures regarding compliance with ethical requirements, professional standards and applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
The assurance team for this work does not have any involvement in any other Bureau Veritas projects with Boskalis. Bureau Veritas has implemented and applies a Code of Ethics, which meets the requirements of the International Federation of Inspections Agencies (IFIA)2, across the business to ensure that its employees maintain integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality, professional behaviour and high ethical standards in their day-to-day business activities
1 Certificate of Registration FS 34143 issued by BSI Assurance UK Limited
2 International Federation of Inspection Agencies – Compliance Code – Third Edition