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Boskalis jaarverslagen 2012

Impact of our activities

By monitoring the potential positive and adverse impact of projects on local communities and the environment, we can identify opportunities and risks and take appropriate action. Local communities primarily play a role in the Dredging & Inland Infra division projects. Most of the projects executed by the Dredging & Inland Infra division are temporary in nature, often lasting for less than a year. In order to create the best possible support for our activities, we devote ample attention to community management and actively involve local residents and governments in both our plans and their execution. We aim to hire as many local workers as possible on projects and offer fair employment and decent working conditions. In countries where we engage in a large number of projects, the share of temporary employment contracts can almost reach 90%. Depending on a project’s nature, size and duration, we can offer jobs in areas including the logistical operation (such as the transport of people, goods and equipment and arranging visas), support functions (such as HR, SHE-Q, (financial) administration, procurement, PR, catering, security and accommodation) and operational jobs (such as engineers, welders, deck hands and workshop staff). Local workers are given additional training if necessary as well as safety training as a matter of course to ensure that they can carry out their work according to our own high (safety) standards. We take care to provide good accommodation, recreational facilities and means of keeping in touch with the home front. The local medical facilities are assessed at every project site and where necessary we set up a temporary clinic and hire medical staff locally. On a recent project we set up a temporary clinic that was staffed around the clock by local medical professionals. Upon completion of the project, part of the clinic’s inventory was donated to a local First Aid station. In a number of countries, including Germany, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Mexico and Singapore, we have a permanent presence and make targeted investments in the schooling of local, mostly permanent, staff.

In addition, we purchase goods and services from local suppliers whenever possible. Such goods may include fuel, food, facility consumables, wearing and construction parts for our equipment, safety products and equipment such as bulldozers, cars, trucks, cranes and small floating equipment. Office space is mostly rented and where possible we use local shipyards.

It is reasonable to expect Boskalis to seek to avoid a potential adverse impact arising from our activities and services, and otherwise to mitigate or remedy this impact. We exercise our leverage if we are in a position to bring about change at the entity responsible for the adverse impact. Our ability to do so can be limited, depending, for example, on the nature of the business relationship or the complexity of the supply chain. We endorse the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on responsible business conduct. The schedule below sets out three possible scenarios with suggestions for appropriate actions.

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