Boskalis jaarverslagen 2011

Objectives

Contributions to local communities

Our work has an impact on the environment. We make a positive contribution by hiring local workers and sourcing equipment locally. But we also wholeheartedly support initiatives developed by our own people at our offices and on our projects abroad; these include awarding safety bonuses to local good causes and contributions to healthcare, education and infrastructure. Examples of such contributions in 2011 can be found in the articles Malaria prevention project with NGO Family Care and SMIT Amandla Marine’s SED program.

Social sponsorship and donations

Boskalis targets its investments with social sponsorship activities and donations through social, cultural, sporting and educational activities. Beneficiaries include the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), top-class sailing and the arts.
Our support of the KNRM is not limited to financial contributions, for example for the purchase of a new rescue boat. In 2011 we continued to bring together our own employees and those of the KNRM so they can get to know each other and learn about each other’s work on the water.
We support sailing at the highest level by organizing catamaran masterclasses. By doing so we give young competitive sailors the opportunity to join the best in the world through coaching by experienced sailors. Achievements in 2011 included a fifth place in the F18 World Championships.
In the cultural field we support sculptor Ruud Kuijer’s ‘Water­werken’ (Waterworks) project whose work connects to water, sand, transport and industry. In 2011 his ‘Waterwerk VI’ was installed along the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal.
For a detailed description of our sponsorship policy and a summary of our donation and sponsorship results in 2011 please refer to the corporate website.

Investing in education and knowledge transfer­

Boskalis has a long tradition of supporting scientific research relevant to our sector. Both individually and at sector level, we engage in (fundamental) research in conjunction with knowledge institutes and universities, and share knowledge through lectures and presentations.
This also applies to the knowledge gained from the Building with Nature program. We communicate this information to universities and professional education institutions through various readerships, guest lecturer positions and courses. In addition Boskalis supports a number of doctorate research projects at Delft University of Technology.
Boskalis also supervises interns, graduates and doctorate students (64 in 2011) at Delft University of Technology and other institutions. We also co-fund a Chair of Dredging Technology at Delft University of Technology, as well as supplying a scientific officer.

SMIT Amandla Marine employees and learners from Clarke Primary in Cape Town planted 21 trees during an educational environmental project.

Added to My report add to My report Source: CSR Report 2011, Our societal performance, page 41