Sustainability policy

Position of sustainability in the organization

Ballast Nedam’s sharper strategic focus is reflected in the CSR policy for 2015. Ballast Nedam will focus more on the firm requirements to improve its performance in CSR matters of relevance to our market.

Ballast Nedam implements its CSR policy on a company-wide basis. We focus on a clear organizational structure, the establishment and maintenance of an efficient management information system, and specific, relevant actions which have a positive impact on our organization, our stakeholders and the environment.

Position of sustainability in the organization
  • The directors, including divisional directors, are responsible for all CSR issues within their business unit.
  • The policy of eight key performance indicators (KPIs) and six formulated objectives has been implemented throughout the organization.
  • The CSR results are taken into consideration in the remuneration of the directors, including divisional directors. The target letter to management states that KPIs for non-financial matters must account for one-third.
  • Core teams have been appointed for various CSR subjects to support the organization/directors in achieving the objectives.
  • The chairman of a core team submits proposals to the Board of Management/Concern Council, for example with regard to policy amendments, KPIs, objectives, tools, actions and analyses. The various core team members have been appointed from the three divisions, thereby assigning the commitment and decisiveness to the right place.
  • The assurance results are measured at division and company level and consolidated at holding company level. The eight KPIs and the six objectives form an integral part of the quarterly reporting, making CSR more firmly embedded in our operations. 

For more information, we refer to our integrated annual report.

Assessment framework

Ballast Nedam endorses the following guidelines, certificates and convenants:

  • GRI G3.1 (Global Reporting Initiative): Ballast Nedam applies this reporting system for integrated sustainability reporting, but focuses primarily on the requirements that are relevant to our activities. It has therefore decided to dispense with certification. The CO2 footprint has been verified by the external auditor EY;
  • Bewuste Bouwers: helps builders to be good neighbours and professionalize the management of the environment;
  • The CO2 performance ladder (SKAO, the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business) certifies the reduction of CO2 and is used in civil engineering tenders to determine a notional discount on the tender price; 
  • Safety in Construction’ governance code: clients and contractors work together to improve the safety culture in their own organizations. 

For more information, we refer to our integrated annual report.

Sustainability subject Intended goal KPI 2015 Result in 2014 Objective for 2015
Energy,CO2 and air quality Energy efficiency and use of sustainable energy CO2 (scope 1&2) Dutch revenue  18% reduction 20% reduction compared to 2008
Waste & recycling and Materials Reducing material consumption and increasing separation percentage Number of ongoing projects and/or plants with waste management plan 34 40
Good employment practice A healthy, safe and motivating working environment for all employees Percentage of sickness absence 4.35%  4.5%
Safety We aspire to an injury-free Ballast Nedam Injury frequency 7.1 6.5
Integrity We comply with all applicable rules, legislation and ethical standards and operate a zero tolerance policy Compliance reports dealt with within 48 hours. Appropriate measures may be taken after investigation (2014: number of violations) 5 100%
Innovation Offering customer added value as result of improved processes, products and business models Number of innovations, including in sustainability 5 3
Community relations management In projects we must provide comfort and clarity and not cause nuisance Number of ongoing projects reported to Bewuste Bouwers at year-end 41 40
Community investment In our activities we contribute to the training and employment of young and socially disadvantaged people Number of Social Return projects 38 No objective