Sustainability Policy

Position of CSR in the Organisation

The construction sector makes a major contribution to society by realising infrastructure and real estate projects. At the same time, it has a huge impact on the environment in which it operates. With great dedication and skill, Ballast Nedam is working on future-proofing this environment, with endeavours ranging from small-scale assignments to large and complex projects at home and abroad, all with the aim of satisfying customers and end-users.

Sustainability is a very important consideration that is enshrined in our policy. For this reason, Ballast Nedam embraces the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, which underpin our CSR strategy and KPIs. Ballast Nedam also conforms to the World Bank’s IFC Environmental and Social Performance Standards. The policy is geared towards lowering emissions and reducing our use of primary raw materials for the realisation of our projects.

At the end of 2020, a stakeholder analysis was organised to determine the main focal points and priorities for the 2021-2023 CSR policy. Although we are in constant contact with our stakeholders through, for example, industry meetings, customer surveys and direct dealings, a stakeholder analysis is a structured method for gaining an insight into the priorities and concerns of stakeholders. 

The KPIs have been formulated centrally and apply to all divisions. The divisions/projects decide on the specific approach taken to implement this policy and on possible additions to it, and may also determine their own KPIs.

A report will be published every quarter on these KPI scores, on any planned actions and actions already taken, as well as on any issues that present an obstacle to the achievement of our targets. We also plan to share any success stories and learning experiences in this quarterly report.

Ballast Nedam’s CSR policy is also aligned with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

In addition, through its CSR policy, Ballast Nedam is also committed to the following agreements, codes of conduct, guidelines and certificates:

  • The CO2 Performance Ladder: sustainability instrument for reducing CO2;
  • “Veiligheid in de Bouw” (“Safety in Construction”) governance code: helps clients and contractors to work together to improve the safety culture within their own organisations.
  • “Bewuste Bouwers” (“Considerate Constructors”): code of conduct for the construction site and the area around it.
  • Paris Proof Commitment: commitment to reduce energy consumption in the built environment.
  • “De Groene Koers” (“The Green Course”): platform for the Construction & Infrastructure sector; working together to make the sector emissions-free in 2030 by lowering emissions from mobile construction equipment.
  • Emissieloos Netwerk Infrastructuur (ENI: zero emission network infrastructure): a partnership that is committed to realize a zero emission construction site in 2026 by close cooperation and research for alternatives for heavy mobile equipment.