Sustainability Policy

Position of CSR in the Organisation

Ballast Nedam recognises how important CSR is for the organisation and implements its CSR policy throughout the company on a national and international level. We focus on creating a clear organisational structure, setting up and maintaining an efficient management information system and taking concrete, relevant actions that contribute positively to our organisation, stakeholders and environment.

Our actions have an impact on the world of today and tomorrow. As an organisation we are well aware of this fact. We address our responsibilities in this area in an integrated way by acting in accordance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Corporate social responsibility is therefore more than an ambition – it is a framework for action. This framework supports the implementation of our CSR policy by aligning Ballast Nedam’s core values (themes) with the SDGs. The SDGs are 17 Global Goals that aim to ensure that by 2030 the world we live in will be a fair, healthy and safe place for all.

Ballast Nedam’s CSR policy is aligned with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards. In line with the approach of its shareholder, the company develops projects in accordance with IFC Performance Standards.

Ballast Nedam focuses on six themes, which are aligned with the SDGs, IFC Performance Standards and OECD guidelines. These themes are:

  1. Health and Safety
  2. Good Employment Practices and Social Return
  3. Environment and Sustainability
  4. Innovation
  5. Integrity
  6. Stakeholder Management

In addition, Ballast Nedam complies with the following agreements, codes of conduct, guidelines and certificates:

  • “Bewuste Bouwers” (“Considerate Constructors”) code of conduct: helps construction firms to be good neighbours and professionalise their stakeholder management;
  • “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;
  • The CO2performance ladder; 
  • IFC Performance Standards;
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises;
  • ILO (International Labour Organisation) standards.


CSR Objectives and Results

CSR subject Intended goal KPI Result in 2017 Objective for 2018
Energy,CO2 and air quality Energy efficiency and use of sustainable energy CO2 (scope 1&2) Dutch revenue  53,7% 55% reduction compared to 2008
    Initiatives in the value chaines of activities 2 2 initiatives
Waste & recycling and Materials Reducing material consumption and increasing separation percentage Waste segregation 63% 65%
    Waste segregation incl. subsequent separation 89,9% 92%
    Use of Madaster, the kadaster of materials - 2 projects
Human resources A healthy, safe and motivating working environment for all employees Percentage of absenteeism 4,4%  <4.2%
    Held performances appraisals 85% >90%
Safety An injury-free Ballast Nedam Injury frequency excluding subcontractors 4,97 <6
    Injury frequency including subcontractors 5,92 <6
Business ethics & ntegrity Creation of a secure environment for the reporting of abuses Rollout of a new internal report scheme combined with an awareness campaign (ready 2018) 50% 100%