Boskalis CSR report 2017

Care for Human Capital CSR 2017 – BOSKALIS 52


In an international project environment such as ours, which requires a flexible and innovative approach, we take a broad view on diversity. Boskalis operates a strict equal opportunities policy for all employees, regardless of race, nationality, ethnic background, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability, whereby the principle of the best person for the job is leading. The Diversity Policy is available on Boskalis’ employees represent 64 different nationalities with a balanced age profile. Almost 73% of our employees are under 50, with over half (61%) being in the 30-50 age category. This age distribution provides a good level of staffing for positions at junior, medior and senior levels, as well as resulting in a manageable outflow of staff due to retirement. We employ a relatively large number of men and relatively few part-time staff. The ratio of men to women in 2017 was comparable to 2016: 90%-10%. The participation rate for women is higher for activities that are fixed, office-based and of a structural nature. In 2017, the ratio of men to women was 75%-25% for management and office staff working at the Boskalis head office, identical to 2016. The percentage of part-time workers in 2017 was 11% (2016: 7%). The ratio of men to women and of full-time to part-time staff at Boskalis is consistent with the nature of our work. We are to a large extent a project organization that sends out trained technical, financial and maritime staff all over the world for longer periods, often in remote locations. Deployment to projects has proven to be a less attractive option for women and a less obvious choice for part-time workers. The ratio of operational staff (fleet, yards and projects) to management and office support staff is 70%-30%. This ratio is consistent with the profile of the company and the nature of the activities and the equipment deployed. Proportionately the most managers and support staff work at the head office in the Netherlands.

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