Boskalis Sustainability Report 2020
ABOUT THIS REPORT
Appendix SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2020 – BOSKALIS PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE REPORT We have been reporting on our sustainability strategy, performance and results in a separate Annual Report since 2009. The scope of our sustainability reporting is based on the information requirements of our key stakeholders. Our key stakeholders either have an influence on our license to operate or can be significantly impacted by our activities. In order to ensure we meet their information requirements we updated our materiality analysis in 2019 and will continue to do so at least every second year, alongside keeping track of key developments in the meantime. Boskalis management selected relevant material themes and topics derived from Boskalis’ strategy, its activities as well as from international guidelines, regulations and legislation. More than 85 stakeholders from our key stakeholder groups were consulted. An online survey, complemented by desk research and interviews was used to determine how important the individual topics were to the stakeholders. The Boskalis group management also participated in the survey to determine the importance of the topics for Boskalis. Based on the results of this process, the materiality matrix was drawn up. The materiality analysis provided valuable input for the update of our sustainability strategy and reporting. It confirmed that both of these are considered relevant and significant by our stakeholders. The sustainability report includes only sustainability data from entities that are fully or majority owned and from joint ventures in which Boskalis has a controlling interest. However, Boskalis relies on a significant number of contractors to perform daily activities. Boskalis acknowledges its responsibility for the safety of its contractors and therefore includes contractors in its safety performance reporting. Divestments are reported in accordance with the financial reporting rules for consolidation. This means that acquisitions are reported as from the moment control (ownership) is acquired. Divestments are reported up to the moment that control is relinquished. Included in this report is data from Horizon and Gardline which were acquired in 2019. Please refer to our Annual Report for an overview of acquisitions and divestments in 2020. REPORTING PROCESS The sustainability report is compiled by a multidisciplinary team under the responsibility of the Board of Management. Its content was discussed in its entirety with the Supervisory Board. The consolidation of sustainability data takes place at successive levels, starting with the projects and local office organizations, moving up through the relevant business units and staff departments and ending with the consolidated group reports. This is based on quarterly reporting via a dedicated online SAP-based reporting tool, which is monitored by our Group Accounting &
Reporting department, in close consultation with our Corporate Communications department that is responsible for the production of the Sustainability Report. In addition, as in previous years, a number of internal audits were conducted on material sustainability topics and indicators in 2020. Although we are confident that our internal audit ensures a reasonable level of data reliability we have our sustainability information verified by an external accountant. REPORTING PRINCIPLES Our Sustainability report and the sustainability data is prepared in accordance with our reporting principles, which are based on the international reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards. The GRI reference table is included on pages 90-91 of the report. KPIs are selected on the basis of interactive stakeholder dialog and the strategic issues relevant to Boskalis’ operations. EXTERNAL VERIFICATION The information contained in this report faithfully represents the outcome of systematic data gathering and analysis. As in previous years, Boskalis appointed an external assurance provider to verify its key sustainability metrics. Please refer to page 98 for the assurance report and conclusion of our external assurance provider. METHODS OF ESTIMATION, MEASUREMENT AND CALCULATION We use generally accepted protocols to compile, measure and present information, including the GRI technical protocols for indicators comprised in the guidelines. We aim to ensure reliability of our reported data by performing internal audits and externally verifying our data. However, due to generic challenges in the data collection process and the nature of sustainability data there are limitations associated with measuring and calculating data. Here we elaborate on the methodology, calculations and inherent limitations of the data. No changes were made to definitions and measurement methods of the reported data compared to the 2019 reporting period. HR DATA The detailed HR data in this report covers our own employees and excludes the employees of joint ventures and the employees seconded from other companies to Boskalis (e.g. Anglo Eastern, crew of the former Dockwise vessels). For our detailed HR reporting, please refer to page 94.
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