IMPACT ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES CSR 2018 – BOSKALIS 34 WHY TAILOR-MADE CSR IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS AND FOR PEOPLE: LEARNINGS FROM TURKSTREAM In 2018 Boskalis helped realize the TurkStream project, a natural gas pipeline running for almost a thousand kilometres from Russia to Turkey. We were responsible for laying sections of the pipeline that come ashore on the Turkish coast near the village of Kıyıköy.
In engineering terms alone, Boskalis’ involvement in the TurkStream project represented an immense task. But equally challenging was the quest to minimize its impact on local communities and environments. Daniël Ouddeken, Social Impact Advisor at Boskalis, led our efforts in this regard. Speaking about his experience, Daniël noted “Managing social impact is not a paper exercise – it is done with people. Only by being on the ground can you truly grasp the extent of the changes they might experience. Then you can come up with an approach that is right for all involved.” Before offshore works even began, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) audit of the planned approach was conducted in line with International Finance Corporation (IFC) guidelines. Ben Mooibroek, Boskalis Project Manager, recalls this process: “What emerged from the audit was that we already had very high standards of CSR compliance however that we could improve in how we document our efforts.” Our client (South Stream Transport BV) also recognized this, noting that the team showed “a refreshingly positive attitude to CSR and welfare issues.”