In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), defining global sustainable development priorities and aspirations for 2030. This common set of 17 goals and 169 sub-targets calls for worldwide action among governments, business and civil society to end poverty, ensure prosperity for all, and protect the planet. At Boskalis, we endorse the SDGs. To select the SDGs that are most relevant in relation to our activities, we followed an approach specified by the SDG Compass. The SDG Compass is a guide for business action developed by GRI, the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In line with the SDG Compass, we determined the extent to which we can contribute to the SDGs and the risks and opportunities they can represent for us throughout our value chain. OUR APPROACH To align our approach to the SDGs we conducted an assessment on the current, potential, positive and negative impacts that our activities have on the SDGs throughout our value chain. We rated each of the 169 SDG sub-targets according to two dimensions: The first dimension reflects Boskalis’ contribution to the SDG sub-target. A score was attributed to each SDG sub-target for which Boskalis’ contribution is considered either not relevant or limited (low), indirect in nature (medium, i.e. not directly linked to Boskalis’ core business), or directly linked to Boskalis’ core business (high).
The second dimension illustrates the level of impact on a global scale, positive as well as negative, of the identified direct or indirect contribution of Boskalis to the SDG sub-target. Once both scores were attributed to each SDG sub-target, we ranked all the SDG sub-targets. The SDG sub-targets with the highest score are considered most relevant to Boskalis’ business and its stakeholders. By adding up the sub-target scores of each SDG, we have ranked the 17 SDGs and reviewed these with experts from the business and external advisors. OUTCOME Based on this assessment, whilst we see there are areas in which we can contribute to all of the SDGs, we consider the following as most relevant in relation to our activities:
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Strategy and ambition SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2019 – BOSKALIS
SDG 13: Climate action SDG 14: Life below water