LOCAL DEVELOPMENT Whilst we work to properly manage adverse social impacts associated with our activities, we can also stimulate positive impacts through local job creation, skills development and training, and procurement. Where applicable, we pay special attention to vulnerable groups in society or those that may be adversely impacted by the project. CREATING LOCAL JOBS We integrate local content requirements into the execution of a project. We have built up significant experience in developing the necessary local skills and competencies to enable employment of a substantial percentage of local community members, and small and medium enterprises. Depending on the nature, size and duration of a project, we offer local jobs in a wide range of areas including skilled positions. The share of local employment on projects can be up to as much as 90%. BUYING LOCALLY We purchase goods and services from local suppliers whenever possible. Such goods may include fuel, food, facility consumables, construction parts for our equipment, safety products and equipment such as cars, trucks, bulldozers, cranes and small floating equipment. Port of Mombasa, Kenya training opportunity Boskalis was commissioned on a dredging and reclamation project in the Port of Mombasa. We agreed to provide training
and learning opportunities as part of a programme run by the Kenya Maritime Authority. A marine engineer trainee, was selected to join the crew on board TSHD Willem van Oranje. She spent four months working with the Boskalis team in and around the Port of Mombasa, gaining invaluable knowledge and insight. This was part of a capacity building programme for Kenyan seafarers in which they recruit suitable trainees for Nautical Science and Marine Engineering courses at reputable training institutions in UK, Australia and Egypt. Tapti fields, India, onshore infrastructure enhancement In 2018, we were contracted by the Panna, Mukta and Tapti (PMT) joint venture as part of the decommissioning of the Tapti fields offshore oil and gas operation. A key element of this work is the onshore dismantling of the five platforms. Since then, we have been working with local partners to upgrade local dismantling facilities in preparation of the actual dismantling operation to reach internationally acceptable safety and environmental standards. This upgrading process will mean that once our project in the region is completed, we will leave behind a facility that is internationally competitive, fit to take on other projects, and a workforce with enhanced knowledge and skills. The decommissioning project is due to be complete in the course of 2021. Duqm, Oman, local workforce capacity building We have been working in Duqm, Oman since 2017. During that time, we have sought out opportunities to engage with the local community, and to share our knowledge and expertise in a way that will leave a legacy that will continue once our project is complete. Examples of the ways we have been building capacity locally include providing IT training to the local women we have employed. Upskilling local drivers who have been working with us by providing defensive driving training. Upskilling security staff, many of whom are local Bedouin men, who have not engaged with Western employment practices previously. We provided English language and professional skills training, and induction into working in a multinational corporation that will equip them to take on similar roles in the future. We also engaged with local higher education institutions to provide work experience placements and traineeships for a number of Omani students across several departments, including HR, finance, procurement and logistics. As the project comes to an end, we are working with the many Omani employees who have been part of our team to ensure that they are well placed to move on to new roles.
IMPACT ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2019 – BOSKALIS