Investments in society
Investments in education and knowledge transfer
Boskalis has a long tradition of supporting scientific research relevant to our sector. We engage both individually and at the sector level in research (fundamental and applied) in alliances with research institutes and universities, and we share knowledge through lectures and presentations. At Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands we co-fund a Chair of Dredging Technology and supply a scientific officer, while 2011 saw the establishment of a dual lectureship at Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Every year, Boskalis supervises interns, graduates and doctorate students. The figure for 2014 was 124 (2013: 130).
Supporting local communities
Our activities may affect the local communities where we operate and we seek to generate support for the execution of our work. We devote great attention to location management, and actively involve local residents, officials and NGOs in the planning and implementation of our projects. Our industry is capital- and knowledge-intensive and, given this, we impose strict quality requirements on all our employees and suppliers. On long-term projects or in regions where we have a virtually permanent presence we make targeted investments in training local staff. Where possible, we source goods and services from local suppliers. In addition, there are clients who believe that support for local communities is important and who take this into account when awarding contracts.
At our offices and on our projects, our employees develop initiatives that we support wholeheartedly and that are encouraged by the Board of Management. These initiatives include donating safety bonuses to local charities and contributions to health care, education and infrastructure. We have taken a deliberate decision not to establish a centralized, managed community program. Our experience has taught us that local office and project organizations are in the best position to select and support appropriate local initiatives. In view of their intrinsic motivation, this approach leads to the most successful partnerships. In past years, we have supported Flying Doctors in Australia and established a malaria prevention program in Nigeria in collaboration with a local NGO.
Examples in 2014 include the following contributions.
The socio-economic development program in South Africa
The Socio-Economic Development (SED) program of SMIT Amandla Marine (SAM) continued in 2014 to prioritize programs in South Africa that provide access to the economy for previously disadvantaged black* South Africans. SAM has entered into partnerships with a number of accredited educational and community-based organizations in South Africa to provide educational support and also to promote the maritime industry, which is key to creating a talent pipeline for the industry. Some of the results achieved in 2014 included:
- 7 scholarships for primary, secondary and tertiary education awarded to children of employees.
- 5 South Africans in their first year of maritime studies and maritime engineering at South African Universities of Technology received bursaries for tertiary education.
- 1 Learner received a full scholarship to complete her Honours Programme in Marine Science and Oceanography at the University of Cape Town.
- SAM exhibited at maritime related career exhibitions to promote the maritime industry and the company. These included the South African Maritime Safety Authority Career Week, the African Hub Careers Exhibition, Youth in Shipping Exhibition and World Maritime Day Careers Exhibition.
- Donations of nautical equipment and learning materials benefitted the learners at JG Zuma High School in Durban, Kwazulu Natal through a donation to the school’s maritime studies programme. SAM also donated funds to Lawhill Maritime Centre.
- In Port Nolloth, the company funded a tutor programme for grade 8 and 9 learners at the local secondary school to assist learners with maths and science and on Mandela Day (18th of July) SAM’s team hosted a career expo/open day in Pot Nolloth at which the residents could gain information as to what opportunities there are in the maritime sector as well as what they would require to get into the working stream of the sector.
- Donations were given to the National Sea Rescue Institute, the Miriam Makeba Centre for Girls, Hope Cape Town, Ikusasa LeAfrika, and Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.
Sagbama hospital and childbirth clinic
This newly built hospital in the south of Nigeria, to which our branch in Nigeria contributed, fulfils a regional function for young mothers and their babies. The clinic provides information services, surgery and medical follow-up care for between 2,500 and 4,000 patients in the surrounding rural area.
Drinking water supplies
In partnership with Dutch Water Ltd. and the Waterpas Foundation our employees on a project in Mombassa distributed 2.1 million liters of water to schools and homes in Kenya.
Community sponsoring and donations
Community sponsoring and donations are inextricable components of our CSR policy. We aim to make the link with our core activities as close as possible. Water and the coastal areas are central themes. Boskalis sponsoring targets the areas where Boskalis is active, and in particular the communities located in those areas.
Plastic in the sea
Since 2013, Boskalis has been the main sponsor of the Beach Cleanup Tour organized by the North Sea Foundation. In the Boskalis Beach Cleanup Tour, the North Sea Foundation and Boskalis try to generate public interest for the increasingly pressing problem of waste and plastic in the sea, and the negative impact on marine animals and birds. In 2014, almost 1,500 participants, including large numbers of Boskalis colleagues, teamed up with the North Sea Foundation to remove a total of more than 20,000 kilos of waste from the beach. (For more information, see our online magazine:
King William II’s art collection on show
Boskalis was the lead sponsor of the exhibition at the Dordrechts Museum devoted to the art collection of the Dutch King William II. Boskalis supported the exhibition because, in addition to being a company that has been granted the designation ‘Royal’, we are a major employer in the Drecht Towns region. The exhibition in Dordrecht was opened by King Willem-Alexander on 4 March. There were special programs for our employees, including family days with a special focus on education. (For more information, see our online magazine:
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