Understanding the views and concerns of Royal HaskoningDHV stakeholders — including our clients, employees, business partners, and communities — supports our work across our business and strategic priorities.
Information about our stakeholders, who they are and selected engagement activities which took place in 2021 appear in our Annual Report.
How we identify stakeholders
We identify stakeholders on the basis of their relevance to our supply chain, business environment and activities. As our organisation changes and refocuses in response to new challenges and the changing competitive environment, the relevance of groups of stakeholders also develops.
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We recognise three modes of influence of stakeholders:
Strategic corporate level: every year, the Executive Council reflects on consolidated input and draws conclusions for the strategic planning process.
Operational level: Corporate Groups and Business Lines benefit from specific dialogue with their relevant stakeholders to continuously refine their focus and check the effectiveness of their actions.
Project level: stakeholders are involved at this level as much as is feasible. They are an important factor in the delivery of a successful project result and their input is taken into account by the project team. Stakeholder involvement at this level is part of our 4 Questions to Enhance Society.
Innovations and partnerships were the focus of a several Board2Board meetings in 2021. Members of the board joined meetings with partners, an independent research organisation and other companies to discuss (international) corporate social responsibility, SDGs and opportunities for smarter, faster and more cost-efficient projects.
The energy transition remains a significant area of focus for many organisations as reflected in Board level meetings. For example, a member of the Board presented a position paper to the European Round Table for Industry on the role hydrogen can play in the route to a climate-resilient future. The energy transition was also part of discussions with leaders from several large Dutch companies. Our CEO, Erik Oostwegel, joined an online event about hydrogen, and spoke at the international Offshore Wind Seminar which focused on multipurpose islands. Other events attended included one connected to the use of digital technology in water systems.
During the year, Board members welcomed representatives from overseas governments, including the Ambassador of Bangladesh, when information about projects we have undertaken was shared, and the Ambassador of Vietnam.
Our new strategy was developed through a process of co-creation with stakeholders and was also discussed and reviewed with shareholders. The annual Shareholder Meeting is attended by the Board Members of the Foundation HaskoningDHV, the Board Members of the Trust Office HaskoningDHV, the Supervisory Board, the Executive Board, the depository receipt holders and (on invitation of the Chairman) the representatives of the Works Council. This enables dialogue between the Executive Board and various groups of stakeholders.