Ramboll and the SDGs

Targets 2020

Increase revenue from services contributing directly and positively to the SDGs by 40% (compared to 2016).

Ramboll actively contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and this influences not only the way we engage with clients, but also the way we work.

As part of our strategy to become a recognised leader for sustainable solutions, we use the 17 UN SDGs as our yardstick for sustainability. The SDGs, and their 169 underlying targets, are drivers for future investments and define our global priorities and aspirations for 2020.

SDG Baseline for the Danish Parliament

In 2018, we collaborated with partners to assist the Danish Parliament’s 2030 Network in developing supplementary indicators for SDG 11 ‘Sustainability Cities and Communities’.

The indicator supplement contributes to a better understanding of the national baseline situation and creates a more clear picture of the challenges which will require focus in Denmark moving towards 2030.

SDGs

Market contribution to the SDGs

Ramboll conducted an SDG market portfolio assessment in 2017 (for 2016 results). The assessment explored the 169 SDG targets for each of our markets and examined whether our services contribute directly or indirectly and had a positive or negative impact.

Based on the assessment, Ramboll makes a directly positive contribution to 54 of the 169 SDG targets. In 2018, the positive contribution to the SDGs was DKK 6,214 million or 55% of Ramboll’s total revenue. In 2018, Ramboll increased its revenue from services contributing directly and positively to the SDGs by 16% compared to 2016. We have procedures in place to reach our target.

Some SDGs already have a strong market relevance across Ramboll, some provide significant market opportunities, and some contribute on a smaller scale with room to grow.

In 2018 Ramboll contributed directly and positively to the SDGs with 55% of total revenue

IN 2018, WE:

  • Implemented a new Sustainability Strategy for Buildings and appointed a new Group Sustainability Director for Buildings effective from 1 January 2019
  • Implemented a new Smart Mobility Spearhead service in Transport
  • Developed a new Strategy for Energy: Partner in Green Transition
  • Produced a new SDG Impact Assessment tool and expert team to pursue the private sector market in Management Consulting
Ramboll's contribution to the UN SDGS

Engaging with society

From partnerships with global initiatives such as the UN Global Compact, or our strong presence at prestigious events such as the UN General Assembly, New York Climate Week or COP24, Ramboll plays an active role in promoting sustainable solutions in society.

Partnerships and engagement 

Memberships and partnerships allow us to influence agendas and reinforce the message of sustainability. And collaboration with industry peers and those outside the industry on best practice and knowledge sharing makes us better placed to find solutions that are beneficial to all.

In September, we took an active role at the annual Nordic Edge Conference and Expo in Stavanger, Norway, which aims to promote solutions for smarter cities and communities and has become one of Europe’s most important arenas for knowledge exchange and inspiration. This year, Nordic Edge centred around the theme of the Smarter City – and aside from keynotes, we also participated in a Liveable Cities Lab with influencers and experts.

In Denmark, Ramboll launched the results of The Creating Liveable Cities Together survey – the first of its kind in Denmark – that asked Danes what exactly made a city attractive to live in. Carried out on Ramboll’s behalf by the Market Research Institute, YouGov, the survey canvassed 1,008 respondents nationally and 3,223 respondents in the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Esbjerg, Vejle and Køge.

The results revealed that urban residents want their cities to be smart, sustainable and highly liveable. The survey received widespread coverage in the national media and reinforces Ramboll’s strategic approach to solving urbanisation challenges though holistic solutions in collaboration with city planners, authorities and most importantly, the people who reside in them.

The Creating Liveable Cities Together survey also featured at New York Climate Week in September 2018, with a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) event being attended by HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. For the fourth consecutive year, Ramboll also participated in the UN Global Compact Private Sector Forum and showcased best practice examples of Ramboll’s work and contributions to the global sustainability agenda.

Memberships

Ramboll plays an active role in shaping society and we are a member of multiple global and local networks, such as State of Green, the leading Corporate Responsibility Network FIBS in Finland, the Climate Partner of the City of Helsinki and the Network for Sustainable Procurement.

We are also a member of the UN Global Compact Networks in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Volunteering

Ramboll is proud to have employees who are not only engaged in their daily work, but also help make a difference to society. Their skills and dedication help improve the lives of others who are less fortunate.

Our volunteering initiatives vary from country to country and culture to culture, but all involve the time and expertise of employees.

IN 2018:

  • More than 300 employees used their skills and free time to volunteer for over 2,500 hours
  • In the UK, each employee is given one day per year as paid time for volunteering work; this amounted to the equivalent of DKK 170,000 in 2018
  • Ramboll Business Units donated more than DKK 220,000 to charities; for example, Ramboll India donated to flood victims in India and Ramboll UK to RedR and others
  • Ramboll continued its long-term support for NGOs such as Engineers Without Borders, ‘Foreningen Nydansker’, Terre des Hommes (through the 26-year-old Ramboll Humanitarian Association), RedR and many other local and international initiatives.
Hours spent in volunteering

Creating value for local communities

Ramboll has presence in 30 countries, 300 offices and in approximately 70,000 on-going projects across the globe. We create value for global and our local communities by our services, supporting our employees and engaging with local academy and NGOs.

Ramboll has a significant direct and indirect impact on local employment and tax incomes by providing jobs to more than 14,400 employees in 2018. Ramboll recruited a total of 2,456 new permanent employees in 2018.

We engage with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to support urgent challenges in local communities, and the Ramboll Foundation (the owner of Ramboll) supports research, education and humanitarian aid. Ramboll employees are active in volunteering and frequently engage with local communities around the world through charitable work.

Tax

Paying tax makes an important contribution to society and Ramboll is committed to fulfilling our tax liabilities and obligations in all the countries in which we do business. This includes corporate income tax on profits, value-added tax and sales tax collected from revenue, social security tax and individual income tax collected from salaries paid to Ramboll’s employees.

Corporate income tax charges (DKK million)

Ramboll’s 2018 financial statements show a corporate income tax charge of DKK 122.9 million out of DKK 360.8 million of earnings before tax. This tax charge is allocated between the following main regions:

Corporate income tax charges (DKK million)

Corporate income tax

Sustainable living bringing people together

In Singapore, Ramboll has developed an award-wining building for the elderly that utilises blue-green infrastructure and clever landscaping which includes a tropical rainforest, as well as water management systems.

Kampung Admiralty is a vertical village that lessens the impacts of intensive urbanisation through the creation of a community that provides residential space, health amenities and community services, topped by extensive green terraces adorning various elevated spaces.

The landscaping is designed as layers of blue and green infrastructure woven into the building to connect residents and the greater Admiralty neighbourhood to the historical Kampung village and provide an oasis within today’s highly densified urban context.

The project was realised through a close collaborative effort by the architects and the client, the Singapore Housing and Development Board.

Kampung Admirality project description

Kampung Admiralty - view from above

At the forefront of sustainable energy production in Singapore

Converting waste to energy is fast becoming an efficient and cost-effective method for cities the world over, and in Singapore they are leading the way in sustainable energy production. Ramboll is helping the city to design and implement the world’s largest energy recovery facility.

Waste management is of the utmost importance in Singapore, where a population of five and a half million people share limited space, and resources are stretched. As the population is set to increase by 30% by 2030, the new Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) will significantly ease this burden, and is an important leap toward towards the city’s long-term goal of zero waste.

According to Bettina Kamuk, Global Market Director at Ramboll, the new facility reflects Ramboll’s long-term plans to provide sustainable solutions to waste management and energy recovery in Asia. “We have a strategy to help build more waste-to-energy plants in the region and to give cities an alternative to traditional and harmful waste disposal,” she says. 

IWMF project description

Singapore, Waste-to-Energy

Offshore - New Jersey offshore wind strategic plan

A key advantage of wind power is that it is a renewable source of power with close to zero emissions and limited impact on the environment. The US offshore wind market is expected to grow significantly over the next decade and the State of New Jersey is committed to sourcing 3,500 MW of offshore wind, the most ambitious goal in the US. In September 2018, the State selected Ramboll to be their Offshore Wind Strategic Plan Partner. Centrally positioned along the US East Coast, New Jersey is a potentially attractive location for offshore wind manufacturers and suppliers.

According to Country Market Director, Ramboll Environment & Health in the Americas, Allan DeLorme, Ramboll’s unique experience in offshore means we are “uniquely suited to help New Jersey develop a smart and effective OSW Strategic Plan that meets the needs and addresses the concerns of all constituents, while ensuring that the State achieves its goal of being a leader in the US offshore wind market.”

New Jersey offshore wind project description

Building better cities in Norway

A satellite city of Oslo since the seventies, Furuset is being revitalised as a climate-friendly area with emphasis on improved urban design and blue-green infrastructure.

Central to the plan is a focus on better transport with pedestrians, bicycles and public transport will be prioritised including new bicycle paths and a future potential new metro line and the reduction of car traffic.

Environmentally-friendly energy will be provided by a district heating system that will use excess heat generated in the area. Ramboll is working on the project as an advisor.

Improving healthcare - Automation of hospital logistics

Digitalisation and automation are key to streamlining hospital workflows, enabling healthcare providers to spend less time on non-care related tasks. Designing and planning hospital logistics is increasingly playing a vital role in the efficient and smooth running of hospitals and ultimately helping to improve cost-effectiveness and patient care.

With the acquisition of German engineering consultancy MMG in 2018, Ramboll combines its digital expertise with a successful track record in healthcare. MMG has long specialised in healthcare logistics, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and pneumatic tubular systems (PTS). These technologies provide the efficient, punctual transport of materials throughout a hospital at any time. And more importantly, they free up hospital employees to spend as much time as possible directly on patients.

Ramboll is already significantly active in the healthcare industry, designing new and refurbishing existing healthcare facilities – from major hospitals and community care facilities to specialist care centres.

Read more about digitalisation and automation in hospitals

Digitalisation and automation are an integral part of the design process at the New North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen.

(c) Herzog & de Meuron - Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter

Shaping the Future of Energy

The energy market is changing rapidly as the world moves from fossil fuels to green energy.

In response to this transition, Ramboll devised a new Energy strategy in 2018 that will form the basis for our future endeavours in helping our clients move toward sustainable energy solutions.

“The energy system is in transition and is becoming integrated – where we can see the trends of falling prices and the rapid deployment of renewable energy,” according to the Managing Director for Energy, Thomas Rand.

The new strategy includes a raft of initiatives including expanding sustainable solutions internationally and driving the development of smart energy solutions to be at the forefront of energy efficiency.

Salling Rooftop

Salling rooftop

The concept behind Salling Rooftop in Aarhus in Denmark was to create an attractive, communal space where the cityscape can be enjoyed.