Sustainability Strategy

Ramboll’s clear ambition is to become a recognised and active leader in sustainability. We accelerate performance within three different, but closely connected agendas: how we act responsibly, how we find market opportunities and provide sustainable solutions to clients, and how we inspire and advocate for sustainable solutions. We have set ourselves five ambitious targets for 2020.


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  • 2020


Carbon footprint per employee reduced by 20%

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Diversity to reflect accessible talents in the local markets.

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Health & Safety

Zero harm in health and safety.

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Best industry practice on anti-corruption.

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Contribution to the UN SDGs

Revenue from services related to sustainability solutions increased by 40%.

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Søren Holm Johansen, Group Executive Director, Markets and Global Practices, Sustainability & CR, explains how Ramboll views sustainability and the SDGs – and how the 17 goals define the strategic direction for Ramboll Group.

Sustainability Management

The Group Sustainability & CR function is responsible for developing and executing the sustainability strategy, ensuring integration with business units and other relevant corporate functions, and safeguarding line of sight to Ramboll’s legacy, vision, mission, commitments and policies within the mandate of the Sustainability & CR Committee.

The Sustainability & CR function is governed by the Sustainability & CR Committee, which acts as a steering group and consists of management representatives from Ramboll’s business units. The status and progress of sustainability & CR are reported to the Group Board of Directors, who convey the information to the Ramboll Foundation (the majority owner of Ramboll) annually.

Sustainability and CR are implemented through our operating model covering six markets. It is also realised in our cross-market function, Liveable Cities. It is further supported by the corporate functions of HR, Facility Management, Operational Excellence & Risk Management, Finance, Legal, Compliance, Markets, Sales & Clients, Digital & Innovation, and Communications and Branding.

Identified Material Issues


Size of bullets reflects the relative social, environmental and/or economic impact of the issue in our value chain, comprising our suppliers, sub-consultants, clients, internal operations and project solutions.

Materiality Assessment

Ramboll conducted its first materiality assessment in collaboration with KPMG in 2016. The assessment identified topics material to Ramboll and our key stakeholders. 

The assessment first considered issues related to our internal operations and project solutions that could pose a risk either to Ramboll or to our stakeholders. In order to identify these potential risks, we engaged with numerous stakeholders, including directors, issue owners, project managers and employees who regularly work with external stakeholders (e.g. our clients and other business associates).

We also included the outcome of external stakeholder interviews that investigated client perception of Ramboll, which were conducted for us by McKinsey, as well as media searches, peer benchmarks, internal documents, policy reviews and a review of our external communications. 

The resulting list of potential issues was then categorised and further assessed from a three-dimensional perspective:

  1. Importance to stakeholders
  2. Importance to Ramboll and
  3. Relative social, environmental and economic impact in our full value chain.

The result is the above materiality matrix. 

The identified issues are clustered into three main categories: Green Transition, Employer of Choice and Business Integrity.

  • Green Transition covers material issues that are driven by mega trends (e.g. climate change, material and resource scarcity, and urbanisation). As such, Green Transition includes both our approach to sustainability in our services and solutions and our internal environmental management.
  • Employer of Choice and Business Integrity cover material topics that are business enablers, such as the health & safety and engagement of our employees, Our Fundamentals and internal and external control mechanisms. 

We have both positive and negative impact on these issues, through our own operations, but also through the nature of our services and solutions.

We will be conducting an updated materiality assessment in 2019.

GRI index

This report has been prepared in reference to the GRI Standards: Core option. This means that our reporting covers all the material Standard Disclosures of the GRI Standards framework, as well as all sustainability and CR aspects identified as material in our business operations and services. Our GRI Index below lists our Standard Disclosures with reference to GRI Standards categories, aspects, and indicators, and also refers to the chapter names of sections where these issues are addressed in our annual reporting publications and/or other information channels.

Read the full GRI index here.