Sustainability enabled through project management
Responsible business behaviour and sustainability are integral elements of the projects Ramboll delivers to clients each year. To facilitate the implementation of sustainability in our value chain and our project excellence framework, we continuously develop procedures in relation to project risks, quality management, and sustainable design.
In order to mitigate risks, we expect all our clients and partners to share our ambitions of preventing direct or indirect adverse impacts on human rights in relation to health and safety, the environment and society – and swiftly addressing any such impacts if they arise. We conduct risk assessments of business associates within those business sectors that carry high reputational risks related to business integrity, environmental protection, and/or human rights.
Throughout each project, procedures are in place to manage environmental and social risks as well as opportunities in the project execution phase.
We also identify sustainability opportunities by considering how we can meet or exceed clients’ sustainability aspirations and targets by bringing alternative or additional services to the project.
In 2019, we have focused on strengthening and simplifying project procedures and governance on ensuring sustainability in our projects globally.
Ramboll is committed to acting responsibly, decently and transparently – and we expect our business associates, such as suppliers, sub-consultants, consortium partners and advisors to adhere to these principles. Ramboll works on thousands of projects in six different markets globally and often our role in the projects varies e.g. client consultant, engineering designer or architect. Each project also has its own supply chain for example, Ramboll often engage with sub-consultants and consortium partners. We have implemented a Business Support Procurement Policy and by following common procurement standards, meeting our financial obligations towards suppliers, and by considering sustainability criteria in our procurement processes, we can minimise the risk of adverse impacts and contribute positively to the local economy.
We ask our suppliers to commit to our Business Associate Code of Conduct to ensure that they demonstrate responsible business behaviour to mitigate adverse social, environmental or economic impacts. In 2019, 672 suppliers signed the Code, which represents a 3.6 per cent increase compared to 2018 when looking at the total supply chain. 49 per cent of all business support suppliers have now signed the Business Associate Code of Conduct which is an improvement of 8.1 per cent compared to 2018. We aim to engage in constructive dialogue with our suppliers, and we ask for documentation of social, environmental, and anti-corruption performance.
Ramboll is seeking to promote the internal procurement of eco-labelled products. Today, the global share of eco-labelled products within Ramboll is 25 per cent. The objective is that the total share of eco-labelled products reaches 75 per cent by 2021. Ramboll has engaged in a global agreement with Lyreco on office supplies, making it possible for all Ramboll employees to choose an eco-labelled version of any product they need. This setup allows employees to take an active decision where eco-labelling and pricing on the alternative ‘green’ product are clearly stated.
Ramboll is challenged by the fact that products are not always available on the market, and time is needed to establish new product ranges together with suppliers.