The Annual Report covers activities in the 2019 calendar year replacing the Annual Report 2018. It is in compliance with the EU Directive for Non-financial Reporting and Diversity Information (2014/95/EU) and the Danish Financial Statements Act on Corporate Responsibility and Gender Composition of Management section §99 A and B.
The Annual Report outlines how sustainability and corporate responsibility are integrated into Ramboll’s core strategy and business operations and describes how we are honouring our stakeholder commitments. The purpose of this report is to communicate Ramboll’s annual key sustainability and corporate responsibility performance including policies, achievements, results and ambitions to all relevant stakeholders.
The UN Global Compact
Ramboll is signatory to the UN Global Compact and is committed to the ten principles of the United Nations’ Global Compact. We respect and promote these principles throughout our operations, and report on our progress. The Annual Report constitutes Ramboll’s ‘Communication on Progress’ (COP) Report in compliance with the UN Global Compact Advanced level reporting criteria.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)
As a natural continuation of Ramboll’s commitment to the UN Global Compact Principles, Ramboll is aligning our business with the SDGs since 2016 and sustainability strategies have been implemented in all Ramboll markets.
The non-financial reporting in this report is aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative’s GRI Standards of 2016. The GRI standards supports Ramboll to generate reliable, comparable, relevant and standardised information on our sustainability performance. This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option.
Corporate sustainability strategy
Ramboll continually focuses on sustainability and responsible business behaviour. We are committed to acting responsibly and seek to promote and provide services and solutions that contribute to sustainable development. At the same time, we honour our legacy by avoiding participating in projects with an aggressive, destructive or suppressive purpose towards nature or people.
Ramboll’s clear ambition is to become a recognized 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 out as follows to pursue our sustainable ambitions. 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. The Function is governed by the Group Business Development Committee and the Legal, Compliance & CR Committee, which acts as a steering groups and consists of management representatives from Ramboll’s business units and Group Executive Board.
The strategy and progress of Sustainability & CR are reported to the Group Board of Directors who also approves the sustainability reporting, and convey the information to the Ramboll Foundation (the majority owner of Ramboll) annually. In addition, Ramboll has an Ethics Committee consisting of the Group Executive Board and Senior Corporate Directors. The Ethics Committee monitors, reviews and interprets our business ethics based on the company values and is the point of contact when Ramboll is faced with dilemmas or requests related to our ethical standards. The Ethics Committee discusses specific project opportunities where guidance cannot be found in existing Company Policies and Procedures.
Our sustainability strategy and Corporate Responsibility policies and targets are implemented through our operating model, covering six markets and eight geographies. It is further supported by the corporate functions of HR, IT, Strategy, Procurement, Facility Management, Operational Excellence and Health & Safety, Finance, Legal, Compliance, Digital & Innovation, and Clients, Communication & Marketing. In 2019, we established a Global Sustainability Network consisting of sustainability representatives from Ramboll markets and regions with the purpose to implement the strategy further and to share knowledge on best practice.
Significant changes in scope
In the ‘Key Performance Indicators’ overview page 81, the report compares data for the entire Ramboll Group over the past three years and per Market and Region.
Due to organic and acquisitional growth, Ramboll’s headcount increased by more than 1,000 employees in 2019. The new organisational structure implemented in 2018, causes that data from Market and Regional business units to not be fully comparable to 2017 and 2016. An overview of the organisational (matrix) structure is available.
Selected data in this report have been reviewed by our independent third-party assurance provider, which, based on the work performed, has prepared a limited assurance report to be found on page 87. The scope for PwC’s limited assurance engagement is data covering employee engagement rate, voluntary employee turnover, female percentage, females in management, females in succession, total reportable incident rate, lost time incident rate, compliance concerns and whistleblowers, anti-corruption training, data privacy training, CO2 emissions from energy consumption per FTEE, CO2 emissions from transport per FTEE and total CO2 emissions.
Contact the Sustainability & CR Function or Corporate Communications for questions regarding the report and its context.