Ramboll’s operations are based in local communities worldwide. By working together with local community groups in the regions in which we operate, we can contribute positively to developing the local economy, the community, and the environment.
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 from culture to culture, but all involve the time and expertise of our employees. In the UK, employees have the opportunity to spend one paid working day per year on volunteering work as well as to join the charity task group ‘Making a difference’, which aims to bring charity projects to life.
Following the devastating earthquake that hit Lombok in Indonesia, Ramboll UK volunteers created designs for robust houses built entirely from locally sourced bamboo as a sustainable and resilient solution to the island’s housing problem. The mission was to encourage the adoption of bamboo as a practical, low-cost and, most importantly, safe material to rebuild the island’s depleted housing stock.
Honouring Earth Day, Ramboll volunteers from our Southern California offices in the US participated in the 30th annual Great Los Angeles River Clean-up, the country’s largest urban river clean-up event. Since 1986, Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) have protected and taken measures to restore the Los Angeles River, an 82 km waterway that flows from the San Fernando Valley to the Pacific Ocean.
In Tanzania, 20 orphans have a new home, security and everyday necessities in a new self-sufficient Children’s Centre. Volunteers and water experts from Ramboll in Sweden have been involved in the design of the sustainable toilet and grey water system that fertilises and waters fruit and crops in the garden. The project was sponsored by the Ramboll Foundation.
Volunteers and water consultants from Ramboll in Sweden also worked on the installation of boreholes and distribution systems that supply 6,200 people with clean drinking water in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh. The project, sponsored by the Ramboll Foundation, was undertaken in conjunction with the Swedish Red Cross and is focused on improving the water supply and reducing the risk of infections spreading in the camp. In Denmark, the Humanitarian Society, whose primary purpose is to assist children in need, has supported orphanages in India and Africa since 1992. Many employees also choose to spend some of their spare time working with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) on specific projects such as sanitation or buildings in areas of need, and this collaboration with EWB is now also taking off in Norway and Sweden.
In India, 2 per cent of Ramboll’s profits goes to local humanitarian activities. In 2019, Ramboll volunteers organised a free health camp for the underprivileged population of a slum area in Sukhrali, Gurgaon, in conjunction with Welfare Society for Elderly and Destitute People (WSEDP). The volunteers performed the majority of the work together with doctors and other medical experts. There were also several other volunteering projects that Ramboll undertook in India this year, including the planting of 1000 trees using the Miyawaki method to create an urban micro-forest.
A sustainable bridge
Five Ramboll engineers travelled to Rwanda in September 2019 and built a bridge together with locals in just two weeks, creating safe access for people crossing the river Makurungwe.
This type of volunteering project not only improves living standards for the local community but also offers a valuable opportunity for Ramboll’s young engineers to develop professionally. The team provided added value to the community by training local workers, thereby enabling them to independently maintain the bridge in the future. This, in turn, has contributed to raising awareness of health and safety issues among the workers while also bonding the local community through collaboration on a common project.
The Makurungwe river frequently floods for days at a time. The river is especially challenging to cross during the rainy season. This is the harsh reality for the Murama and Munini communities in Gashyushya, Rwanda, where sending children to school or going to the market can be life-threatening.
The Ramboll team worked together with local people and the non-government organisation, ‘Bridges to Prosperity’, to help build a suspension bridge across the river. Fabricated almost entirely from wood and steel, the bridge was constructed solely by hand and even the large cables were installed manually. The bridge took two weeks to complete and it now provides safe year-round access for the local community. The initiative was supported by the Ramboll Foundation and the team was selected from five different geographies: India, UK, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The project was a unique experience for the Ramboll engineers and an extraordinary opportunity to apply their professional skills.
Local economic obligations
Ramboll generates and distributes economic value to society through our operating costs, as well as the payment of employee salaries and benefits, local utility costs, and government taxes. By complying with agreed payment terms and maintaining transparency in our financial reporting, we seek to mitigate any adverse economic impacts and contribute positively to the local economy. Ramboll is committed to fulfilling our tax liabilities and obligations in all the countries in which we operate. 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.