The Annual Report covers activities in the 2020 calendar year. 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. 

Reporting standards

The non-financial reporting in this report is aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative’s GRI Standards of 2018. The GRI standards support 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 and organisation

Ramboll continuously 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 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.

The following organisational structure has been set up 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 the 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 act as steering groups and consist 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’s 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, Facility Management, Operational Excellence and Health & Safety, Finance, Legal, Compliance, Digital & Innovation, and Clients, Communication & Marketing. Moreover, a Global Sustainability Network consisting of sustainability representatives from Ramboll markets and regions are convened bimonthly with the purpose to implement the strategy further and to share knowledge on best practice.

Scope & significant changes impacting 2020

In the ‘Key Performance Indicators’ overview on page 90, the Report compares data for the entire Ramboll Group over the past 3 years and per Market and Region.

An overview of the organisational (matrix) structure is available at:

External assessment

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 97. The scope for PwC’s limited assurance covers data on employee engagement rate, voluntary employee turnover, female percentage, females in management, total reportable incident rate, lost time incident rate, compliance concerns and whistleblowers, compliance, anticorruption and data privacy training, CO2 emissions from energy consumption per FTE, CO2 emissions from transport per FTE and total CO2 emissions.

Contact the Sustainability & CR function or Corporate Communications for questions regarding the report and its content.


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