We have a clear mission statement: ‘Witteveen+Bos offers its clients value-added consultancy and top-quality designs for water, infrastructure, environment and construction projects. We use our expertise to resolve complex issues and are a committed partner for our clients. We attach great importance to our independence and to our corporate culture, which allows all our employees to excel, utilise their talents to the full, and maximise value for clients.’
Witteveen+Bos is an engineering consultancy that seeks to offer the very highest level of quality, because we believe that a commitment to excellence is key to developing sustainable solutions for today’s challenges. That is our vision. We aim to be very good at what we do. Our staff are experts in their respective disciplines and pursue ongoing innovation. We work with expert partners and maintain a culture of entrepreneurship and trust. We consider it essential that our actions are guided by our key quality attributes: expertise, reliability and commitment.
Collectively, all Witteveen+Bos employees are committed to realising our mission and vision. This Company Code describes our principles and how we do business at Witteveen+Bos. It also defines our individual and collective responsibilities to all our stakeholders. These responsibilities are worked out in detail in various manuals, instructions, regulations and agreements (including contracts of employment). All Witteveen+Bos employees worldwide must act in accordance with this Company Code and the resulting arrangements.
Witteveen+Bos is a member of the United Nations Global Compact. In addition to our own values and convictions, this Company Code is also based on the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
Integrated Annual Report
Witteveen+Bos has signed the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact, a covenant between the UN and the international business community. It defines principles for doing business responsibly. By endorsing the covenant, we have given a commitment to endeavour to uphold human rights, to ensure the social protection of workers, to conduct business in an environment-friendly way, and to stamp out corruption. We have published the Witteveen+Bos Corporate Responsibility Report since 2008 in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Since 2016 we report on both financial and social responsibilty results in an integrated Annual Report.
Environmental management programme
Witteveen+Bos set out its environmental en energy policy in an environmental management programme in 2010. It is a plan that contains our short-term and long-term measures for reducing the negative effects of our operations on the environment. Our focus is on the efficiency of our offices, the mobility of our employees, and the management of waste.
A combination of independence and ethics means that our employees work according to the self-assessment principle.
This is based on the following grounds:
- the Company Code applies to everybody, regardless of the individual concerned
- employees may hold each other accountable for each other’s conduct
- potential dilemmas that arise in everyday work will be discussed at regular times
- management and employees may approach the trusted persons designated by the Board for specific integrity dilemmas
- the Board is responsible for the firm’s integrity policy, assisted by the Integrity Committee
- the Integrity Committee consists of three persons, at least one is member of the Board as appointed under the firm’s articles of association
- the Company Code will be updated periodically by the Integrity Committee
All employees recognise that our firm’s core values and the assuming of responsibility towards our stakeholders are matters of fundamental importance to the firm’s continuity and to their personal performance.
Any actions in breach of the Company Code will be subject to sanctions in accordance with the manuals, instructions, and agreements (including contracts of employment). The Board will decide in any cases not covered by the regulations.