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Introduction

This is a special edition of Witteveen+Bos News which takes ‘Working With Impact’ as its theme. This is also the theme of the company’s Platinum Jubilee: 2016 is the year in which we mark the seventieth anniversary of the founding of Witteveen+Bos.

Witteveen+Bos wishes to play a prominent and positive role in addressing societal challenges, both today and in the future. We do so by ‘working with impact’. We are aware of our responsibility and the opportunities we have to leave the world in a better state than we found it. For seventy years, we have been devising and implementing solutions with this aim in mind. The impact of our work is visible in the form of buildings, roads, water defences and water treatment plants.

Many of our projects contribute to the human environment and the wellbeing and quality of life of millions of people worldwide. However, there remains much to be done. In late 2015, the United Nations announced the Sustainable Development Goals, a universal ‘call to action’ that clearly defines the challenges to which the global community must rise.

Almost 1,100 Witteveen+Bos staff at home and abroad are helping to design the world of tomorrow. They work closely alongside partners in the public, private and research sectors to develop solutions with maximum impact.

We have therefore invited some of those partners to contribute to this special edition of Witteveen+Bos News. What does ‘impact’ mean to them? What do they see as the most pressing issues of today and tomorrow? What can we, as engineers, do to maximise our contribution to resolving these challenges? How can we do so as individuals? Our partners answer these and many other questions in their contributions and interviews. We hope that readers will draw inspiration from the various visions they describe. We also hope that you will share your knowledge and ideas with us, with your fellow readers and with the people in your network, as this will greatly increase our joint impact.