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Community involvement

We believe it is important to make a contribution to the communities in which we live and work. That is why we sponsor cultural and social activities and initiatives in the maritime sector.

One of the underlying principles of Van Oord’s sponsorship policy is to give something back to or do something special for the community in which we are active. We involve ourselves in the environment in which we work by sharing knowledge and working with local experts. We add value by teaming up with research institutes, NGOs and other local partners.
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In its sponsorship policy, Van Oord focuses on five themes, all related to the marine sector:

Maritime sector
As a marine contractor, we sponsor the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam and the National Dredging Museum in Sliedrecht. Both museums offer visitors the chance to get acquainted with the Dutch dredging industry. The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue (KNRM) can also count on our support. Van Oord has become a partner in PortXL, a programme that supports innovative start-ups in the port area. 

Our cultural heritage is important to us. In Amsterdam we are one of the patrons of the Amsterdam Hermitage Museum. We have contributed to the new visitors centre at the UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk site, and we are one of the sponsors of Royal Yacht Piet Hein. This yacht was the national wedding gift to Princess Juliana and Prince Bernard, now placed in a foundation for the protection and preservation of maritime heritage.

Business locations
Van Oord sponsors the annual Summer Festival and the Lingehaven concert in Gorinchem. We have been a sponsor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for many years now. The young rowing and sailing talents who are trained by the Topsportfonds of The “Koninklijke Roei- en Zeilvereeniging ‘De Maas’” can also count on our support.

We take team spirit very seriously. We believe that it is important for our employees to have an active and healthy lifestyle. We are proud of employees who train every week as part of a team and represent Van Oord in competitions. Sport is also a unifying element in everyday life, not only in the Netherlands but all over the world.

Community investment
As part of our community involvement, we offer students of the IMC Weekend School a lesson at our head office in Rotterdam. The children who attend the IMC Weekend School voluntarily come from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. They give up their Sundays to attend lessons by guest teachers from the worlds of industry, science, and the arts and culture. In each discipline, pupils discover their own talents and grow as individuals.

Our commitment to the community does not stop at the Dutch border. We sponsor activities and projects in different parts of the world in which we operate. The projects vary from donating educational materials to schools to running lunch programmes for children. Van Oord recognises the importance of education and supports various organisations that help children in such countries as India, Indonesia and Brazil stay in school. For example, we support Peduli Anak, a foundation that helps underprivileged children in Indonesia by providing them with safe housing, education, and medical care.

Funding request

We appreciate initiatives from employees who are promoting good causes. If they submit properly documented applications for financial support, we are willing to honour their funding request.

Sharing knowledge

With operations around the globe, Van Oord attaches great value to knowledge sharing, innovation and establishing relationships with local stakeholders. Knowledge is power; knowledge shared is power multiplied.

EIC Mainport Rotterdam
The Educational Information Center Mainport Rotterdam (EIC) is established to improve the connection of education with the labour market. Young people are introduced to the port of Rotterdam and the many opportunities to work there. Together with companies such as Van Oord, the EIC ensures that the port of Rotterdam is visible and that young people can discover their talents.

Coral Harbour project
Another example of how we share knowledge is demonstrated in the Coral Harbour project in the Bahamas. Van Oord was called in to overhaul various navy ports to accommodate new vessels acquired by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. About 1500 coral colonies were successfully relocated from the footprint of the works to safe grounds, with an impressive survival rate of > 90% one year after transplantation. Van Oord decided than to cease the opportunity to further rehabilitate the local coral reefs. Together with the client, ngo’s and the tourism sector, Van Oord initiated a coral propagation project using its innovative laboratory ReefGuard. Both own-bred coral recruits and coral fragments collected from nearby reefs were placed in a newly build coral nursery, for outgrow into mature coral colonies. This so-called Coral Engine is now fully operated by the local partners, and it continuously provides new corals that are being used to rehabilitate the Bahamian reefs.