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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.

Sponsoring

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. 

Culture
Our cultural heritage is important to us. In Amsterdam we are one of the patrons of the Amsterdam Hermitage Museum. We are contributing to the new visitors centre at the UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk site, and we are one of the sponsors of a new exhibition about water management in the Flood Museum (Watersnoodmuseum).

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. 

Sport 
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.

Battle of the Beach: young marine engineers battle the water

Building sand castles on the beach with schoolmates and learning about water management as you play. Every year, primary school pupils gather on the beaches for the Battle of the Beach. After a guest lecture about coastal defence and the fight against water, the teams start building a sand castle that they hope will outlast the others against the incoming tide. Van Oord is the main sponsor of the Battle of the Beach. We hope the contest will get children interested in water management and marine engineering. In 2017, the Dutch Water Authorities chose the Battle of the Beach as winner of the Water Innovation Award in the category ‘Water Awareness’.

Coral Harbour project
Another example of how we share knowledge is the Coral Harbour project in the Bahamas. Van Oord was called in to overhaul various marine bases so that they could accommodate new vessels acquired by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The client, local authorities, interest groups and Van Oord decided together to transfer coral along one of the access channels to a suitable location. Initial monitoring revealed that after one year, over 90% of the more than one thousand corals transferred had survived – an impressive survival rate. Van Oord itself also initiated a coral-breeding pilot project using its innovative ReefGuard. Our cooperation with Wageningen University and various local parties has allowed us to share important expertise and best practices.