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Ingenious people

We are Van Oord

It’s the ingenious people that make Van Oord: the things that drive them, their entrepreneurship, dedication, passion, team spirit and care, and what they want to share with the world.

Van Oord’s people represent 68 different nationalities but they all share the same passion. For water, for technology, for providing innovative solutions for maritime challenges and for achieving the best possible result. Whatever the project is, and in whichever of the almost 36 countries in which Van Oord works every year.

Passion for knowledge

The knowledge and experience of Van Oord’s rich past are sources of inspiration and the foundation on which to build its future. Van Oord’s employees’ thirst for knowledge is encouraged by a focus on career development. Because our projects and the environment in which we operate change constantly, working at Van Oord is a lifelong learning experience, at all levels in the organisation. By sharing knowledge, Van Oord ensures expertise will be passed on to future generations. By teaming up with research institutes, local experts, various universities, branch organisations and NGOs, we aim for the best result. Read more about our partners and suppliers and how we work on community involvement.

Our values

Maritime entrepreneurship
Our entrepreneurship has been shaped by the Netherlands’ centuries-long battle against water. This uniquely Dutch characteristic, the pioneering mindset, is rooted deep within us and makes us the best partner for our clients.

Professionalism and dedication
Van Oord’s people are dedicated and enterprising professionals with a will to win; we are committed, and we always aim to achieve the best result. We are in business to win.

Passion and inventiveness
We are driven by our passion for water and technology. As a team, we are eager to tackle marine challenges and find the pieces of the ingenious puzzles we’re solving.

Integrity, openness, respect, and team spirit
The knowledge, experience and teamwork of our ingenious people are the engines that drive our prosperity. They understand that cooperation is crucial to achieving the best possible result. By being open and honest, they build on mutual trust and respect.

Care for people
Care for people lies at the heart of our company. Working closely with our clients and partners, with respect for each other and the environment, we strive to earn a healthy profit. Our employees enjoy a safe working environment in which they continually embrace opportunities to learn.

Sound personnel policy

In 2015, Van Oord had almost 5,000 employees of 68 different nationalities working in approximately 36 countries. A sound personnel policy and a high level of safety is of vital importance to keeping our leading position in our markets. Learn more about Van Oord’s safety programme: Say YES to safety. All Van Oord employees are expected to abide by our company Code of Conduct.