Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

The right balance between people, planet and profit

We are committed to creating a sustainable balance between profit, people and the planet. Our CSR strategy is based on the pillars of sustainable entrepreneurship, social responsibility and environmental accountability.

The vessels and equipment that Royal IHC designs, builds and maintains have an undeniable impact on the environment. In addition, hundreds of people are directly or indirectly involved in our production processes. We are aware of the impact we have on people and the planet, and we take the responsibility that comes with it very seriously.

Sustainable entrepreneurship

In order to live up to our CSR ambitions, both now and in the future, we need to maintain our healthy financial and profitable position. Some of the key topics are:

  • innovation: by means of an innovation-oriented strategy  for the development and optimisation of products and processes, IHC aims to expand its market leadership
  • chain responsibility: Royal IHC utilises more than 4,700 suppliers worldwide for the supply of resources, raw materials, products and services. We work closely with them to jointly comply with the requirements of our customers
  • good governance: our code of conduct  describes the way in which IHC does business. It is the foundation for good governance and addresses issues such as human rights, fair competition, preventing corruption and privacy policies.

Social responsibility

IHC is committed to society in the broadest sense. Not only to the people inside our gates – we care about society in general and the employees of our suppliers, subcontractors and the overseas shipyards that we collaborate with. We take action on:

  • human rights and labour practices: under no circumstances will IHC ever use forced labour or child labour. We condemn human rights violations and child labour in the production chain and we endorse the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It is part of our code of conduct and infringement of this by our suppliers and subcontractors is not tolerated.
  • health and safety: health and safety are of paramount importance. IHC optimises safety procedures within its production processes, and focuses on training and educating employees in health and safety issues.
  • training and education: by means of various training/education and development programmes, employees are given the opportunity to develop and grow professionally
  • IHC Merwede Foundation: the IHC Merwede Foundation uses the passion and knowledge of the company for the benefit of children and adults for whom a little attention can make a world of difference

Environmental accountability

The activities our products are involved in affect the environment. Because we care about the planet, we are determined to reduce the ecological footprint of our products wherever possible. We aim to develop and supply the best technological solutions for our customers, with the understanding that a combination of environmentally friendly technology and the best operational techniques can limit the operational impact while protecting the environment.

Our activities in this respect include:

  • research into the environmental impact of dredging, offshore and mining operations
  • optimisation of fuel consumption and emission reduction
  • mitigation of underwater noise
  • reduction of turbidity.

We respond to these challenges with new innovations  and designs, thereby creating an improved value proposition for the customer while at the same time reducing pressure on the environment.

In addition, we are dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of our own production activities, our carbon footprint and the sustainability of our own facilities.