Posted on October 16, 2023
Van Oord has become the first marine contractor to join the IRBC Agreement for the Renewable Energy Sector. In the agreement, solar and wind energy companies, branch associations, the Dutch government, knowledge institutes, NGOs and trade unions are working together. The aim of the agreement is to promote international responsible business conduct (IRBC) in the renewable energy sector. This is done by jointly identifying risks in the value chain in the field of human rights and the environment and addressing or preventing them, for example through collective projects.
Signing the covenant is in line with Van Oord’s sustainability ambitions. Sustainability, innovation and collaboration are key to successfully facing today’s global challenges. Together we can create new solutions that contribute to a better world.
‘The demand for energy is growing and a renewable energy system is essential to providing the energy needed for the future. As an international community and also as an international marine contractor we are at the beginning of the energy transition. We are eager to contribute to this. Doing our projects in a responsible and transparent way is not only the right way, but also the way to do business in the future. Working together in this agreement gives us the opportunity to learn and improve, but also to share our expertise and best practices with other partners.’
— Karen Vennik, commercial director at Van Oord