Environmental and human impacts

We put humans and stewardship of nature at the heart of our strategy and values.

As a company, Ramboll follows high standard in its operations to protect the environment and preserve natural resources. Our own environmental performance provides us credibility when working as The Partner for Sustainable Change, helping clients meet their sustainability ambitions.

Environmental impacts

Ramboll respects and follows internationally recognised environmental principles as stated in the Rio Declaration including applying a precautionary approach, as reflected in our environmental management policy.
We manage the environmental impact from both projects and our operations through our certification according to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.
For details on our climate targets, please see here:
Science based targets in line with 1.5°C
Ramboll is ISO 14001 certified in most of the company’s business units and has the target that the remaining business units are ISO 14001 certified before end of 2023.

Water impacts

Water is a valuable and increasingly scarce resource. To help protect the environment, Ramboll will reduce water consumption by 15% per employee by 2025 (from a 2016 baseline) and reuse secondary water such as rainwater whenever feasible.
Ramboll’s global water team creates value for clients and societies by converting challenges related to water, climate and sustainability into opportunities, and globally we employ more than 1,000 water specialists. We also apply this expertise to our own operations, as activities in our offices will inevitably lead to some waste and wastewater. Ramboll is committed to reducing this through, recycling, spills and hazardous waste management.

Human impacts

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    UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

    Ramboll does not undertake projects with an aggressive, destructive, or suppressive purpose towards nature or people. Ramboll is committed to respecting human rights in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
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    Modern Slavery Act

    We also follow the requirements in accordance with the United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act and the Indian Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act.
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    Due diligence

    As an employer, Ramboll can potentially cause adverse human rights impacts. We conduct due diligence by assessing our potential impacts on employees, implementing corrective actions and training employees in human rights related policies and procedures. In 2022 we aim to develop new due diligence guidelines to assess negative and positive human rights impacts in our project management.
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    Impact assessments

    Ramboll has a strong expertise in advising clients on how to develop and embed their company human rights policies, ensuring they are aligned with international standards and applying due diligence. This includes conducting human rights risk or impact assessments as well as tailor-made training for management and key employees.

Anti-corruption and bribery

Ramboll takes a proactive, zero-tolerance stance against corruption and bribery, as well as anti-competitive, antitrust and monopoly behaviours, such as price fixing and cartels.
To reduce the risk of non-compliance, we embed policies, guidelines, and processes – covering anti-corruption, international sanctions, and data privacy – into our daily operations. In parallel, our Business Integrity programme provides colleagues with the guidance they need to navigate increasingly complex operational risks and rapidly evolving legal environments.
In 2021, our material corruption risks included operating in countries with higher risks of corruption, often involving local suppliers and subconsultants, which require thorough due diligence and appropriate mitigating actions and supervision.
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Ramboll’s whistleblower system

Ramboll’s whistleblower system further safeguards against malpractice. It enables our employees, business associates and other external stake- holders to speak up if they identify or experience irregularities with Ramboll’s core values and commitments, any of our Group policies and procedures, as well as any legal misconduct. In 2021, 103 compliance and whistleblower reports were submitted to our Global Business Integrity and Compliance Function, as compared with 125 reports in 2020.