To push sustainable value creation forward, we have established a clear vision about how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into our daily operations. We want to continuously challenge ourselves to develop more sustainable solutions within our portfolio so that our operations become more environmentally friendly. We identified eight sustainability themes that will support us to create sustainable value.
Ethical Business in action
DEME Code of Ethics and Business Integrity
The DEME Code of Ethics and Business Integrity is based on the principle that we should always act with honesty and integrity in all matters. The Code’s purpose is to help our employees engage in the right behaviour and align with our core values. Complying with our Code of Ethics and Business Integrity paves the way for stronger relationships by enhancing the trust between us and our stakeholders. Our Code and its related documents provide useful guidance in making sound ethical business decisions in our daily work and inspire dialogue about the key ethics and compliance issues that we may face.
Raising and reporting integrity issues
At DEME we believe that the final building block of our integrity programme is the possibility for both our personnel as well as any concerned third party to raise integrity concerns without fear of reprisal.
For extended guidance on this topic we refer to the chapter “Raising And Reporting Integrity Issues” of our Code of Ethics and Business Integrity (‘Code’) which can be accessed by clicking the document above.
We all have the duty to promptly report any known or suspected violations of our Code, as well as any violation of applicable laws and regulations.
Your integrity concerns may be communicated on a disclosed or anonymous basis and can be filed:
- by email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- by telephone at: +32 3 250 53 06 (during business hours);
- by regular mail: Attn. Chief Compliance Officer, Scheldedijk 30, 2070 Zwijndrecht, Belgium.
Regardless the manner of escalation, all matters are reviewed carefully and investigated with the highest discretion. To the utmost extent permitted by law, we will keep your identity as well as any identifying element confidential at all stages of the process.
We strictly prohibit reprisal, threats or retaliation against any person who has reported a violation in good faith or who is assisting in an investigation, regardless whom the report concerns.
We are convinced that social dialogue and open communication between employees and management are essential for creating optimal and safe working conditions, establishing a fair policy in terms of working conditions and successfully executing all our activities.
CO2 performance ladder
In the Benelux, DEME is certified according to the requirements of the CO2 performance ladder, which encourages companies to map out and reduce their CO2 emissions. Since 2012 LRQA (an accredited independent party) has regularly verified our processes and results. In 2018 DEME passed the renewal audit with the highest qualification level (level 5). Widely used, the CO2 performance ladder is an instrument that helps organisations reduce their carbon emissions, in the performance of projects and in their business operations. The principle behind the ladder is that efforts concerning CO2 are rewarded economically; i.e. the higher score on the ladder, the better the company’s assessment in tenders.