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Corporate social responsibility

At Brunel, corporate social responsibility means that we look after our people, develop our environment, respect fundamental human rights, and practice good tax governance.

Developing our people and our environment

At Brunel, we feel strongly about fostering a healthy, educated and sustainable workforce, and providing our people with a healthy and safe work environment. Acquiring and building on the local knowledge and expertise of our staff is a key factor in our success. Our people are our main asset, and so as our organisation grows, we need to invest in and develop our staff and specialists:

Development and education 

We’re enthusiastic about developing local future talent. This includes providing opportunities for our people to work on cutting-edge projects, as well as sourcing educational institutions to educate the next generation.

Here are some of the ways we invest in the younger generation:

  • We have active apprenticeship positions to develop trade skills in the offshore construction industry.
  • We play an active role in social projects that are intended to streamline the future labour market. An example is our participation in Jet-Net Youth and Technology Network Netherlands, which encourages students to study technology. 

Naturally we’re strongly focused on our existing staff, too. The Brunel Academy is the umbrella organisation for all study programs and training courses that we offer to our people. These include skill-training courses, seminars, workshops, a management development course, vocational training courses and other internal or external study programs, to help our people improve and develop in their roles. 

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Charitable causes and donations

  • We support an education program in Papua New Guinea by donating classroom essentials and sports equipment to children in small villages.
  • We give to the Tantawan (Chevron FPSO) Charity in Thailand, which supports the Bann Chark Thai poverty school in Chantaburi Province, which educates poor rural students. Our donation includes new computers for the school library, scholarships and school building renovation activities.

Developing our environment 

We work hard to meet the ever-changing demands of our local markets. For example, we provide know-how, an international network, labour, materials and funding to Engineers Without Borders. Over the past two years, we’ve contributed to the building of a photovoltaic installation in Zimbabwe and to the implementation of sustainable waste disposal in Bali.

We focus on attracting existing local expertise and, where necessary, bring in international expertise to train and develop the local expertise of the future. Our operations in Russia Sakhalin, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Thailand are good examples of how we’re maximising local employment opportunities to build local economic growth.

All of our offices support local initiatives – we provide knowledge, facilities and/or funds to sponsor activities for sport, health, human rights and voluntary work during office hours.

Looking to the future, we’re always working on reducing our offices’ environmental impact. Our measures include waste separation, paper use, carbon dioxide-neutral postal dispatches, transport, energy consumption, and office cleaning.

Human rights

We respect fundamental human rights, our approach to human rights is informed by general concepts as described in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines to protect human rights and social development.

Defending human rights, both internally and externally, has been integrated into our existing governance and business management systems. It is also expressed in our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, Equal Opportunity Policy, Standards of Business Conduct, and our Health, Safety & Environmental Policy.

We provide annual e-learning programs on Code of Conduct and General Business Principles to train employees on both ours and our clients’ Business Principles, including respect for our employees and support for human rights.

Tax governance

We pay taxes according to local tax laws everywhere we operate, and have no evasive tax structure. Paying our fair share in taxes is an important part of our corporate responsibility and ultimately contributes to the economic growth in the countries in which we operate. Transparency is extremely important to us and our financial affairs can be found in our annual reports.