Corporate Social Responsibility

The Environmental Sciences Group (ESG) takes its social responsibilities by implementing a policy focused on a balance between economic, ecological and social interests.

The ESG, comprising Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) and the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University & Research, contributes to a high-quality and sustainable green living environment, through carrying out fundamental and applied research and providing academic education. The quality of our research and education activities is our main priority, with consideration for the interests of people and the environment in their mutual relationships. The Employees, students, clients and other interested parties can rest assured that aspects such as safety, health, welfare and the environment will be taken into account when policy choices are made. Communication, openness and fulfilling agreements are core concepts within the approach chosen.

CSR according to the guideline ISO 26000

By applying the international guideline on Social Responsibility, NEN-EN-ISO 26000, the ESG wants to deal with its social responsibility (CSR) in a proper and verifiable way. The principles and themes described in the guideline are important  starting points for the decision making process within the ESG. By signing a self-declaration (according to the methods described in NPR 9026:2011)  the ESG intends to periodically evaluate and assess relevant principles and themes. Priorities for the coming period are: active involvement of stakeholders, the role of the ESG in society and CSR aspects in the preparation of international project proposals.

To demonstrate that we take our social responsibility seriously the self-declaration is reviewed and placed on the publishing platform of the NEN (in Dutch).

Quality improvement

Throughout the organisation, work is being done to improve quality. The objective is to successfully round off reviews as a test of scientific quality. Spearheads represent the motivation to ensure that clients are satisfied and that research is of a high quality. Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) employs a quality-management system in line with the ISO standard 9001:2008.

Environmental performance

Devoting attention to the green living environment occupies a central position within the organisation. The aim is to achieve continual improvement in our environmental performance. An active environmental policy forms an integral part of the ESG’s operations and business strategy. The ESG complies with all applicable environmental legislation and regulations, as well as Wageningen University & Research its environmental policy and relevant covenants. ESG works with an environmental management system in accordance with the NEN-EN ISO standard 14001:2004.

Health and safety

The ESG offers a good-quality and safe working environment and wants to prevent any harm to the health of employees and other concerned parties. The policy focuses on protecting personnel from pressure that could have a negative impact on their performance.

The points of departure for the sustainability policy of the ESG are included in the sustainability statement (in Dutch) signed in January 2012.