Environmental & social responsibility

All across the globe, companies are committing to environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. Such efforts are imperative as we face a historical shift. While ESG is a vast and growing field, First Dutch has prioritised its efforts in decarbonisation, diversity and corporate governance to build long-term value.

We believe that transitioning to sustained growth is the only path to ensuring future success. That is why we are committed to helping our customers and partners reap sustainable growth opportunities. More specifically, we do so by sharing our insights, experience and expertise and helping to bring about responsible change among our family of companies.

Environment

While the industry is the engine of the modern world, we are also aware that it is an excessive contributor to the rising levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, we need to drastically reduce our impact on the environment in order to combat climate change and achieve a net zero world by 2050. The only pathway forward is when we transition to a more sustainable energy system. But that does not come without complex challenges: transitioning to a cleaner energy system requires significantly enhanced investments. At the same time, not all sectors can implement climate technologies or renewable energies simultaneously, which makes the progress of the energy transition not linear.  Resulting that we are not in line at present with the objectives set out in the Paris Agreement. Innovation will be key. After all, for most new clean technologies, the costs are reducing far too slowly to be able to bring down emissions at scale. Renewable energy sources, sustainable new technologies and supporting infrastructure must be made available and affordable quicker.  This calls for entrepreneurship and remarkable partnerships to ensure such technologies’ development, implementation and scale-up.

First Dutch assists established, conventional businesses in making the transition to a sustainable future while we encourage the development of new energy solutions. We also connect all parties across the value chain to increase collaboration and accelerate the energy transition.

Social

We want everyone to feel welcome and valued at First Dutch and continuously strive to offer an inspiring workplace. We provide development opportunities to support our people in reaching their full potential. Furthermore, we firmly believe that all employees in the First Dutch family of companies should perform their work in a safe working environment. That is why we continuously improve our safety culture and ensure a healthy work-life balance to look after the well-being of our people.

Human Rights

We protect and respect the rights and welfare of our employees and all our stakeholders. Our approach to human rights is based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The principles are deeply embedded in our policies, and we safeguard human rights in every aspect of our actions.

Employee development

We offer various development opportunities to our employees. Our leadership regularly liaises to discuss talent and find ways to match them to open positions within the First Dutch family of companies. This allows for the cross-pollination of talent and is instrumental in binding our people to the organisation. By doing so, we can exchange knowledge across the various business units of First Dutch, and our development opportunities are bringing people together with varying talents and backgrounds.

Inclusiveness and diversity

Our values define our character and culture and are the fundamental strength of our company. Everything we do is guided by our core values:

Trust, Entrepreneurship, Focus and Innovation 

Our values have also resulted in our ambitious people pushing the boundaries of innovation to become the organisation we are today. It is paramount that we ensure that our people and communities feel empowered to make a positive difference. Therefore, our diverse and inclusive work environment is designed to bring out the best in our people. To continue doing what we do best, everyone must be able to feel welcome, valued, and safe within the First Dutch family of companies. That philosophy enables us to collectively move towards a more sustainable future; we share our successes while continuously challenging each other to improve.

Giving back to our communities

With our First Dutch Foundation, we give back to the communities in which we operate. We do this by promoting voluntary work and donating to (local) organisations.

Find more about our First Dutch Foundation activities.

Governance

Responsible governance affects how we direct our company and our relationship with our stakeholders. We conduct all activities according to the highest ethical standards and legal frameworks and expect all our employees to comply with these standards.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

Our activities are guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to contribute to developing a prosperous future. The United Nations developed the SDGs to offer a blueprint to companies for how they can contribute to developing a more sustainable world. Out of the seventeen goals, our ESG objectives are focused on our three key priorities: decarbonisation, diversity, and responsible governance. Through our activities and partnerships, we are contributing to the following seven SDG goals:

 

 

Goal 3: good health and well-being

Ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Goal 4: Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Decent work and economic growth. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

Goal 13: Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.