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Sustainability commitment and approach

The world we live in is changing faster than ever before, driven by population growth, people moving to cities, increasing demands for natural resources, technological developments including digitisation and the increasing effects of the climate change. Finding sustainable solutions for these challenges requires companies, governments and individuals to work together and Fugro is committed to contributing and leading such initiatives. Fugro, together with its clients, plays a fundamental role in responding to these global challenges and providing solutions for a safer and more liveable world.

For Fugro, sustainable business means that we continuously rethink what we do and how we do it

In line with our strategic objectives, we unlock insights from Geo-data, a critical element for the sustainable development and operation of our clients’ infrastructure, plants, buildings and natural resources. With our products, services and innovative solutions, we directly contribute to modern infrastructure, climate change mitigating projects such as flood and coastal protection, and safe and efficient power grids. Fugro plays an important role in the ongoing energy transition with the development of renewable energy assets such as offshore windfarms, while assisting in safe and efficient development, construction, operation and decommissioning of fossil fuels while this is still an important part of the global energy mix. Fugro, together with its clients and other stakeholders, plays a fundamental role in creating a safe and liveable world.

Through our integrated digital foundation, we support clients in managing the challenges of today and tomorrow. Fugro’s services and solutions are essential for the sustainable development and operation of large and complex infrastructure, industrial plants, buildings and natural resources.

For Fugro’s own operations, our objective is to reach net zero by 2035, covering all carbon emissions from operations (scope 1 and scope 2 emissions)

For Fugro, ‘how we do it’ is equally important. We are committed to conducting our business safely, with the best people and in the most efficient way, using innovation for continuous improvement and to minimise the impact on the environment, while remaining compliant with relevant rules and regulations.

Fugro has defined 9 sustainability focus areas that are important for our stakeholders and ourselves: Health & Safety -  Diversity & Inclusion - Talent attraction, learning and development – Emissions, energy use & energy transition – waste management – digitalisation - -Innovative solutions – Data management, and Business ethics & compliance.. For these focus areas we have clear programs and objectives in place.

We apply Geo-data to help create a safe and liveable world

United Nations sustainable development goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call for action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Of the 17 interconnected SDGs, our solutions and services for the energy and infrastructure markets are directly aligned with three Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, we apply our knowledge and resources to help other areas of development: Life below water and life on land.

In line with our materiality assessment and full evaluation of the sub targets of each SDGs we have decided to focus on 5 of the 17 SDGs where we consider Fugro’s contribution most meaningful.



Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Fugro provides site characterisation services for the development of a variety of clean energy resources, most notably for offshore windfarms, worldwide. And although the energy transition is gaining speed, fossil fuels will remain an important part of the energy mix for years to come. Our sustainable and innovative solutions enable clients to develop vital fossil resources in a safe and responsible manner, reducing their CO2 footprint and mitigating risks. In addition, Fugro focuses on reducing its own carbon footprint, most notably from its vessels, through a variety of innovations and programs and promotes the energy efficiency of its offices and assets.


Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Fugro’s site characterisation and asset integrity solutions ensure the safe and sustainable development and management of a variety of infrastructure assets. Fugro also contributes its expertise of subsurface conditions to infrastructure development and coastal protection initiatives to protect cities and communities from flooding and offers a comprehensive approach to water resources management. With our wealth of specialist resources and digital solutions we can readily support projects in areas of seismic activity, extreme weather, environmental sensitivity or urban or industrial complexity, and deliver data, analysis and advice needed to improve sustainable asset design and performance.

Fugro actively partners with governments, industry, research and development institutes globally and participates in standard setting organisations.


Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

Fugro is active in mapping coastal areas of vulnerable geographies including small islands. Fugro’s environmental baseline studies determine the initial environmental status of projects and enable the future monitoring of its impacts. Fugro’s technologies help to identify and map oil seepage from abandoned well sites and help reduce the footprint of exploration activities. Fugro also supports the development of coastal and marine areas by actively contributing to Seabed 2030, a program aimed at a complete mapping of the ocean floor for scientific, environmental and economic benefits. Fugro is a recognised private sector ocean science partner in initiatives across UN, IHO and the IOC, including the UN Ocean Decade for Ocean Science.


Goal 15 Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Fugro is actively involved in minimising the impact on terrestrial ecosystems and land degradation through flooding, through sustainable levee designs as well as our water management consultancy.

The need for sustainable management of forests and combatting desertification and halting biodiversity loss requires urgent attention to help minimise further global warming. In 2020, Fugro will further asses how it will help programs to support sustainable management of forests and combatting desertification and halting biodiversity loss using our extensive know-how in areal imagery and by actively supporting project for re-greening degraded lands.

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