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12 Oct 2015

EIC holds Workshop on Supply Chain Responsibility in International Construction Projects in Rotterdam

EIC held its Autumn Conference with a workshop on “Connecting Partners – Supply Chain Responsibility in International Construction Projects”.

As a follow-up to the workshop, held in Rotterdam on 09 October, EIC shall start to collect best practice examples of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in international markets among European contractors active in the EIC network.

Following a key-note speech by the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Professor Jan Peter Balkenende, a distinguished workshop panel discussed opportunities and challenges for European contractors when forming responsible supply chains and investing in sustainable infrastructure projects.  

EIC President Philippe Dessoy opened the workshop by highlighting the business case for CSR. Professor Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, insisted that due diligence was a “moving target” changing with the nature of the company business and that the key to success was companies’ ability to create leverage.

Patrick Kanters, Managing Director Global Real Estate & Infrastructure, APG Asset Management, outlined the methods his institution used to measure sustainability along the supply chain. Rutger Theunissen, Director Procurement Europe at CB&I, added that best results were achieved when suppliers and sub-suppliers were involved at an early stage of project execution.

Gebhard Lehmann, Vice Chairman of the Management Board of German machine manufacturer Herrenknecht, illustrated how a close relationship between his company and suppliers had led to greater responsibility in the supply chain. Sjoerd Hermans, Team Manager Procurement at Royal Boskalis Westminster, explained how his company conducted the cooperation with suppliers and subcontractors on responsible business conduct.

In addition, Mark Job, Partner at Pinsent Masons, pointed out the negative impact of bribery on the price of projects and on the image of contractors. Finally, Steven Wilbrenninck, Product Manager Stadiums at BAM International, presented strategies to deal with challenges arising from CSR requirements.

All speakers engaged in lively discussions with the conference participants moderated by Ad Buisman, Partner and Global Construction Leader at EY.