'COVID-19 has put sustainability on the agenda even more prominently' - Bilfinger Tebodin in the media


Diana Seijs, Senior Consultants Sustainability, and Erik Vanbriel, Senior Consultant Safety & Risk Management at Bilfinger Tebodin gave an interview to Planet Business, a Dutch magazine, on the industry challenges and risks in the field of sustainability. Below you can read the article translated to English!

Responsible entrepreneurship includes strategic risk management…

Vanbriel: “That is right! We have noticed that companies are increasingly including the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their strategies. Not only the ROI is important, these sustainability goals also guide the decisions.”

Seijs: “We focus on integrated chains and therefore also on many types of risks. The demands that companies must meet also change with changes in society. Moreover, in our case it concerns core processes and therefore significant investments. Often you only have one chance to do it right. Our expertise in the area of permits and legislation naturally offers great added value.”

Vanbriel: “New uncertainties make risk management increasingly relevant. What do you do if measures that are more stringent affect your core processes? Or when raw materials you use are banned or no longer available? The last thing you want is to be behind on the facts. That is why a conscious proactive approach is a precondition for survival and growth as a company.”

What is the influence of COVID-19 on public opinion?

Seijs: “COVID-19 has already put sustainability on the agenda even more prominently – the stakeholder environment has changed. Do companies want to keep their right to exist? Then they should listen to this. In this way, private and public come together very closely.”

Vanbriel: “Suddenly the mobility problem has been temporarily solved and the air is cleaner again. This tipping point is an opportunity for companies to start thinking more about sustainability. Until recently, the great burdens of our economic system were passed on to the entire planet. That is different now. It also became painfully clear how globalization had made us very dependent. The trend towards decentralization now seems to have accelerated.”

A sustainability strategy is therefore a basic condition

Seijs: “An integrated approach is now becoming even more important. When it comes to certifications, it is also crucial to look beyond your own context and the near future. For the timing of the investments, it is essential to factor in the impact of the sustainability trends. We do this based on calculation models, scenario mapping and chain analysis. It is also unseen and significant that companies are now begging for something to hold on to for sustainability from the government.”

Vanbriel: “We proactively calculate and visualize the impact of process steps on the SDGs. Not only is the impact on the environment considered, but also the financial aspect. That is unique."

You can find the link to the original article in Dutch here.