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Boskalis jaarverslagen 2012

Internal risk management and control systems

The internal risk management and control systems of Boskalis are based on the principles of effective management control at various levels in the organization and tailored to the day-to-day working environment in which the company operates worldwide. One of the main foundations for risk control is the internal culture of the company, which is characterized by a high degree of transparency with regard to the timely identification, evaluation and reporting of risks and the avoidance of potentially perverse incentives. Given the hands-on nature of the company’s management style and the short lines of communication, there are three important factors in assessing and evaluating the internal risk management and control systems and practices at Boskalis:

  1. In the daily operations the backbone of operational risk management and control is formed by an extensive framework of quality assurance rules, procedures and systems, including clear guidelines for responsibilities, decision-making and risk control. The adequacy of this framework is reviewed regularly, also in light of the increasing diversity of the contracting and project activities the company performs in line with its strategy. In addition to audits by external certification agencies, Boskalis also performs regular internal audits under the auspices of the SHE-Q department. Reports of these audits are a regular topic of discussion at meetings between the Board of Management and the business unit managers.

  2. The daily management of the organization is based on clear responsibilities and short, clear lines of command which are unambiguously defined. Speed, know-how and decisiveness are of the essence, both competitively and in project implementation. Daily management is hands-on.

  3. The progress and development of the operating results and the company’s financial position, as well as the operational and financial risks, are monitored by means of structured periodical reporting, analysis of the financial results and performance reviews at Board of Management and senior management levels.

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