To the Stakeholders of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.
Bureau Veritas UK has been engaged by Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) to provide independent veriﬁcation of its safety data reporting for inclusion in its 2013 CSR report (the Report).
The collation, calculation and reporting of the data is the sole responsibility of Boskalis. The objective of the veriﬁcation is to provide assurance to Boskalis and its stakeholders over the accuracy and reliability of the reported data.
Boundary & Scope
The reporting boundary for the safety data covers Boskalis’s global operations, including the acquisition of the Dockwise business in 2013 and sub-contracted workers that fall under Boskalis’s supervision, covering the period 1st January to 31st December 2013. The assurance focus is upon accuracy and reliability of selected information, the scope of which covered:
Lost time incident data presented on pages 25-27 and 68-69 of the report
reporting of ISO certifications for quality, health, safety and environment and of specific safety awards across the Boskalis group, as presented on pages 26 and 68of the Report;
alignment of the related safety data with the GRI G3.1 performance indicator LA7.
The scope of our work did not include information relating to activities outside the deﬁned reporting period, statements of a descriptive/interpretative nature, or of opinion, belief, aspiration or commitment to undertake future actions.
The veriﬁcation process included interviews with personnel with speciﬁc responsibilities for the management of data, document reviews, inspection of internal data collection processes, interrogation of databases and the sampling of safety and working hours’ related data for the group.
The lost time incident (LTI) rate has been recorded by Boskalis using its own methodology, supported by an internal procedure that is rolled out across the organisation. Limited assurance was undertaken in accordance with Bureau Veritas’ internal processes for the veriﬁcation of non-ﬁnancial performance data, in line with the ISAE3000 standard. Boskalis’s methodology for data collection, estimation and aggregation was evaluated for effectiveness and reliability. The LTI calculations are based upon estimated working hours data, the rationale for which was explained and accepted. Whilst sampling of data back to source was not always possible, there was unrestricted access to incident reporting on the SIRE system.
Based on the veriﬁcation conducted as per the above scope of work, we believe that the safety related data, as stated by Boskalis in its 2013 CSR Report, is reliable and does not contain signiﬁcant error, material misstatement or bias. Boskalis’s reporting against the GRI’s G3.1 LA7 indicator is a far attempt to present the company’s safety performance, and does so for lost time incidents, but excludes other speciﬁc reporting on rates for occupational diseases and absenteeism. Further more detailed reporting, including areas of good practice and recommendations for improvement, is provided to Boskalis in a separate management report.
Statement of independence, impartiality and competence
Bureau Veritas is an independent professional services company with more than 180 years’ history, that specialises in certiﬁcation and auditing services from public and customised schemes in the ﬁelds of quality, health, safety, environmental and security. Bureau Veritas has implemented a code of ethics across its business which ensures that all our staff maintains high standards in their day to day business activities. Bureau Veritas provides certiﬁcation services to Boskalis for its quality, health, safety and environmental management systems to international ISO standards which we believe to be complimentary to this veriﬁcation engagement. We are vigilant in the prevention of conﬂicts of interest and believe our veriﬁcation did not raise any such conﬂicts.
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1. LA7: Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatalities, by region and by gender.
2. ISAE 3000: Assurance engagements other than audits / reviews of historical ﬁnancial information, 2005.
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