17 February, 2011
DanWatch informed Ramboll that it was about to publish a report about two contractors’ violations of the human rights of migrant construction workers in Dubai. The contractors were involved in the same projects as Ramboll. Ramboll had not previously focused on the social responsibility performance of contractors with whom Ramboll did not have a contractual relationship.
21 February, 2011
Several Danish media ran critical stories about the DanWatch report.
Ramboll initiated a dialogue with the Danish Association of Consulting Engineers, the Confederation of Danish Industries, and FIDIC (the International Federation of Consulting Engineers).
Ramboll launched its new policy ”Obligation to Act” for all Ramboll employees and also informed more than 5,000 customers about the new policy. Today all Ramboll employees have an obligation to act if they become aware of violations of human rights caused by project partners.
Launch of a ”Suppliers’ Declaration” aimed at all suppliers, sub-consultants and consortium partners.
Speak openly to customers about problems. It is useful to speak openly to customers. It is considered professional behaviour that the consultant pays attention to social responsibility challenges.