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CSR


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) boomed in the Netherlands a couple of years ago. Although it appeared to be a craze until 2010, the Netherlands now really have outgrown that phase. CSR has matured and can contribute to a permanently profitable organisation.

Lukassen & Boer and CSR
During the past few years, the management board discussed the incorporation of CSR at Lukassen & Boer on numerous occasions. Not because we wanted to join the craze, but because we wanted to consciously leave the right marks in our environment and society.

In 2013, we decided to take on less ad-hoc work and to actively provide a framework for CSR with regard to subjects that we felt would qualify. Please note however, CSR is a step-by-step process.


What is CSR according to Lukassen & Boer?
Lukassen & Boer distinguishes three CSR dimensions:

  1. Compliance
  2. Social responsibility
  3. Social commitment

Compliance

This is the dimension best known to us. This is about the extent to which our business operations and our behaviour comply with legislation. Integrity and the client's interests are important values and standards for our business.

Social responsibility

This is the way in which Lukassen & Boer carries out its core activities and takes responsibility with regard to the environment and the social context. At Lukassen & Boer we follow the three Ps: People, Planet, Profit.

If these three do not work together in harmony, one will suffer from the other.

Social commitment

For years now, the mission of Lukassen & Boer explains that the company feels it is important for our surroundings to be positively aware of our presence.


Lukassen & Boer has chosen to free up a budget each year to support projects or associations in the fields of:

  • Sports and health;
  • Youth work;
  • Cultural development;
  • Combating poverty;
  • Combating disease;
  • Providing care for third-world countries.

People 

Lukassen & Boer appreciate the sustainable deployability of our people, but also of the people we work with. We encourage personal development, as we need to continue to learn and develop in order not to be sidetracked in this branch of industry. Employees' personal responsibility grows strongly compared to things that were taken for granted in the past.

In addition to the above, health is also very important. We support our people with coaching programmes to improve their health. In this case too, employees have a strong sense of personal responsibility.


Planet 

Corporate sustainability is a result of concerns for our planet. What are we leaving behind for the next generation? Do we still have sufficient raw materials and consumables for the future? We want to prevent waste and reduce the use of hazardous substances.

Lukassen & Boer provides a framework for this as follows:

  • Our entire field staff fleet is hybrid or drives on electric power;
  • All soap, toilet paper, cleaning products and air fresheners are made of biodegradable products;
  • We drink organic tea or coffee with organic milk and sugar;
  • We are very conscious about printing documents. If we do print, we do so on organically sound paper;
  • We also continuously think how we can improve matters in that respect (e.g. saving energy and water consumption).

Profit 

Not only do we think about our legacy on this planet, we also want to leave a sustainable business in economic terms. Lukassen & Boer wants to make a long-term contribution to employment within the so-called Drechtsteden and our branch of industry in particular.

Profitability is a must to make this possible. Our policy decisions are based on long-term profits, not on short-term gain. We are not led by wanting to score a quick buck, because that would put pressure on the balance between People, Planet and Profit.


We also look for harmony between profitability, remuneration and preservation of jobs. During the past few years, we have noticed that in economically difficult times everyone can be asked to keep this into account. Employees who are able to do so often feel at home at Lukassen & Boer.