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Our 5 accompanying SDGs

As well as the core SDGs we are contributing towards five secondary SDGs with our CSR policy. We call these the accompanying SDGs; they are the SDGs with which we reinforce the future resilience of our core activities.

SDG 5: Gender equality

'Equality between men and women is not only a human right but also the basis for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world', according to the UN. However, in reality, it appears that women and girls are often disadvantaged.

The gender equality goal states that men and women must have the same rights and be equally represented in various functions, with the same decision-making powers. They should have equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making. They must also have equal access to education and care around the world as well as equal opportunities for a full life.

In the Netherlands, the focus in this area is on three themes: employment market, social safety and acceptance, and gender diversity and equal treatment. Inequality in the Netherlands seems to have increased somewhat.  In managerial positions there are more men than women, and looking at the number of hours, more women than men work part-time. Women in the Netherlands also still earn less than men.

What are we doing?
The world around us is changing, the Netherlands is changing and we want to mirror that. We actively promote diversity as the norm at Gasunie because we believe that organisations with a wide variety of people are in a better position to attract talent, are more customer-oriented, are better at weighing up decisions and are more innovative. Diversity in the workplace benefits us particularly.
Our hiring policy takes account of the male/female ratio and we encourage women within our organisation to take up leadership roles. It goes without saying that men and women in the same position will receive equal pay. In the coming months we will be concentrating on employing staff (including temporary workers) with physical or mental disabilities or those with residence permits. We will also be paying more attention to diversity, inclusivity, informal care etc. in-house, in order to make our colleagues more aware of these topics.

Gasunie Green Deals
that contribute to this:

5 - Diversity and inclusivity

SDG 8: Honest work and economic growth

In short, decent work for everyone, which contributes to an improvement in personal circumstances, but not at the expense of the environment. Global unemployment continues to rise and this goal aims to create more jobs worldwide.
At the same time, child labour must be banned, as must modern slavery (human trafficking).

What are we doing?
We have always made every effort to be a good employer, paying attention to safety, health and the environment. We make sure that everyone who works for us or at our sites can do so safely and healthily. We assume our social responsibility as an employer not only for our own employees but also for those individuals who work elsewhere in production chains of which we are a part. For example, we have our own Supplier Code of Conduct, which our suppliers must sign before we conduct business with them. Working with MVO Nederland we are drawing up a plan with collaborative partnerships and/or other methodologies in which we can become involved, based on our larger purchasing categories and their production chains. We are looking at collaborative partnerships such as Electronics Watch, which keeps an eye on the rights of people employed in the electronics industry. In this way we can be sure that we are only doing business with suppliers who also act in accordance with this SDG.

Gasunie Green Deals
that contribute to this:

2 – Circular purchasing
4 – Social chains
5 - Diversity and inclusivity

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

The high rate of urbanisation also takes its toll on the water supply, the sewage system and, as a result, the living environment and public health. The challenge is to make cities more sustainable. Cities of the future must give everyone access to clean drinking water, accommodation, energy and transport by harnessing innovation and progress.

What are we doing?
We are helping to enhance the quality of life in cities by constructing sustainable energy infrastructure. Projects such as WarmtelinQ have a direct effect on air quality because (sustainable) heat replaces traditional fossil fuels and their emissions. We are also providing cleaner air with our CCS (Porthos/Athos) project. By using emission-free or low-emission working methods in the construction phase of these infrastructures, we are showing that we understand the social purpose of our projects. We are also contributing to cleaner mobility and therefore a better climate with our LNG activities in the Netherlands and Germany.

Gasunie Green Deals
that contribute to this:

2 – Emission reduction

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

In view of the growing world population, the way we produce goods needs to change. The UN gives as its starting point: 'produce more with less'. This includes using our drinking water more sparingly and reducing the use of polluting energy sources. Food production must be made cleaner and more effectively distributed.

In the Netherlands progress is being made towards a circular economy. Our use of raw materials is relatively efficient and we recycle a lot. However, on the other hand, we also produce a lot of waste. The government wants us to have a fully circular economy by 2050.

What are we doing?
We are limiting our energy consumption and emissions as much as possible. We use recompression where possible so as not to have to blow off gas. We also have special programs to limit leaks, to make our ‘gas transport’ product as sustainable as possible. We process the waste produced from our activities responsibly and recycle where we can. For example, during the refurbishment of our head office we reused as many existing materials as possible and most of the new materials were produced sustainably. We will continue to improve these existing activities, so that we can continue to guarantee responsible energy transport production. We have drawn up a Green Deal for making more circular and CO2-neutral purchases. We want to make our circularity measurable and include it in our product specifications. We are investigating possibilities for a raw materials passport.

Gasunie Green Deals
that contribute to this:

2 – Circular purchasing
4 – Social chains

SDG 15: Life on land

Both man and climate change are causing deforestation and desertification. Every year we lose 13 million hectares of forest and 3.6 billion hectares becomes desert through land degradation. This SDG aims to increase afforestation worldwide from 2020.

What are we doing?
Our work in a natural environment involves some degree of damage. We always try to limit the impact on our environment as much as possible. That's why we integrate our pipelines and installations into landscapes as naturally as possible. Where possible, we also return the environment where we are working to how it was before we started work. If we have to remove valuable natural features for our work, we will arrange for new plantings. Together with ecologists and other nature experts we are looking at possibilities for dealing with our environment as responsibly as possible. We participate in MVO Nederland's collaborative partnership Green Networks, in which we search jointly for promising locations to promote biodiversity. We are also looking into responsible mowing management, siting beehives and sowing flowers.

Gasunie Green Deals
that contribute to this:

6 - Biodiversity