2021 Witteveen+Bos annual report
In 2021, Witteveen+Bos employees were involved in over 4,500 projects in 47 countries, working on challenging social issues such as carbon-neutral and circular construction, building sustainable infrastructure, the energy transition, flood protection, climate adaptation and improving industrial processes, high-quality drinking and waste water treatment, and environmental issues. We grew from 1,330 to 1,421 employees worldwide and closed the year, on balance, with revenues of EUR 160.3 million and a net profit of EUR 18.3 million.
Social value in projects
Our first objective is adding value through projects. In 2021 we worked on over 4,500 projects in 47 countries. By providing sustainable solutions through these projects, Witteveen+Bos is able to create societal value and contribute to the United Nations’ SDGs. Our seven Sustainable Design Principles (SDPs) are an important means of achieving this. Last year we start of a process of integrating biodiversity into all our advice and designs. We experimented and learned within projects by working with clients to add biodiversity ambitions to various types of projects.
Witteveen+Bos around the world
Plan for flood management approach on Trinidad
Ignatia Chew's story
Circularity study on Singapore’s Jurong Island
Elias Bouvry's story
Expo 2020 Dubai: Netherlands Pavilion
Dubai | United Arab Emirates
Movable bridge in Tallinn
Tallinn | Estonia
InBeeld participation platform applied internationally
ESIA for Tidal Bridge project in East Flores
Jan Dirk Smidt's story
Schelle power station
Belgium | Schelle
Weespersluis: green and water-rich residential development
Pilot test for highly alkaline water
Talent development is our second objective. We are committed to educating and developing (top) talent, harnessing diversity, and attracting new employees with the right knowledge. As at 31 December 2021, Witteveen+Bos employed 1,421 people worldwide. This represents a net growth of 91 employees, or 6.8 %. Accordingly, the processes of onboarding, getting to know each other, and establishing mutual connections remain very important.
Isabelle Vlasman's story
Remove Antibiotics and Pharmaceutical Residues from Water
Grebbedijk area development
Engineering services on Amsterdam’s bridges and canal walls
Gijs de Vries' story
Renovation Hoofdvaarweg Lemmer – Delfzijl
Solar park at Harnaschpolder WWTP
Sif deep-sea quay: enabling offshore wind energy
Edgar Rijsdijk's story
Beatriz Braga de Carvalho's story
Working on accessibility and quality: A7/A8 Amsterdam - Hoorn
Sustainable business operations
Sustainable business operations is our third objective. We have chosen to also opt for hybrid working post-corona. Combining work at the office, at a client’s premises, at a project location or from home contributes to a healthy work-life balance for our employees and to the flexible deployment of our talents. In Utrecht, we opened a green and sustainable office and we have started a pop-up office in Groningen, where Witteveen+Bos employees, students, clients and partners can meet, learn from each other and focus on innovations.
Our fourth objective strives to achieve healthy financial results. In the 2021 financial year, Witteveen+Bos N.V. achieved revenues of EUR 160.3 million, and a net profit of EUR 18.3 million. Financially, 2021 was a good year. Take a look at these figures, which illustrate our growth in revenues and profit. Nevertheless, we’re generally taking a cautious approach to things. It’s not yet clear what the terrible war in Ukraine and its economic effects will mean for Witteveen+Bos. We’re also witnessing increasing shortages in the labour market and rising costs due to high inflation.