Board of Directors' report
n 2021, Witteveen+Bos employees were involved in over 4,500 projects in 47 countries, working on social challenges such as carbon-neutral and circular construction, the energy transition, future-proof cities, wet and dry infrastructure, flood protection, climate adaptation, improving industrial processes, high-quality drinking and waste water treatment, and environmental issues. In 2021, we grew from 1,330 to 1,421 employees worldwide. On balance, we closed the year with revenues of EUR 160.3 million and a net profit of EUR 18.3 million.
We look back on yet another unusual year, in which we adapted to hybrid working and working from home and showed great flexibility during the various lockdowns across the world. It was also a year in which we celebrated our 75th anniversary with a fantastic digital event that also saw us look ahead to how we are positioned to face the biggest challenges of our generation: climate change and declining biodiversity. One of the year’s highlights was the opening of the Netherlands Pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai. This attractive, circular building, with innovative indoor climate systems, was designed by Witteveen+Bos in collaboration with our partners.
Last year, Witteveen+Bos employees, clients and partners again worked together in a flexible and cooperative manner and, together, put their shoulders to the wheel. This was especially necessary because of the challenging social circumstances, in combination with the need to ensure a good work-life balance. For this reason, we would like to thank and compliment all our colleagues, clients and partners. Our thanks also go to the Works Council (OR) and the Supervisory Board (RvC), with whom we were able to effectively exchange ideas and coordinate in 2021.
Maintaining regard for individual professionals, forging the right teams and collaborating effectively with all chain partners is more important than ever. We look forward to again tackling important social challenges together with clients and partners in 2022. Because engineering is and will always be people’s work. In this 2021 online annual report, we hope to be able to paint a nice picture of this.
Deventer, 11 April 2022
Board of Directors, Witteveen+Bos N.V.
Stephan van der Biezen
Maintaining regard for individual professionals, forging the right teams and collaborating effectively with all chain partners is more important than ever.Board of Directors' Witteveen+Bos N.V.