As one of the largest construction companies in the Netherlands (and with activities in the UK, North America and Germany), there is hardly a province, municipality, city or village where VolkerWessels does not play a role in shaping the living environment. But besides our activities, our 130 local companies and 17,000 colleagues are also at the heart of society. Together, we try to make the world a little more beautiful, stronger and future-proof every day, especially for future generations.
This vision is reflected in our primary processes and, for example, through our Emission-free2030 climate programme, but also through initiatives and partnerships that have social value for us. For instance, we dedicate ourselves to (vulnerable) children by facilitating birthdays together with Stichting Jarige Job, or by constructing Tiny Forests in schoolyards together with IVN Natuureducatie. At local level, we also support large and small initiatives (suggested by employees through our internal channels) that contribute to a sustainable and healthy society.
We also use our partnerships to help young people develop their talents and pursue their dreams, as we do with our own VolkerWessels Cycling Team. In addition, partnerships help us to organise special activities and show colleagues, future colleagues and the general public what we have to offer, such as during the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort.
At various locations in the Netherlands, VolkerWessels is creating Tiny Forests: pieces of densely grown, indigenous forest the size of a tennis court. To this end, we are working together with the IVN Nature Education Foundation and Earthwatch Europe. We have already created Tiny Forests in Limburg, North Brabant, Drenthe, Groningen and Overijssel and have plans to create many more. This makes VolkerWessels currently the IVN's largest partner for the construction of Tiny Forests in the Netherlands.
There are children in the Netherlands who cannot celebrate their birthday because there is no money for it at home. Jarige Job Foundation helps these children by giving them a birthday box worth €35. This box contains everything needed for a real birthday, at home and at school! VolkerWessels is a friend of Jarige Job because we believe that every child deserves a birthday.
VolkerWessels Cycling Team
The VolkerWessels Cycling Team is a cycling team at Continental level. Together with a professional support team, our 16 ambitious riders compete for victory at home and abroad. VolkerWessels stands for talent development and we therefore do everything in our power to help realise the sporting ambitions of our riders. Moreover, through sustainable cooperation with the business community, we are able to support the social development of our riders so that success is achieved not only on but also off the bike. Finally, we consider a healthy body and strong mind of great importance. We therefore use our team to promote vitality among our employees.
Dutch Grand Prix
The Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix at CM.com Circuit Zandvoort is an event where innovations, technology and realisation come together at the highest level and on a world stage. As one of the proud main sponsors, we use this fantastic event to present our company with our 130 operating companies to our 17,000 colleagues, future colleagues and the rest of the Netherlands. The VolkerWessels-built circuit with its famous banked corners shows what we are capable of and hundreds of colleagues volunteer every year to ensure the event runs smoothly.
Reggeborgh skating team
We are extremely proud to be able to call ourselves sponsors of the Reggeborgh skating team from season 2023/2024 onwards! A team where various disciplines come together at the highest level and where an incredibly powerful energy has been radiating for years. We see many similarities with VolkerWessels, where we also work together with a multitude of disciplines to achieve the best possible performance every day.
VolkerWessels and the Rijksmuseum announced in December 2020 that they have entered into a partnership for a period of at least three years. In addition to an annual contribution, this partnership will focus on making the museum's accommodation more sustainable. VolkerWessels will deploy its expertise in this regard, contributing to the preservation and accessibility of the collections.
Amsterdam Light Festival
VolkerWessels is a proud partner of the Amsterdam Light Festival, which is organised every winter, with artworks created especially for the festival. The festival also realises special projects in collaboration with artists, partners and various stakeholders in the city. The twelfth edition has the theme 'LOADING...Revealing Art, AI and Tech' and will take place from 30 November 2023 to 21 January 2024.