We make a positive contribution to society in carrying out our statutory duty as a gas infrastructure company. However, we wish to do more for society, and we are doing so in various ways, such as described in the examples below.
Cooperation in the field of archaeology
Sometimes, our activities take place in areas where archaeological findings have been made or are expected to be made. In such cases, we cooperate with archaeological consultancy RAAP to first search the area for the presence of any archaeological remains.
Sponsoring and donations
We sponsor activities and events and make donations in regions where we are directly active, particularly to support cultural events and youth sports activities. We also organise lectures on CSR and other subjects at secondary schools and universities. We frequently give free access to our head office and our catering facilities to student associations and other relevant organisations. We also sponsor student events by providing free use of equipment and furniture for holding conferences. In 2013, we spent € 230,880 on sponsoring and donations.
In Germany, we sponsor ‘Behinderten Sportverband Niedersachsen’, a sports association for people with disabilities. We are also sponsor of the regional paralympics for disabled children in Niedersachsen.
Gasunie greatly values and supports employees’ social activities. Many of our employees do volunteer work for sports clubs, support cultural projects, participate in local politics, or are dedicated to the application of sustainable energy and improving the quality of life in their community. Many of our employees who go to work by bike take part in the Dutch national campaign ‘Fietsen Scoort’. The proceeds of this campaign are used to finance sustainable projects in developing countries. We double the amount that our employees collect for this good cause.
Educational package for safety
Whenever we conduct major infrastructure projects, such as laying a pipeline or building a station, it inevitably involves a great deal of heavy traffic. Our drivers have therefore been trained to focus on safety. To raise awareness about safety among local children, we have also compiled an educational package that we distribute to primary schools in the vicinity of our activities. In addition, we also participated in an episode of a Dutch children’s TV programme, in which we explain why we transport gas and how this can be done safely. Most of the materials are freely available on our website.
We believe that art in our office environment helps to create a pleasant workplace for our employees. Gasunie has a modest art collection that is displayed throughout our offices in the Netherlands and Germany. Each year, we organise several exhibitions at our head office. This provides a good platform for the (usually young) artists. In 2013, we spent € 15,716 on art.
Bees project with Wageningen University Research
In cooperation with Wageningen University Research (WUR), we initiated a project for studying wild bees. Wild bees are very important to the agricultural sector, but the mortality of bee populations in the Netherlands is increasing. This is partly due to the fact that their habitat is continuously shrinking. We therefore joined forces with WUR to examine whether, with some adjustments, industrial areas can be turned into suitable habitats for this type of bee. We gladly participate in this research, because we feel involved in the agricultural sector in the Netherlands. Many of our pipelines are, of course, located under agricultural land. One of our locations and various pipeline routes have been converted into habitats; for instance, by sowing flower seed mixes and creating nesting opportunities. Some Gasunie employees have been trained by an environmental scientist to collect data, which are then processed by WUR. The project, which was launched in 2012, will run for three years. If it proves to be successful, we will see if we can create more habitats of this type.