Working with local communities: ‘license to operate’

People are increasingly conscious of the importance of the quality of their living environment, their lives and their well-being.

Minimising the negative impact

Directly and indirectly, the port provides 100,000 jobs. The human factor in the port area is not just about employment, it is also about safeguarding health, combating the undermining of safety, mobility, nature and the living environment. The port authority therefore has a role to play in minimising the negative impact from the activities in the port area, such as CO2 emissions, road congestion, unnecessary use of space and nuisance caused by noise, odour and emissions. North Sea Port can also play an important part to make the port eco system resilient against the undermining of safety in the area.

Only if there is sufficient support within society will the port authority be able to achieve its ambitions for the further development of the port area. For example, establishing and expanding business activities and the transport and storage of certain goods.

Social added value

The port authority wants to be transparent about what it does and actively work to benefit local communities. It also wants to undertake only those projects whose social added value has been demonstrated. It wants to visibly work to restore nature and set a good example.

To earn this 'license to operate', North Sea Port will continue to engage in dialogue with and listen to stakeholders: businesses, public authorities and local residents and interest groups. After all, North Sea Port exists for the benefit of society.