One of the aims of the Freeport of Riga Authority is to promote general wellbeing of the society through responsible business practice and investment of corporate resources, which is not established by the law, but is rather a voluntary initiative of the company.
The greenest port
In neither country can port business be viewed only from the aspect of economic benefit – social processes and environmental impact that is unavoidably created by any economic activity of the port in current territories and their enlargement or change should also be assessed. The Freeport of Riga Authority is practicing a socially responsible work, especially activating the fact that there is the largest percentage of the green areas in the Freeport of Riga from all the ports of European countries. Keeping them in order is a proof of the social responsibility of the Freeport Authority.
Territories located closer to the center of the city and high density of population are being freed in the Freeport of Riga, directing the economic activity of the port towards territories closer to the sea with low density of population, used until now inefficiently: liquidation of the export port and implementation of the new project of Krievu sala. Improvement of infrastructure outside the economic activity field of the port is being systematically performed: construction of a tunnel under the railroad in Bolderāja, establishment of noise barriers near the railroad in Bolderāja, 200 thousand lats are spent per year for cleaning of the territory of Freeport, sites located in direct vicinity of the Freeport are put in order within limits. In 2010, the Freeport of Riga Authority is one of the organizers of the All-Latvian Working Bee. Environmental quality monitoring is being performed in the whole territory of the Freeport. Gradually, contemporary television surveillance and security systems are improved in the area of the Freeport.
The Freeport of Riga Authority has set increase of the number of employees in the enterprises located in the territory of the port as one of its targets. At the beginning of 2010, approximately 20 thousand people were employed in enterprises connected with the business of port, but after putting the new terminals and infrastructure objects into operation the number of employees will directly and indirectly grow by at least 5 thousand. Approximately two thousand people will be involved already in the implementation process of the island Krievu sala project.
Alignment with the network of "Green Award Ports"
The Green Award or green status is awarded to ports that promote preservation of their territory by attracting ships that are safe for exploitation, thus reducing the risk of pollution within the aquatorium of the port and the sea, and that use environment-friendly technologies and has a team that is well prepared for reacting in nonstandard situations connected with safety of sailing and environmental pollution. At the end of 2009, a decision was made to reduce the port fee for crude oil cargos that are reloaded in the Riga Port into ships that comply with the Green Award certification.
Accessibility of environment
Freeport of Riga has set safety in economic activity and safety of inhabitants as the most important in its operation. Therefore, accessibility to infrastructure objects is being limited, at the same time creating new access sites to River Daugava for the society. Last year, economic activity was discontinued in Vecmīlgrāvis, in the vicinity of Emmas and Meldru Streets where wide territory has been transferred for usage of inhabitants, establishment of new business structures and reconstruction of boat berths.
On 3 July 2003, a quality certification ISO 9001:2000 was issued to the Freeport of Riga Authority by the Bureau Veritas Quality International. On 10 June 2004, a quality certification ISO 14001:2004 was issued to the Freeport of Riga Authority by the Bureau Veritas Quality International, and it confirms compliance of the operation of the Freeport Authority with the EU environmental preservation directives.