About Tauw

We are Tauw: an independent European consulting and engineering company with a strong focus on the environment. We are environmental consultants. We use our knowledge and experience to create sustainable solutions for a better environment. We are proud professionals who strive to balance economic, environmental and social aspects in everything we do.

Who we are


Tauw contributes to a sustainable environment. We advise and support companies, industries and governments on making choices for sustainable development. We do not do this alone, but together with our loyal customers who are often more like partners. And with passionate professionals who are proud of the solutions they come up with. Together we devise sustainable solutions.

Our range of services is wide, as is our expertise. We aim to offer integrated solutions, tailored to our customer’s needs. Our dedicated people have a great sense of responsibility and care for the environment.

Global presence, local expertise

In addition to technical expertise, a wide product portfolio and great empathy, there is another crucial pillar in Tauw’s consultancy: local presence. We can rely on an extensive network of regional offices in Europe and an excellent worldwide network. This allows us to work closely with our customers and develop long-lasting relationships. An added benefit of this is that we are at the forefront when it comes to knowledge and development of local legislations. Thus, we can offer country-specific solutions.

“We can openly say that we are independent consultants who have no other interest than to find the best environmental solution for our customers. That is something to be proud of”

Our mission

Tauw has a mission: to contribute to a sustainable environment, together with our customers. We believe that the quality of our living environment can always be improved. As long as this is our conviction, we continue to exist and do what we do best.

Our mission is our promise

Our proud professionals use their knowledge and willpower to create sustainable and efficient solutions for a better environment. Ultimately, our objective is to create actual benefit to the environment, to economy and overall to society.

“I am very proud to be working for a company that has ‘sustainable solutions for a better environment’ as a mission.”

Our story

Our mission has been in our DNA ever since the foundation of Tauw in October 1928 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. It may not come as a surprise that water is at the root of our company. Tauw was established due to a rising need of independent and technical advice on water management issues. Our name is in fact an acronym of Technisch Adviesbureau van de Unie van Waterschapsbonden, which translates as Technical Consultancy of the Union of Water Boards. 

Water is our source

Our earliest assignments mainly deal with water management. However, road construction and electrification are soon added to our portfolio. In the years that follow, we also start monitoring existing drainage installations and take on various assignments for municipalities. And the activities keep expanding. Post-war reconstruction leads to growth, particularly in the construction of pumping stations.

In 1953, our development is temporarily halted by the devastating flood in the coastal areas of the Netherlands. However, as industrialisation increases, so does the amount of wastewater. Therefore, in 1954, we establish our first laboratory in The Hague. In the late 1960s Tauw expands and adds engineering consultancy to its portfolio focussing on construction, hydraulic engineering and environmental hygiene, on top of our existing services.

Europe becomes our playground

By the late 1980’s the Tauw company has grown from 5 to more than 125 employees and continues to grow exponentially, mainly because of a considerable number of acquisitions. Europe becomes our playground as we establish branches in Germany, Belgium and France and later also Italy and Spain.

90 years and still going strong

In 2018, we proudly celebrate our 90th birthday, together with more than 1.200 employees. Tauw today is a proud people-owned company that can rely on solid knowledge and experience. We are a leading European provider of environmental engineering and consulting services.



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Tauw Group
T: +31 57 06 99 91 1