Delivering Sustainable Legacies
The need for change
In ways that are both devastating and transformational, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted weaknesses and inequities in the systems that support quality of life and prosperity in our already fragile world. It has led us and our clients to rethink what’s next, reorder priorities and accelerate changes that not only help repair what’s broken, but lead to improved, lasting outcomes.
As the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm and a leader in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), we are determined and well positioned to deliver positive, impactful and sustainable legacies for our company, our communities and our planet.
Delivering Sustainable Legacies
With ESG principles embedded into everything we do, the goal of our Sustainable Legacies strategy is straightforward: to ensure that the work we do in partnership with our clients leaves a positive, lasting impact for communities and our planet.
The strategy has four themes, each of which are detailed below. You can also click the link below to download our entire strategy.
- To incorporate an ESG action plan for reducing carbon impact by at least 50 percent on all major projects (click here to see our ScopeX™ process)
- To develop and grow our dedicated ESG and sustainable services each year
- To work with clients and partners to drive innovation in climate change, sustainable design and social value
- To embed net-zero, resilience and social value targets into our client account management program and the work we bid for
- To measure key impacts such as carbon emissions, climate resilience and social value on major projects
- To deliver social value through our business, empowering staff and delivering projects that proactively improve social value outcomes to individuals, communities and society in general
- To ensure our project teams reflect the diversity of the clients and communities we serve
- To promote social equity, diversity and inclusion in our supply chain and communities through partnerships with small and minority-owned businesses
- To make strategic community investments that positively impact clients, communities and society
- To ensure women comprise at least 20 percent of senior leadership roles and at least 35 percent of the overall workforce
- To ensure we are operationally net zero by 2021
- To reach science-based net‑zero by 2030 by:
- Implementing a 50 percent reduction in business travel
- Developing carbon reduction targets in partnership with our supply chain
- Decarbonizing all fleet vehicles and switching to renewable energy tariffs
- Offsetting residual carbon by creating our own nature-based solution projects
- To develop an enterprise framework to assess ESG risk in potential projects
- To drive leadership accountability and advocacy through specific ESG goals/metrics in annual goals
- To track and report on ESG performance targets in line with leading industry benchmarks (i.e., Sustainability Accounting Standards Board [SASB] and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures [TCFD])
How are we creating sustainable legacies?
Delivering sustainable legacies is a multi-layered topic. At a micro level, the focus tends to be on sustainability here and now: energy strategies to reduce emissions, offsetting and other mitigation tactics, sustainable development, resiliency, and the creation of a waste-free circular economy. At a macro level sustainability takes a global approach to consumption over the long term in the interests of the planet and the whole of society.
In line with this and reflecting post-pandemic priorities, we have developed four themes of our sustainable legacies strategy: embedding sustainable development and resilience across our work, improving social outcomes (including equity, diversity and inclusion), achieving net-zero carbon emissions and enhancing governance.
Embedding sustainable development and resilience across our work
Although it’s not possible to prepare for all eventualities, resiliency plans reduce the risk and impact of events and make recovery times faster. Our services range from assessing vulnerabilities to climate adaptation strategies and resiliency planning.
Improving social outcomes
If there is one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s the importance of social values such as health, quality of life, and social inclusion. Promoters of infrastructure projects are increasingly looking for ways to assess and promote these difficult-to-measure values.
Achieving net-zero carbon emissions
We are helping clients achieve their carbon targets through energy strategies, services to manage and reduce the contribution of greenhouse gas emissions, and nature-based solutions that work with and enhance natural habitats to take advantage of their ability to sequester carbon.
So that our actions as a company are as impactful and enduring as possible, we have adapted our corporate governance framework/strategy.