Our ESG Services

It’s more important than ever for organisations to adopt environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) commitments, and take action to deliver a better world. We’re here to partner with you at every stage, from concept to design and delivery.

Our Strategy

With ESG principles embedded into everything we do, the goal of our Sustainable Legacies strategy is straightforward: to ensure that the way we run our business, and the work we do in partnership with our clients, leaves a positive, lasting impact for communities and our planet.

See how we determine, define and deliver social equity goals for public and private organizations with a full suite of strategic services.
Our services

Social value, equity and environmental justice

Social value, social equity, and environmental justice are rising up the agenda. Maximizing the impact of your investment takes careful consideration and deep expertise.

We’re ready to partner with you, illuminating the economic, social and environmental benefits and risks that affect your project. We’ll help you go beyond regulatory requirements to genuinely address inequities in for communities, improving social outcomes for every stakeholder.

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From 2019-2020 we delivered c.$96 million of positive social value to the community in UK + Ireland, measured independently using the Social Value Portal which manages, measures and reports the impact of our social equity activities in this region.

Think and act strategically

We offer a full suite of social value, social equity and environmental justice services, so you can be more strategic about the interventions you make.

With enhanced public participation, community consultation and the promotion of local skills and employment, we’ll help you ensure every project increases social value and meaningfully improves society and the planet.

Advancing equity with every project

With extensive experience across the most complex, sensitive infrastructure projects, we’ll support you with a holistic approach to social equity.

Objective policy, program and infrastructure solutions

We develop policy and infrastructure solutions that address social inequities and provide opportunities that allow all communities to thrive, particularly for historically marginalized and vulnerable populations.

We’ve helped cities guide funding, investment and programmatic initiatives to address socioeconomic disparities in the job market and assess broadband availability.

Equitable project approaches

We create culturally and contextually appropriate strategies, often in collaboration with local partners, to ensure decision-making processes and project solutions are centered on the priorities of historically marginalized groups.

By engaging diverse stakeholder groups and assigning community ambassadors to key project development roles, we’ve elevated the voices of communities.

Tools to measure social vulnerability and outcomes

We leverage open-source data and develop custom methods and tools that quantify and evaluate the holistic impact of projects, make social objectives and inequities plainly visible and help pave the way to improved outcomes.

The demographic, socioeconomic, environmental and climate change data we’ve synthesized through our work with public and private clients, including businesses in the technology and industrial sectors, is providing a complete picture of the communities in which our clients operate and wish to grow.

Funding optimization for social investments

We help clients navigate funding sources and opportunities to pay for infrastructure that offers social benefits and tailor projects to be eligible for federal funding sources like the Justice40 initiative. We use our in-house developed Fund Navigator tool to facilitate this process. With our support, our clients have secured federal funding and are using it to address inequalities and create healthier communities.

Creating positive impact and equity

Our activities around social value, social equity and EDI include:

  • Community engagement and equity frameworks
  • Environmental justice
  • Social value, social equity, and EDI impact assessment
  • Social value, social equity, and EDI strategy
  • Community-led stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Equity and Inclusion in sustainable infrastructure
  • Future generation (intra /inter-generational) equity assessment
  • Human factors assessment
  • Inclusive mobility
  • Multi-socioeconomic benefits
  • Prioritization of underserved communities
  • Safer streets audit
  • Social value, social equity, and EDI analytics and reporting
  • Social value, social equity, and EDI policy

Latest thinking on social value, equity and environmental justice

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Social impact: building a better case for infrastructure investment
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Infrastructure’s role in encouraging economic growth is well documented, but when it comes to making the case for infrastructure, social and environmental benefits should not be a secondary consideration.

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Equitable infrastructure: creating opportunities for everyone is good for business
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Infrastructure has the power to create opportunities, but historically the access it enables hasn’t been equal. Through lack of vision, accident and sometimes with intent, infrastructure has in some places contributed to systemic inequality by dividing people and creating barriers to opportunity. Going forward, AECOM’s Kelli Bernard says businesses will gain from doing more to ensure infrastructure is inclusive, not divisive.

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Equity builds trust and garners success
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Building a culture of inclusion provides the workforce an opportunity to actively listen and understand one another. When people feel heard, connections are made creating empathy which helps build trust. Trust in your workplace and with partners and clients is an absolute for success.

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Social value, equity and environmental justice in action

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