Our annual internal sustainability awards highlight our colleagues’ most innovative and impactful work on sustainability, climate change and social outcomes. This year was no different. In this blog, Heather explains the process behind the awards and recognises the winners.
After receiving dozens of applications from colleagues all over the world, our regional sustainability networks assessed these entries based on their added value, client focus, innovative approach and delivery of socially inclusive outcomes. They were also assessed based on their positive direct, indirect, and induced impacts on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), given our corporate focus on promoting the UN SDGs.
Each of our regional teams then selected a winning team, which were recognised for meeting, and even exceeding, the judging criteria through their commitment to sustainability. Our regional winners were put forward to the global awards judging panel to decide on one global winner. Meet our regional winners below!
1. Our regional winner for North America is the work and landmark report on measuring sustainability in infrastructure investment. Developed in collaboration with KPMG, the report applies a selection of ESG and sustainability standards to two different operating infrastructure assets and explores how investors can use such standards to inform investment decisions. The project provides the financial investment community with a more robust understanding of how sustainability frameworks can allow them to understand social impacts of their investments and identify gaps in the path forward.
2. Our regional winner for Australia, New Zealand, Greater China and East Asia is our global future cities programme for South East Asia. This is an infrastructure development programme to enable inclusive and sustainable urban economic growth and to increase prosperity and quality of life for 27 million primary beneficiaries in nine cities in South East Asia. Through 13 projects, the programme delivers technical solutions to address the impact of the rapid urban growth. It supports the development of integrated low carbon transport systems, spatial restructuring and strategies to build resilience against flooding and earthquakes. Through pioneering multiple technical solutions, the team were able to achieve socially inclusive outcomes beyond minimum compliance under SDG principles and gender and inclusion framework.
3. Our regional winner for Europe is the Halifax Station Gateway scheme, compromising a new station building and footbridge providing improved visual connectivity towards the town centre and representing a pivotal investment in sustainable transport for West Yorkshire. Sustainability and the UN SDGs were integral to the scheme development, creating socially inclusive outcomes and maximising its contribution to the achievement of the UK’s net zero target by 2050.
4. Our regional winner for international development, South Asia, Middle East and Africa is the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning project in Ghana with UK Aid, focused on getting well-trained teachers into Ghana’s schools. The programme involved working with all 46 public colleges of education and five universities to strengthen pre-service teacher education in Ghana. It has transformed the quality and relevance of teacher training across Ghana and has had a direct impact on multiple UN SDGs around quality education, decent work and reduced inequalities.
5. Our regional winner for Mott MacDonald Bentley is a joint venture with three contract partners and Severn Trent Water that successfully delivered 26 wastewater projects. The projects achieved savings in embodied carbon, improved water quality, introduced innovative and energy efficient processes onto existing treatment sites, and helped to bring new apprentices and graduates into the industry.
As for the global winner, I am pleased to announce that our global judging panel selected the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) project in Ghana as the global sustainability award 2020 winner. This project impressed our judges by demonstrating tangible results and real outcomes on many UN SDGs. The project showed excellent engagement with local communities and a passion for improving education and social outcomes. The judges were also impressed with the project’s long-term sustainability and the multi-generational benefits that T-TEL will continue to generate.
The sustainability awards are an occasion to celebrate our colleagues’ excellent work that has demonstrated a complete integration of sustainability, and that has delivered positive social outcomes for our clients and for the communities that we work in. As Mott MacDonald’s Group sustainability advisor, I am always so pleased to see the fantastic sustainability work that our colleagues are delivering across the globe and am overjoyed that we showcase and celebrate it. I am also so proud to work for a company that places sustainability and the UN SDGs at the heart of its business. It is for these reasons that I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the organisation and delivery of the 2020 sustainability awards and conclude by congratulating all of our regional winners, and the Ghana T-TEL team in particular.