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Creating lasting value

Using our ingenuity to deliver lasting value for all – that’s our approach to sustainability. We have the knowledge to do it – and we believe we have the responsibility to do it. It’s that simple.

We know it is through the performance of our projects that we make the greatest contribution to sustainability. We take this responsibility seriously, right from the outset of any project we seek to maximise ways to turn it into an opportunity for growth as well as maximising sustainable outcomes for the environment and local community.

Through continuous dialogue with our clients we not only examine the specific needs and challenges of a project, we look at those of the wider context: at regional, market, society and organisational level. We then draw on our global experience and knowledge to look at the project holistically, integrate all aspects and transform constraints into opportunities – thereby creating real value from sustainability.

Seeking opportunities for innovation

We work with our clients to create value by saving time and cost, optimising performance, reducing risk and increasing certainty, and enhancing resilience. We use unconventional measures of value alongside traditional cost-benefit assessment criteria. Through creating opportunities for employment, entrepreneurialism and trade, healthcare and education, travel and leisure; stimulating regeneration and economic growth; promoting safety, health and wellbeing – all of which can dramatically alter public attitudes and investment decisions, which results in consent and unlocking funding that would conventionally be denied.

Making an impact through the projects we work on

Around the world, in any one year, we’re working on around 15,000 projects. We’re involved in addressing many of the world’s most pressing problems and challenges:

  • Provision of clean water and sanitation, housing, reliable power, affordable transport, healthcare and education for the world’s poorest people.
  • Mitigating the causes of climate change and enabling resilience.
  • Reducing waste and pollution.
  • Enhancing and extending the infrastructure of mature cities while paving the way for sustainable development in emerging ones.
  • Finding environmentally, socially and economically acceptable ways to extract natural resources; managing, conserving and regenerating habitats.
  • Supporting social and economic growth.

Our projects have positive impacts on the lives of people across the world. Read about it in their own words

Working for better outcomes

  • Competitive and transparent procurement – driving efficiency, effectiveness and value for money through rigorous selection, management and auditing of delivery partners.
  • Maximising reach and benefits – using our multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral strength to realise complimentary objectives and driving innovation in the way projects or programmes are delivered.
  • Investing to achieve results – we’re an employee-owned company. That means all we earn is reinvested in our people and the systems we use to deliver successful projects – enabling us to build expertise, technical capacity and commit to providing long-term support where it’s needed.
  • Better project delivery – we bring insight into the most appropriate solutions and project delivery strategies based on long experience in all our core sectors, including monitoring and impact assessment. We build strong and collaborative relationships with clients and stakeholders, enabling effective communication and coordination. And we bring expertise in aligning funding and expertise from diverse sources to achieve maximum impact.
  • Building and sharing knowledge – we record and disseminate information internally and with our clients, stakeholders and partners to inform ongoing work and ensure that lessons are applied to bring added value on future projects.
  • Local knowledge backed by global expertise – we streamline project delivery by using appropriately skilled in-country staff supported with worldclass resources.
  • Sustainable solutions – achieved by balancing social, economic and environmental needs, developing appropriate programmes and building local client/community skills to manage them after our involvement has ended.

All of which contributes to the creation of jobs and improved opportunities for the diverse communities within which we work.

We put the United Nations’ sustainable development goals at the heart of what we do. Through our work we help deliver on the world's most pressing challenges. Our projects are planned and delivered with thought on how we can provide outcomes that are both environmentally sensitive and socially inclusive. Lean how we help resolve many of the challenges through our 12 signposts to sustainability.

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