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Social development

Promoting the principle of sustainable development is one of our core values – social development is an essential component. Responsible development requires the social consequences of policies, plans or projects to be identified and considered at the earliest stage.

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Irrigation development, Pakistan
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Irrigation development, Pakistan As part of a project to improve the irrigation canal system in the Sindh Province, Mott MacDonald considered the effects of the proposed works on the livelihoods of local people.

Social safeguarding is a requirement of most projects, driven by the policies of multi-lateral financial institutions, the private finance sector’s Equator Principles and local legislation. We provide social sustainability services worldwide, tailored to specific infrastructure and planning projects and countries and customers. Our social scientists have expertise in a range of sectors including energy, transport, water and industry.

Mott MacDonald works with our customers and local communities to provide social safeguard protection and, where possible, enhance social development benefits to deliver sustainable infrastructure projects.

Our international development services in social sustainability include:

  • Social impact assessments
  • Due diligence
  • Equator Principles compliance
  • Social risk management and monitoring and social safeguard action planning
  • Initial poverty and social assessments
  • Resettlement policy frameworks and action plans
  • Public consultation, disclosure and stakeholder engagement planning
  • Labour audits and labour management planning
  • Health impact assessments
  • Indigenous peoples, gender and livelihoods assessments
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