Davide Stronati, global sustainability leader
From ending poverty to tackling climate change and protecting life on land, the UN Sustainable Development Goals are a huge to-do-list. They’re global, covering both developed and emerging economies.
So, what is Mott MacDonald’s contribution to the SDGs? How can we help our clients to maximise project outcomes and secure benefits – not just for some, but for everyone?
As a global firm working in engineering, health, education and development, our projects score directly or indirectly against goals 1-16, while building partnerships, goal 17, is simply the way we operate.
But, because the goals are highly interdependent, progress on one will affect all or some of the others.
It’s all about making connections, challenging assumptions, and turning potential benefits into value-adding outcomes. So, a solar array isn’t wholly about generating electricity, a new road tunnel does not only help drivers get from A to B more quickly and a flood defence protects a community from more than water.
Making connections is our campaign to help achieve the goals by considering them – and how we can maximise the benefits – at the start of the project. It’s about improving society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, transforming our clients’ businesses and the communities in which we live and work.
The SDGs invite us on a journey of discovery, to find and make connections.
The launch of our Making connections video coincides with the first ever World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development. It follows our 2020 New Year greetings video with its SDG theme and our rolling programme of staff photos showing the UN goal that means most to them and why as well as our SDG podcast, Saving Rossington.
It’s an ongoing campaign. Shortly you will be able to read and our forthcoming publication featuring share 32 project stories from around the world that demonstrate our impacts.