Sustainability @ GHD

Welcome to GHD's Sustainability Report, where we share our efforts and progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

At GHD, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the heart of our strategy. We have a clear stated vision: Water, energy & urbanisation made sustainable for generations to come. Strategic initiatives focussed on the SDGs we believe GHD will achieve the greatest impact (SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities)) we are helping our clients meet their sustainability goals while also reducing the impact of our own operations on the environment and the communities we connect with.

Gross revenue

Chief Executive Officer Statement

Our annual Sustainability Report is also our UNGC Communication on Progress. You will find the SDG icons throughout this Report, indicating how our sustainability efforts connect with those of the SDG’s.

We will continue to review and improve our sustainability efforts across our business, to ensure that our programs are as effective and efficient as possible in delivering value to the communities we support. We are committed to achieving carbon neutrality for Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 2025.

The global pandemic in 2020 has illustrated how quickly the landscape can change, affecting governments, business and the community. We are proud to have stood together with our clients and our communities during these challenging times, continuing to deliver projects and refocusing our efforts to respond to new needs in a rapidly evolving global environment.

We are pleased to report that our health and safety performance has continued to improve, our community engagement is growing locally and globally driven by the commitment of our people and we have shown strong resilience during the global pandemic, with our crisis management protocols standing up to a test like no other.

Even in times of adversity, we look over the horizon with the establishment of the GHD Foundation in late 2020. Our ambition is to use our technical skills and bring people together across borders, becoming a preferred charity and partner of global organisations - to make an impact that is both measurable and long-lasting.

Looking ahead to GHD's 100th Anniversary in eight years, our ambition is for the foundation to be globally recognised as a force for enabling more women, First Peoples and other minority groups to pursue STEAM careers, creating more resilient and cohesive communities, helping many people recover after natural disasters and much more.

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Revenue (AUD billion)

  • 0.8
  • 1.3
  • 1.3
  • 1.2
  • 2.2
  • 2.3

Total Principals and Associates

    Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • 22
  • 49
    Asia Pacific and Chile
  • 40
  • 82
  • 248
  • 353
    North America
  • 165
  • 230

Inside Sustainability @ GHD

Gross revenue

Demonstrating support for Sustainable Development

The GHD Sustainability Policy provides strategic direction to our achievement of: "Encourage and support our clients and other business partners in their efforts to achieve sustainable outcomes."

by Sector

Managing Our Risk Profile

We understand our risk appetite and manage our business to maximise opportunities by identifying and managing material risks to an acceptable level in accordance with a risk management framework.

Gross revenue by region

Demonstrating Good Governance

We commit to our values and policies. This is reflected in the way we manage our business and interact with our clients and our people.

Gross revenue

Developing Our People

We connect our people with a healthy, safe, diverse and rewarding career path. Our people feel valued and secure in their workplace.

by Sector

Contributing to our World Positively

We care by minimising our ecological impact through resource efficiency and nature conservation initiatives, and by supporting communities through development initiatives and our GHD in the Community program.

Gross revenue by region

Assisting our Clients to be More Sustainable

We create opportunities for our clients to enjoy prosperity and achieve sustainability goals with innovative ideas that embrace our sustainability principles.