Sustainability Goals

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. In an organisational context this means integrating social, economic and environmental issues into core business processes to achieve environmentally and socially responsible operations."

United Nations Global Compact

GHD has been a signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2010. The UN Global Compact supports companies to do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with 10 Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. These principles require that businesses should:

  1. Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  2. Make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  3. Uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  4. Uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  5. Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  6. Uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  7. Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  10. Work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery

Sustainable Development Goals

Launched in September 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consist of 17 ambitious goals dedicated to improving the wellbeing of present and future generations. The SDGs aim to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges through the promotion of sustainable development.

The introduction of the SDGs provides GHD the structure for continual improvement of our Sustainability approach and identify opportunities to further lift our contribution to the SDGs in partnership with other organisations. We have mapped the SDGs that we can most directly help to achieve, against our material issues.

Sustainabilty@GHD describes our approach to sustainability, illustrates our annual performance against specific criteria and also acts as our UNGC Communication on Progress.

The pillars of GHD's Sustainability Policy are identified below. Select each of the pillars to illustrate how our approach links to the UNGC Principles and SGD’s:

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

Managing our risk profile

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.

Demonstrating good governance

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.

Developing our people

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.

Assisting our clients

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.

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