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Creating Shared Value

Creating Shared Value

In the work we do, we have the real potential to make an impact on society. We have the ability to bring ideas to life – to turn ideas into something real – something beneficial for everyone.

One of Aurecon’s key values is that we “work to build a vibrant and brighter future for all”.

Together with clients who share similar goals, we deliver world-class projects and solutions which enhance our environment, build stronger communities, raise living standards and create vibrant and sustainable economies.

We’re also committed to investing and allocating resources to aid development and improve quality of life in the communities in which we live and work. This focus is embodied by the ‘Aurecon Cares’ programme in South Africa as well as projects throughout Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, China and the Middle East.

Aurecon and its people embrace the philosophy of giving back to the community by encouraging proactive involvement in the company's multiple corporate social investment initiatives and voluntary programmes.

We understand each community's needs are unique, so our programmes encompass different aims – from empowering the young to become successful, active citizens, through to financial assistance for food and shelter.  

Our profession enables our people to contribute in the most practical and effective ways by providing input into community development and infrastructure in needy areas around the globe.

Many of our employees are also giving back’ on a personal level in their local communities, which is something we encourage and support as an organisation.

BUILDING STRONGER COMMUNITIES  

1.     Commemorating Mandela Day

Mandela Day serves to remind each of us to reflect on whether we are living up to Madiba’s remarkable legacy: the values of compassion, forgiveness, decency, love and respect for all people. Our offices globally organised special events to commemorate the day.

Our Port Elizabeth offices visited Lower Walmer Primay

Staff from our Port Elizabeth office in South Africa visited Lower Walmer Primay for Mandela Day 2016

2.     Partnering with Engineers Without Borders 

Aurecon continues a corporate partnership with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a not-for-profit organisation that connects, educates and empowers people through humanitarian engineering. EWB provides opportunities for corporate partners to contribute skills and expertise to poverty alleviation projects and community development, and to participate in initiatives that lead sector-wide change and innovation. Aurecon staff are also involved in mentoring the next generation of engineers and non-engineers by participating in the EWB Challenge, fundraising activities, and knowledge-sharing events through the EWB-Aurecon partnership.

3.     Bringing engineering to schools

Aurecon runs an annual school bridge building competition involving year 8 and 9 students in Australia and year 9 and 10 students in New Zealand, to raise awareness of the engineering profession among students.

2016 Aurecon Bridge Building Competition - Gladstone finals 2016 Aurecon Bridge Building Competition - Gladstone finals 2016 Aurecon Bridge Building Competition - Gladstone finals
Gladstone finals of the 2016 Aurecon Bridge Building Competition

The Aurecon Perth and Sydney offices have partnered with Engineering Aid Australia to support the facilitation of Indigenous Engineering Summer Schools. The Summer Schools, run by Curtin University in Perth and Sydney University, engage indigenous Australian high school students in engineering as a potential career.

4.     Supporting maths and science development

Through the Aurecon Cares initiative, Aurecon donated five touch screen tablets to the top performing learners at the annual awards ceremony of the Maths and Science Leadership Academy (MSLA) in Kimberley, South Africa.

5.     Empowering young Māori 

Aurecon has joined forces with Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui to support the growth of employment opportunities for young Māori. As part of the partnership, Aurecon has established a cadetship programme to provide career opportunities for Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui within the professional engineering services industry.

Below Carl Devereux discuss our cadetship programme with Ngāi Tahu and cadets Max Tiweka, Antony Gray and Max Korako share their experiences at Aurecon.

Also hear Aurecon cadets Bobby Mahara and Taane Ngakete from Waikato-Tainuishare their experiences.

6.     Continuing to help young girls in Africa explore STEM careers

In the developing world, far more young minds need to be attracted to engineering and in particular women, who are under-represented in many fields, must be part of the solution. Aurecon is helping to address Africa’s problem of under-representation of women, which is particularly prevalent in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers and Entrepreneurship.

Taungana girls visiting Aurecon 

Taungana girls visiting Aurecon in 2016

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