From solar projects and supporting African girls pursue STEM careers, through to multiple award-wining flood-proof ferry terminals, embedding sustainability into every aspect of Aurecon’s operation and project delivery is fundamental to driving change. Regardless of whether the projects are obvious, inspiring or somewhat obscure, our goal is to weave the threads of sustainability into the tapestry of every project we design. And to harness the power of storytelling and sharing the unplugged stories of our people to inspire a culture of sustainability.
A vibrant and sustainable future is not an impossible dream. Through innovation, discovery, evolving expertise and corporate transparency, we strive to imagine what a better future looks like. By embracing change and disruption we create liveable design solutions that deliver enduring intergenerational equity of resources and infrastructure.
We don’t know exactly what the future will look like for our business, our clients, the communities in which we operate, or the environment around us. Sustainable behaviour of the future will see a blurring between commercial and community ideals; where organisations operate as hybrids of traditional business models with flexible, fluid capabilities. It may be where creativity and consultation are favoured over defining a discrete problem and providing a definitive solution. We are prepared to ask difficult questions, challenge long standing traditions and enact measurable action plans that might involve moving outside our areas of commercial expertise.
Aurecon’s philosophy centres on building an innovative and diverse culture around sustainable economic, social and environmental impacts. We report on, and learn from, our performance against globally recognised standards, that are often above local regulations and legislative requirements. We push our operational boundaries by innovating the possible, exploring the probable and challenging the remotely plausible.
First up, reducing our carbon footprint. This has us working towards including sustainability into the very core of our business operations. But we want to thrive as operating environments around us change, so we do it in a flexible way.
This is how we go about delivering beneficial environmental and community-focussed outcomes that add value to our clients’ business operations and achieve their sustainability objectives.
Our specialist advisors work with our clients and stakeholders during all project phases, including strategic positioning, planning, design and construction. Nothing beats a good conversation. This is how we learn about our clients’ needs and are able to deliver tailored solutions that exceed expectations. We achieve this by:
The practical action plan designed to bring Aurecon’s sustainability philosophy to life comprises six key areas of materiality:
We understand that we can’t talk the talk if we don’t walk the walk, and this includes being open and honest about our performance along the way.
Aurecon has gone digital, integrating sustainability reporting into the Aurecon website. We will report entirely online and on a continuous basis.
Our people are at the heart and soul of our culture of transparent operations, and are encouraged to share their stories around the environmental and social achievements of our projects and how the communities they work with are impacted. In their own words, completely unedited, our staff tell it exactly how it is.
Aurecon is a proud member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Gold Community and supports the mission of the GRI to empower decision makers everywhere, through GRI sustainability reporting standards and its multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.
Our reporting is aligned to the principles of the GRI Standards.
Feedback about our sustainability reporting is welcomed by our Head of Quality, Environment and Sustainability, Sonja de Klerk, via email@example.com.
Aurecon in South Africa is now an implementation partner in the Competitive Business Program. A programme run by the GRI and funded by the Swiss government to feed sustainability and sustainability reporting into our local supply chain.