Aurecon’s response to COVID-19
Published: 17 March 2020 | Latest update: 4 October 2021
Organisations across the globe have rapidly changed the way they work to maintain business continuity and to support employees, clients and the community to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.
Aurecon continues to enact its response plan in relation to COVID-19 to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our people, our clients and their families, which is always our priority.
As we see the relaxing of some government restrictions in some regions and the tightening in others, our regional teams have in place local business resumption and continuity plans that outline how and when we manage the response to local requirements, in some cases getting our people back into the office and in others, restricting movement in the office to essential work only.
With the availability of COVID-19 vaccination programmes across the geographies in which we do business, Aurecon recognises that vaccination represents a significant opportunity to assist in bringing the spread and impact of the disease under control. For this reason, Aurecon strongly encourages our employees and contractors to receive the vaccine as part of their national or local governmental COVID-19 vaccination program.
We have prepared a summary of the key actions we have taken below and are sharing it with our clients and other stakeholders to keep you across this dynamic and fluid situation. As our response continues to evolve, this page will be updated as required.
Our appointed Executive Leadership Team continues to meet regularly to coordinate our response. It comprises: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Chief People Officer and Chief Executive Asia.
Our appointed Operational Leadership Team continues to meet regularly to implement our response. It comprises: Chief Operations Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Group Director of Health & Safety and Chief Risk Officer.
We are speaking regularly with our company Medical Director, our safety and security partner, International SOS and monitoring advice from authorities.
The latest advice on symptoms and health hygiene have been provided to employees. We maintain a COVID-19 resource hub on our company intranet which includes the latest information from health and government authorities across the geographies in which we do business.
Aurecon strongly encourages our employees and contractors to receive the vaccine as part of their national or local governmental COVID-19 vaccination program. Where national or local government COVID-19 vaccination programs are not readily available, Aurecon looks to provide alternative access for employees and their families to vaccines.
We recognise that there will be different government approaches to COVID-19, to vaccination programs and to business operations. Aurecon will assess these requirements on an ongoing basis. We will also consider specific circumstances where COVID-19 risks may be elevated and deal with these on a case by case basis.
All international business-critical travel must be approved by the Group Chief Operations Officer and Chief Executive Asia. In those countries that allow, business-critical domestic travel continues to require senior executive approvals.
Our COVID-19 business continuity plans are in place across the group. Operational readiness has successfully been actioned through our regional teams, enabling us to quickly respond to government escalation and de-escalation announcements and procedures.
We are following all local requirements in terms of office closures and have a number of closed offices across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Staff in those areas affected are mostly working from home.
In all other locations our offices are open in line with local government restrictions being eased.
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Whilst relaxing of local government restrictions is a key consideration in de-escalation and developing business resumption plans, responding only to those may not necessarily satisfy our health and safety obligations to our people, our clients and their families. Our regional teams have in place local business resumption plans that outline how and when we manage the slow and measured transition of getting our people back into the office and re-escalation where necessary.
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Aurecon already has flexible work practices in place and many employees work from home on a regular basis. We continue to remain connected to our people to ensure their health, safety and wellbeing. We want to reassure you that while working remotely, we are committed to maintaining our high-quality client service levels (including confidentiality) at all times. Your Aurecon contacts remain accessible via email and mobile phone.
Aurecon will continue to communicate directly with our people, clients and stakeholders on the implementation of any business continuity measures.
Any enquiries can be submitted to: Aurecon.Media@aurecongroup.com