We therefore have a responsibility to keep our environmental impact as minimal as possible across the entire project lifecycle. At the same time, we have a duty to ensure that the buildings we provide are resilient enough to withstand physical as well as social and economic upheavals. Achieving this while having a positive impact on the communities we serve requires a thoughtful approach focused on sustainability.
To support our efforts to transform our business activities and be at the forefront of change, we are focusing our efforts on three main areas: ensuring equity, inclusion and diverity, supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and responding to climate action.
Cultivating a rich, diverse, and inclusive culture has always been – and will continue to be – a companywide commitment. We believe that delivering exceptional results can only happen with high-performance teams – and these can only be built by including a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This focus on finding and nurturing the best talent has been the key to our company’s continued success as an innovator. Our goal is to create a workplace where everyone can prosper, because they have the chance to use their skills to the fullest extent possible.
We recognize that to deliver on this goal, we need to focus on creating a gender balance within our workforce. To achieve this, we proactively consider women for promotions and inclusion in our talent development programs, helping them to progress their careers. Our recruitment strategy actively targets women, and we also aim to have more senior roles filled by women. Wherever possible, we implement flexible work practices and have committed to eliminating the gender pay gap for like-for-like roles.
We also need to build resilience in our workforce by building the next generation of leaders. To achieve this, we need to expose a broad spectrum of young people to the many exciting career options available, and then provide them with the necessary skills and resources to pursue them. One of the ways we are doing this is by partnering with some of the most prestigious colleges in the regions where we operate to find and develop new young talent.
Tackling climate change requires solutions that are low carbon, circular, smart, and sustainable. As a company that provides services across the entire building lifecycle, we are uniquely placed to advise clients and influence change at an early stage of the process. Our extensive experience with net-zero, low-carbon, and green building means we can offer valuable insight and expertise with regards to designing, constructing, and managing environmentally responsible buildings.
We have also delivered many projects that have been awarded internationally recognized sustainability certifications, such as LEED, CEEQUAL, and BREEAM, as well as local certifications like Estidama, and thus can provide advice on achieving these accreditations.
We are also strong supporters of digital transformation and data-driven decisions. Digital tools and software have the potential to address some of the challenges the construction industry faces with regards to de-carbonizing. Methods such as BIM enable the analysis of embodied carbon when using different construction methods and materials, planning the construction sequencing for the least environmental impact and energy use, and even simulating building performance prior to construction to optimize energy efficiency, for example. The shift to a data-centric approach means better decisions can be made which lead to improved environmental outcomes and long-term sustainability. Our focus on digital design and virtual construction supports this goal, and is how we are contributing to addressing climate change.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are an important driver of change – one which we support whole-heartedly. The 17 goals are an urgent call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives of all. As a responsible business, it is our duty to answer this call by adjusting our business activities to support these goals. We have identified 10 of the 17 goals where we can take decisive action to create change for the better.