Community

Our Corporate Social Responsibility program, GHD in the Community (GITC), is designed to have a positive social and environmental impact on the communities in which we operate.

The program is driven by our people’s interests and is based on partnering with not-for-profit organisations. This includes the provision of pro-bono services and the support of a range of community-based enterprises for fundraising, volunteering, workplace support and engagement. Our people proudly consider, formally apply and then nurture GITC partnerships, making this program one of deep interest and personal pride amongst our workforce.

Our clients also play an important part in this program by highlighting their challenges or identifying opportunities for our assistance. We are grateful for their involvement which enables us to add value and a make a real difference to disadvantaged communities or causes.

Projects of national or international significance – that help rebuild communities after disasters, assist with vital infrastructure or simply provide much needed support to affect positive change – are a key part of our approach to GITC.

Flagship programs 2016

  • Engineers Without Borders – As part of our flagship partnership with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), our people are involved in numerous programs to assist communities in Australia, USA, Canada, Asia & Africa. This includes a range of study tours and technical mentoring of volunteers, and a development program in The Gambia, West Africa. In Australia, we support the Yorta Yorta Indigenous community and have begun helping the Olkola Aboriginal Corporation develop a tourism enterprise.
  • RedR – GHD’s partnership with RedR in Australia, a leading humanitarian agency for international emergency relief, is helping communities in need. Our involvement, which began in 1992 and was formalised in 2014, enables us to provide financial assistance and support for corporate activities. As part of the partnership, our people have the opportunity to train and pursue humanitarian and disaster relief roles with RedR. In 2016, our people were deployed to Nepal following the earthquake and Vanuatu to assist with drought relief, and helped the WHO respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
  • CareerTrackers – GHD is continuing to make a difference to Indigenous communities. Our 10-year partnership with CareerTrackers in Australia is providing professional internships for Indigenous university students (45 to date). In 2016, we also participated in NAIDOC week activities and collected hampers for young people in the Koori Court Program. In Western Australia, we support Year 12 Aboriginal students through the Clontarf Foundation.
  • MSABI – Our long-term support of this safe water, sanitation and hygiene initiative in Tanzania has now come to a close after six years. Founded by one of our engineers Dale Young, MSABI has provided access to safe water and sanitation to an estimated 85,000 people, educated more than 350,000 people and delivered more than 400 safe water access points. As one of MSABI’s strategic partners, we provided financial support and our people acted as technical advisors, donating their time and skills to this respected program. In 2013, MSABI won the support of the Human Development Innovation Fund in the UK and Grand Challenges in Canada and was runner up in the Nestle ‘Creating Shared Value Awards’.

Local programs 2016

Inter-office

  • International Women’s Day – As part of our focus on attracting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce, GHD celebrated International Women’s Day in Australia, UK, and the Middle East. Our leaders made pledges to parity as a personal commitment to empowering people to drive change in the workplace.
  • Movember – In 2065 GHD people around the world participated in this great initiative raising a total of AUD31,000 (USD22,400) around the world to support programs to address men’s health issues.
  • CANStruction – GHD people in opposite corners of the world – Canada, USA and Australia – showed their support for CANstruction, an annual design and construction industry charity event where large, lovely structures are created entirely out of canned food. In Canada our people created a piece called ‘Giving is the New Black’ and donated 1000 kg (2200 lbs) of food afterwards. In Brisbane, our people constructed a minion while in Darwin they created a crocodile.
  • Habitat for Humanity – As a long term supporter of this initiative, GHD got involved in 2015 in builds in Canada and New Zealand. In Canada, a team from the Montreal and Laval offices rolled up their sleeves for Habitat’s Women Build Program. In New Zealand, we participated in two Big Build Weekends to help families in need.

Australia

  • Burrumbuttock Hay Run – GHD partnered with our client Sydney Water to donate more than 300 bales of hay for drought-stricken farmers in Queensland.
  • NAIDOC Week – Our people participated in NAIDOC week activities in Australia, a national initiative to celebrate the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people.
  • Clontarf Foundation – Seb Ennis, GHD’s representative in Broome, has spent time with West Kimberley Academy’s Year 12 Aboriginal students, providing insights into his job as a young leader and engineer.
  • Koori Court – Our people collected hampers for young Indigenous offenders who are currently part of a rehabilitation program.
  • Smiling for Smiddy – Principal Process Scientist, Brett Goebel, cycled 1800 km from Adelaide to Uluru to raise money for cancer research. He raised almost AUD30,000 through support from colleagues, friends and GHD in the Community.
  • World’s Greatest Shave (Leukaemia Foundation) – GHD people in Perth tackled outback roads in old cars and shaved off their hair to raise money for cancer research, treatment and support.
  • Gin Gin Landcare – Volunteers from our Bundaberg office joined the local community for a tree planting day at the Hummock, a local reserve. The event was a partnership between Bundaberg Regional Council, the Queensland Government and Gin Gin Landcare.
  • Leukaemia Foundation – GHD Young Professionals in South Queensland volunteered more than 200 hours to redesign the outdoor space and create a community garden at the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland head office. They also raised funds through various events and activities.
  • North Queensland Women’s Legal Service – Our team in Townsville donated outdated GHD laptops to help the organisation provide outreach legal services.
  • Pyjama Foundation – GHD Young Professionals in our Townsville office held a gold coin donation morning tea to raise funds for the Pyjama Foundation, which supports children in foster care through its mentoring initiative called the Love of Learning Program. They also got involved in the organisation’s Annual Christmas Show.
  • Uniting Care Community – Our people in South Queensland donated funds to the organisation to install flat screen TVs in 20 secure supported accommodation properties for women and their families who are escaping domestic and family violence.
  • Christmas Giving Tree – Our Newcastle office put up its Christmas Giving Tree for the 2015 holiday season, supporting local charities including Jenny’s Place, Our Backyard, Merewether Community Kitchen and Newcastle Dog Rescue.
  • Brotherhood of St Laurence – In Victoria, our people continued their long association with this organisation, filling eight large boxes with gifts which were distributed to disadvantaged elderly people at the annual Christmas lunch.

Canada

  • Foundation Fighting Blindness – GHD and eSolutions people from our Ottawa office rode in the annual Cycle for Sight event, raising funds for vision research.
  • Food Bank of Waterloo Region – For the past 15 years, our offices in Waterloo have joined forces to raise funds and donate food to this not-for-profit.
  • Habitat for Humanity – For the fourth year in a row, GHD people from the Waterloo office spent two days helping to construct Habitat for Humanity’s largest build in Kitchener, the Kehl Street condominium complex.
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation – For the third year in a row, our people in Toronto got involved in the Becel Ride for Heart to raise funds to prevent heat disease and strcke.
  • HopeSpring Cancer Support Center – A team from our Waterloo office participated in the 2016 HopeSprint Earth Science Alumni Charity Curling bonspiel.
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society – Our Waterloo office has held its 9th annual community plant swap to raise money for this organisation.
  • Multiple Sclerosis - For the seventh year in a row, a team of GHD people in Canada have completed a 150 km (93 miles) roundtrip bike ride from Grand Bend to London in Ontario in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Our team raised more than CAD36,000 to help improve the lives of people living with MS.
  • Never Alone Foundation – The Structural Group in our Whitby, Ontario office helped a barbecue and raffle to raise funds for this charity committed to improving the lives of cancer patients and their families.
  • Pierre Lavoie Challenge – GHD people in Quebec took part in La Boucle Cycling event in St-Jean Sur Richelieu.
  • Salvation Army & Kawartha Food Share – In Peterborough, Ontario, our people supported the annual Christmas toy and food drive to benefit local families.
  • Sick Kids Hospital – For the fourth year in a row, people from our Mississauga, Whitby and Markham offices in Ontario participated in the World’s Largest Beach Volleyball Event at Toronto’s Ashbridges Bay Bridge.
  • Waterloo Fire Rescue – GHD people from six separate office buildings got together to collect more than 200 toys and cash donations to help make the holidays a little brighter for needy children in Waterloo.
  • Women’s Crisis Services Waterloo Region – We supported this not-for-profit by sponsoring a table at an event called Terrific Tables, Wonderful Women to raise money to help women and children move beyond violence.

Chile

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Middle East

  • Kilos of Kindness – GHD people in Qatar donated approx. 80 kg of food for people in need during Ramadan.
  • Doha Beach Cleanup Project – More than 250 kg of rubbish was collected by volunteers including GHD in the northern town of Simaisma in Qatar.

New Zealand

  • Newbury School – Edison Luo and Chantelle Bailey from our Palmerston North office in New Zealand volunteer at the school, working with students to complete an interactive fitness track.
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Philippines

  • Donation of PCs – Our people donated desktops and laptops to 4 elementary schools in the island of Guimaras.
  • Proving aid to Fiji – Following the cyclone in February 2016, Kelera Wainigolo, one of our graduates in Auckland, led the charge in providing aid to the village of Malake with 18 cartons of clothing and necessities donated by the GHD team.

UK

  • Brave the Shave – Members of our UK team braved the shave for MacMillan Cancer Support, which provides health care information, and financial support to people living with cancer and their families.
  • Dragon boating – The rouGHDiamonds, a team of GHD rowers, participated in the London Construction Industry Dragon Boat Challenge. They came first in the 2016 event and made a significant contribution to CRASH, a charity that assists homeless and hospice not-for-profits with construction related projects. This is the fourth year we’ve been involved.
  • Engineering Development Trust Celebration & Assessment Day – GHD was part of a panel of 40 companies evaluating projects developed by teams of school students as part of the Engineering Education Scheme.
  • National Science Week – Rob Clark from our York office visited Archbishop Holgates School to talk to 11 and 12 year olds about engineering as part of his role as a STEM Ambassador for the Institution of Civil Engineers.
  • National Women in Engineering Day – GHD women helped make a stand for diversity as part of this national campaign aimed at recognising the positive contributions women have within engineering.

USA

  • American Heart Association – Our office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania held a locally sponsored fundraiser for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Day.
  • Anne Arundel County Public School District – Members of our Young Professionals group in Bowie, Maryland reached out to students in an effort to provide financial support and share their excitement about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
  • California Coastal Cleanup – GHD volunteers from San Francisco Bay Area offices met at the San Pablo Reservoir to participate in the annual California Coast Cleanup.
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month – People from our Harrisburg and Huntingdon offices in Pennsylvania won the annual Victim/Witness Assistance Program’s Purple Pride Photo Contest.
  • Good Things and the Military Greetings Program – For the second year in a row, our people in Cazenovia and Syracuse volunteered for Operation Good Things, collecting presents for patients in local children’s and Veterans Affairs hospitals.
  • Pasco County Foster & Adoptive Parent Association – People from our Tampa office opened up their hearts and wallets to participate in this year’s Apple Tree Program to support Kids. We provided 18 children backpacks stuffed with various back-to-school items. In addition to this, we sponsored 20 children through the organisation during the holiday season.
  • Redwood Credit Union Fund – Our people in Santa Rosa donated funds and collected essential items to help families in need following the devastating fires that swept through Lake, Nama
  • Toys for Tots – In Chicago, Illinois, and in St. Paul, Minnesota, GHD people collected gifts for the Toys for Tots Drive organised through the Salvation Army and the Marine Corps Reserve Center.
  • General Motors Take Your Kids to Work/Earth Day – People from our Detroit office participated in this annual event designed to give parents a chance to show their children the value of education and technical careers
  • Plainville Community Food Pantry – For the past eight years, our people in Hartford, Connecticut, have played Secret Santa to a local child in need through this program.
  • Senia/Francis House – People in our Omaha, Nebraska office hosted a two-week long clothing drive to benefit this not-for-profit, which is the largest provider of food, shelter and clothing for the area’s homeless population.
  • Volunteers for Youth Justice – Our Shreveport, Louisiana office participated in the Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators to raise money for this not-for-profit, which provides advocacy for child victims of abuse and neglect.
  • Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services – People from our Sacramento office volunteer their time every quarter to help distributed food with this organisation. GHD has been volunteering its services since 2014.
  • Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara – People in our Niagara Falls, New York, office recent held a chilli cook-off to raise money for Scrabble®Fest.
  • National Engineers’ Week – GHD in Guam has helped inspire interest in engineering and related professionals with a bridge building competition that attracted 39 teams from seven local high school. In Northeast USA, people marked the event with breakfast evens and visits to local high schools to celebrate STEM professions.
  • Tourette Syndrome Association – People in our Niagara Falls office held a lunchtime back sale in support of this association.
  • Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Clubs – GHD volunteers helped children celebrate the United Way of Greater Niagara’s Day of Caring with an Olympic ceremony and carnival.
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree Project – In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, our people got together to sponsor a family. A toy and clothing drive was held to provide a wonderful Christmas for the kids in the family.
  • Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank – Our people in Louisiana hosted a food and toy drive call GHD Brings Holiday Cheer, raising more than 145 kg (320 pounds) of food and money to assist the organisation.

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