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GHD in the Community

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

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 organisations 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 teams.

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

  • MSABI - Our long-term support of this safe water, sanitation and hygiene initiative in Tanzania continues to change lives. Founded by one of our engineers, MSABI has provided access to safe water and sanitation to an estimated 85,000 people in the past five years and educated more than 350,000 people. As one of MSABI’s strategic partners, we provide financial support and our people act as technical advisors, donating their time and skills to this respected program.
  • Engineers Without Borders - Working with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through education and engineering solutions is something that our people are passionate about. As part of our relationship with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) around the world, our people are involved in numerous programs to assist communities in Australia, Cambodia, Laos, India and the USA. This includes an ongoing involvement with Indigenous communities.
  • RedR - In Australia, GHD has formalised its partnership with RedR, a leading humanitarian agency for international emergency relief. This enables us to continue the relationship our people began in 1992 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.
  • CareerTrackers - During 2014, GHD continued to provide internship placements and support for pre-professional Indigenous university students through our association with CareerTrackers. This assistance helps them prepare for leadership in the workplace and the community. Today, GHD has 10 interns currently gaining experience in a variety of disciplines across the company.

Local programs

Inter-office

  • Movember – In 2013/2014 GHD people around the world participated in this great initiative raising a total of AUD28,842 around the world.
  • CANStruction – GHD people in opposite corners of the world – Canada 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. Our team in Canada created a design showing the four seasons, while our team in the Northern Territory of Australia constructed a rainbow serpent of the Indigenous Australian dreamtime stories.

Australia

  • Brotherhood of St Laurence – Our Victorian OC participated in a Christmas gift appeal for the BSL. In total, 13 boxes full of gifts from GHD were distributed.
  • Cancer Council Australia – Kelvin Woods and Russell Clayton from our Perth office participated in a seven-day car rally as team ‘Thunderbox’ travelling more than 4000 km to raise funds for this worthy cause.
  • Dragon Boating – GHD is an avid participant in dragon boating in both Australia and the UK, which raises funds for various charities.
  • Dress for Success – GHD women in Sydney once again got behind this initiative that provides clothing and styling advice for women seeking to re-enter the workforce after periods of unemployment. More than 20 people donated clothes and participated in an end of year celebration.
  • International Women’s Day 2014 – In North Queensland, our people celebrated International Women’s Day with an inter-office flatpack challenge, where they assembled a complete bedroom suite which was donated to a local women’s shelter.
  • Live for Kids – A group of GHD riders completed a six-day, 850 km bike ride from the Gold Coast to Newcastle in support of this charity and raised AUD18,000 in the process.
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – A team of 14 cyclists participated in the MS Gong ride recently, riding from Sydney to Wollongong to raise funds for people living with the disease. GHD was the sixth largest fundraiser in the engineering of the event.
  • Oxfam Trailwaker – Members of our Environment team in Melbourne participated in this annual 100 km walk to raise funds for people living in poverty.
  • Women’s Property Initiative – GHD in Victoria completed a pro-bono project by providing a contamination assessment on a property where the WPI is planning to construct seven townhouses for disadvantaged women and children.

Canada

  • Becel Heart & Stroke – A team of 18 cyclists from our Canada OC completed the 27th Becel Heart and Stroke Ride, a 50 or 75 km ride in Toronto.
  • Camp Oochigeas – 40 GHD people got involved in a 10 km run/walk event in Toronto to support this organisation that provides kids affected by cancer with a unique opportunity for growth.
  • Great Urban Race – A number of our YPs raced around Toronto recently in support of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
  • National Cupcake Day – GHD people in Canada’s Whitby and Markham offices participated in National Cupcake Day in support of local animal shelters, SPCAs and Human Societies across Canada.
  • Sick Kids Foundation – We participated in the 19th annual Heatwave Beach Volleyball Corporate Team challenge in Toronto and raised funds for children with cancer.

Middle East

  • Box Appeal – GHD continues to support this charity initiative that aims to provide everyday necessities to labourers in the Middle East. This year, we made donations that contributed to filling many boxes containing clothing and personal care items.

New Zealand

  • Habitat for Humanity – Our YPs in New Zealand are very involved with Habitat for Humanity having undertaken more than eight builds in 2014, donating their time and services to build homes for the disadvantaged. On a recent build, our YPs partnered with EWB.
  • Indigenous Education Festival – YPs joined the Ngati Whatua Iwi (native Maori tribe) at an education festival to raise awareness of education opportunities and promote career success.

UK

  • CRASH – Our people participated in the 15th London Construction Dragon Boating Challenge. Our team, known as the rouGHDiamonds took out first place ahead of 35 other teams and raised funds for charity CRASH, which improves the buildings used by homeless men and women.

USA

  • Adopt-A-Highway Cleanups – YPs from our Madison office have adopted a 3.2 km stretch of highway near the office which they are cleaning up during regular events.
  • Engineering Week 2014 – In Guam, a number of our engineers visited middle and high schools to speak about the joys and challenges of the engineering profession. In total 43 presentations were made at 12 different schools.
  • Project Clean Stream – In Bowie, our YPs have participated in the Allance for the Chesapeake Bay’s tenth annual Project Clean Stream in Annapolis. The event brings volunteers together for the largest river and stream clean up even in the region, covering all stretches of the watershed.
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