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
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Sick Kids Foundation – We participated in the
19th annual Heatwave Beach Volleyball Corporate Team challenge in
Toronto and raised funds for children with cancer.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.