GHD in the Community
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.
Flagship programs 2015
- 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 Dale Young, MSABI has
provided access to safe water and sanitation to an estimated 85,000
people in the past six years, educated more than 350,000 people and
delivered more than 400 safe water access points. 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. In 2015, two GHD people (Chris Hertle &
Brett Goebel) and their families travelled to Tanzania to see
MSABI’s work and meet some of the families that have benefitted
from this initiative. 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
- 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, USA, Canada,
Asia and Africa. This includes an ongoing involvement with
Indigenous communities. For example Gemma Arthurson took part in
the EWB Study Tour of the Murray Darling Basin in Australia while
Kate Hryczyszyn attended the 2015 EWB study tour of Cambodia. We
also took part in National Aboriginal and Indigenous Day of
Celebration (NAIDOC) Week in Victoria. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
USA office, our people worked with the local EWB Chapter on a
community-driven development in the Gambia, West Africa.
- 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 2015 Camilla Bachet from Melbourne undertook a placement with
UNICEF in Nepal, and Rod Towner from Sydney undertook a placement
in Geneva with the World Health Organisation.
- CareerTrackers – During 2015, GHD continued to
provide internship placements and support for 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. We
recently committed to a 10-year partnership with CareerTrackers,
which is aligned with our Diversity and Inclusion strategy.
Local programs 2015
- Movember – In 2015 GHD people around the world
participated in this great initiative raising a total of AUD35,000
around the world to support programs to address men’s health
- 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.
- Aboriginal Community Elders Services Retirement Home
(VIC) – A group of people from our Melbourne office
donated their time to help restore a small vegetable garden on this
- Around the Bay (VIC) – Multiple teams from GHD
in Victoria cycled distances ranging from 50 km to 250 km to raise
money for The Smith Family child education
- Australian Volunteers for International Development
Program – Estrella Melero, a spatial scientist in our
Melbourne office went to the Dominican Republic for 12 months to
work for the National Emergency Commission to help improve the
country’s disaster risk management.
- Brotherhood of St Laurence (VIC) – Our people
in Melbourne continue to provide support to the Brotherhood of St
Laurence (BSL), building on a relationship of nearly a decade
between BSL and GHD. Our support to BSL includes volunteer
tutors for disadvantaged students from our Young Professionals
group, fundraising at the Social Club annual river cruise and
donation of Christmas gifts for disadvantaged elderly people.
- Cancer Council Australia – Two people from our
Perth office took part in a car rally covering 3600 km to raise
funds for the Cancel Council.
- CANStruction (QLD & NT) – In Brisbane, our
people constructed a minion while in Darwin they created a
crocodile to support CANstruction, an annual design and
construction industry charity event where large, lovely structures
are created entirely out of canned food.
- Dragon Boating – GHD is an avid participant in
dragon boating in both Australia and the UK, which raises funds for
- Fire Organ, Dark Mofo (TAS) – This year, GHD
supported the Dark Mofo festival in Hobart by providing support to
the Fire Organ artwork.
- International Women’s Day 2015 – Van Tang, our
Manager for South Australia participated in an executive panel
discussion on diversity in leadership in Melbourne, sponsored by
GHD. Metcalfe, our manager for Canberra was a panellist at a
Property Council of Australia leadership forum on gender diversity
in the property industry.
- Lake Claremont Revegetation (WA) – GHD young
professionals alongside our strategic clients volunteered to plant
2700 native seedlings to help form a wildlife corridor at the
- Lynall Hall Community School in Richmond (VIC)
– Building on another long term relationship, our VOC People team
supported a ready for work program for students at Lynall Hall
Community School in Richmond, providing guidance and advice to a
group of high school students as they prepared to enter the
workforce for the first time. GHD has also supported a program
at the school for many years with volunteers and funding to provide
breakfast for the school’s students, many of whom do not have
access to a nutritious breakfast at home.
- Mackay Coastal Cleanup (QLD) – Our team in
Mackay volunteered to ‘adopt’ Harbour Beach in Mackay. They
collected a total of 228 kg of rubbish as part of the Eco Barge
Clean Seas initiative.
- NAIDOC Week (NSW) – For the 2015 NAIDOC Week,
ourSydney office hostedGumaroy Newman, a Gomilaroi and Wakka Wakka
man, to share his Indigenous cultural connections to the land,
share some stories and perform a couple of songs.
- Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser (NSW) – Our Sydney
office held a fundraiser to support relief efforts following the
devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015.
- OneCare (VIC) – Our people in Geelong
volunteer at a monthly community lunch for OneCare, providing
support and social interaction with the Geelong West
- Oxfam Trailwalker Challenge – For the fourth
year in a row, a team from GHD in Victoria tackled this grueling
100 km walk to overcome global poverty issues.
- Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation (WA) – A
team of 10 GHD Young Professionals abseiled down the 125 m high
Woodside building in Perth to raise funds for this foundation.
- Shoalhaven Professional Business Association’s
Professional Snapshot Event (NSW) – Since 2011, GHD in
Nowra has participated in an annual educational event for
schoolchildren coordinated by the Shoalhaven Professional Business
Association (SPBA). In 2015, GHD Environmental Engineers Jane
Curran and Lachlan Carratt hosted a session where school children
applied problem solving skills as a group, students attempted to
draw a series of instructions and write an engineering speciation
that outlined how to make a jam sandwich and also build a bridge
from marshmallows and spaghetti.
- WaterAid Walk 4 Water – GHD people in
Victoria, Sydney and South Queensland raised money by taking at
least 10,000 steps per day to assist WaterAid Australia transform
lives by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in
- World’s Greatest Shave – GHD people across
Australia showed their support for the Leukemia Foundation by
taking part in the 2015 World’s Greatest Shave and raising funds
for worthy cause.
- CANStruction – Our people created a piece
called ‘Giving is the New Black’ and donated 1000 kg (2200 lbs) of
- Great Urban Race – Our people raced around
Toronto to raise funds in support of The Sick Kids Hospital in
Toronto and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis,
- Heart and Stroke Foundation – A team from our
Waterloo office participated in the Kitchener Hockey for
Heart Tournament and raised funds for this cause. Another
team from our Whitby, Markham, and Mississauga offices participated
in the Ride for Heart bicycle ride to raise money. In the last six
years, our people have raised more than CAD25,000 for this
- Habitat for Humanity – A team from the
Montreal and Laval offices rolled up their sleeves for Habitat’s
Women Build Program, donating time and skills to benefit local
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – A team of GHD
cyclists participated in the Grand Bend to London MS Bike Tour to
raise funds to help improve the lives of people living with
- Astoreca Foundation – Our office in Santiago
donated 50 computers to the San Joaquin Public School in Renca to
enhance the students’ learning experience.
- Doha English Speaking School – GHD supported
the school’s football team, which was recently crowned 2015 Qatar
Private Primary Schools Sports Association Alliance Cup
- Box Appeal – Once again GHD has participated
in the Box Appeal in Qatar, a charity initiative run by Radisson
Blu and Park Inn Hotels in the Middle East. It is a campaign that
involves the public collecting and donating items such as clothing
and toiletries, which many take for granted but are often luxuries
for the less affluent. In 2015, GHD assembled 31 boxes.
- Habitat for Humanity – Our Young Professionals
(YPs) in New Zealand are very involved with Habitat for Humanity
having undertaken four builds in 2015, donating their time and
services to build homes for the disadvantaged.
- Prostate Cancer & Breast Cancer
Foundations – Our YPs organised a ‘Blokes morning tea’ and
a ‘BBQ for Breast Cancer’, with staff dressing in blue and pink on
each day respectively, raising funds for these two worthy
- Wilding Pines Tree Planting – A group of GHD
volunteers joined a volunteer day organised by Environment
Canterbury in April 2015. The key objective was to help control the
spread of wilding pines, which displace indigenous habitats and
species, impact cultural and historic sites, reduce farm
profitability and increase fire risk.
- Ngati Whatua Marae – GHD volunteers attended
an annual education and careers festival at a local Marae, teaching
local children about engineering and design through an interactive
‘build the tallest structure’ competition. The winner went home
with a GHD branded prize pack.
- Gift Giving Program – Every year, the Young
Professionals (YP) Group in our Manila office, holds an outreach
program to benefit a chosen charity. During the 2014/2015 financial
year, the group raised funds for the Paediatric-Emergency Ward in
the Philippines General Hospital (PGH) by singing Christmas
- Steps to Success – GHD participated in Steps
to Success, an annual event held in York for children and their
parents to chat to people in lots of different disciplines
including engineering to provide motivation and guidance for their
- Mayrland City Elementary School – Our office
in Bowie, Maryland adopted this local school and donated 74
backpacks and school supplies to help meet the needs of
- Adopt-a-highway Cleanup – Young professionals
in our Madison office participated in three adopt-a-highway
- Operation Good Things (Channel 9) – Our people
in Cazenovia and Syracuse took part in this initiative and donated
hundreds of gift for the 2014 holiday season.
- Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – Young
professionals in our Harrisburg office organised an office-wide
canned and non-perishable food drive to benefit this Food Bank.
More than 234 pounds of food was donated to help feed around 600
- American Heart Association – Our office in
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania held a fundraiser for the American Heart
Association’s Go Red for Women Day to raise awareness for women’s
- American Red Cross – GHD people in our
Cazenovia office donated 22 ‘units’ of blood in January 2015 to
boost blood and platelet supplies.
- YMCA – Our people in Harrisburg sponsored the
12th Annual Corporate Challenge held at the West Shore
YMCA. The GHD Gladiators competed against seven other local
companies and raised funds for the YMCA to continue to provide
family and health services.
- Feeding the homeless in San Francisco – Our
people regularly make sandwiches and distribute them to the
Embarcadero area, home to a large homeless population.
- Huntington County Pride – For nearly 20 years,
GHD has supported this not for profit. This year our people
participated in the annual telethon to help raise USD165,000.
- Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services –
People from our Sacramento office volunteered their time to help
distribute emergency groceries for this organisation to
approximately 130 families.
- Punta Colonet Community Center Project – Nate
Oakes from our San Diego office has donated his time and civil and
structural engineering skills to help families in Baja, California
Mexico by contributing to the building of a community center.
- Orange County Food Bank – In Irvine, our
people made a difference to the local community by volunteering to
assemble 1200 food boxes for children and seniors.
Our 2014 contributions to the community are as follows:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.