Our robust and dynamic business model has enabled GHD to grow
into one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture,
environmental consulting and construction services companies. We
are one of the top six 100 percent employee-owned companies in our
industry and are proud to be unique in this way.
With one in every four of our people being a shareholder, GHD
does not have any external ownership – the sustained growth,
direction and success of our company is determined by the people
who work at GHD. This allows us to plan for the long term, setting
strategies that enable growth and develop some of the best
technical capabilities in the world.
GHD has nearly 90 years of history and capability, with 8500
people operating across 200 offices globally. Our client-service
led culture has been developed through both organic growth and
mergers. Our culture is supported by our values of Safety,
Teamwork, Respect and Integrity, empowering our people to represent
the company at a local level. It is our shareholders that take
these values to a deeper level – committed to client service
excellence and connected by the special bond of proprietorship.
Our people are our investors and believe passionately that
private ownership positively impacts how we perform as an entity;
our interactions with clients, the systems we use and ultimately
how we pursue growth and opportunities. Everything we do is
calibrated with the level of passion and professional pride
associated with being private.
What’s more, the inter-generational knowledge transfer and
mentoring that our structure offers is invaluable. Quite often on
projects we can have professionals with more than 20 years’
experience with the company working alongside graduates – this is a
powerful combination, and one that emphasises the value of our
offering to clients.
In addition our shareholders realise that they have a
responsibility to hold and then pass on shares to the next
generation. As our people help build our business, they also create
legacies that develop a ‘life of their own’. This personal
commitment to create value ensures that clients benefit from
innovative and responsive service.
Our brand has been protected through multiple inter-generational
changes in leadership over the course of our history. Our
shareholders feel strongly that they are temporary custodians of
the company, so our model of employee ownership is highly
sustainable. We provide a distinctive alternative for talented
people who are not satisfied with just working for a great company,
but are also keen to be a part of creating an enduring legacy of
ownership for themselves and younger colleagues.